Four-goal Grings leads Duisburg charge

FCR 2001 Duisburg have one foot in the last 16 after Inka Grings scored four in their 5-0 win at CSHVSM while FCF Juvisy Essonne and Rayo Vallecano are also well placed to progress.

Inka Grings scored four goals for Duisburg in Kazakhstan
Inka Grings scored four goals for Duisburg in Kazakhstan ©Peter Seeger

Four goals from Inka Grings ensured FCR 2001 Duisburg built a healthy lead against CSHVSM as the UEFA Women's Champions League round of 32 first legs continued on Thursday.

Duisburg's German rivals, 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam, began their title defence with a 9-0 win at Åland United among 11 games yesterday. And FCR, who preceded Potsdam as European champions, also picked up a comfortable victory in a trip to competition newcomers, prevailing 5-0 against CSHVSM in Kazakhstan. Grings, who only made her European debut in Duisburg's first UEFA Women's Cup season of 2008/09, is now fifth on the all-time scorers' list with 27 goals; she now has 16 in ten competitive club fixtures this term. Simone Laudehr was also on target.

FCR were among nine sides to come through the qualifying round; two more – Breidablik and FCF Juvisy Essonne – were rematched having drawn 3-3 at that stage. Like that game, their first leg tonight was in Iceland but the contest proved more one-sided this time around. Sandrine Soubeyrand gave the visitors an early lead and second-half efforts from Gaëtane Thiney and Laëtitia Tonazzi earned the French side a 3-0 success.

Valur Reykjavík were in confident mood ahead of their trip to Rayo Vallecano having recently sealed a fifth straight Icelandic title, but they were resoundingly beaten 3-0 in Madrid. Captain Natalia led the way for the Spanish outfit with a fourth-minute opener with goals either side of the break by Adriana and Jenifer Hermoso building a significant buffer ahead of the return. In tonight's other game, MTK Hungária FC produced a gritty display to hold Everton to a goalless draw in Budapest, the visitors hitting the woodwork three times.

One more first leg, between K. Sint-Truidense VV and AC Sparta Praha, is played next Tuesday. The second legs are on 13 and 14 October and the round of 16 draw is already made.

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