The qualifying round concluded on Tuesday with a seven-goal individual display and a third successive hat-trick for ZFK Spartak Subotica forward Milena Nikolić as the lineup for the UEFA Women's Champions League round of 32 was finalised.
FC Zürich and Turkish debutants Konak Belediyespor had already ensured they would feature in the competition's last-32 draw on 5 September alongside the 22 automatic entrants, but eight qualifying slots remained vacant at kick-off.
As it was, Spartak Subotica, MTK Hungária FC, RTP Unia Racibórz, PK-35 Vantaa, Apollon Limassol LFC and Glasgow City LFC all clinched top spot in their groups to make the knockout phase. Furthermore, Pärnu JK and FC Twente joined them as the two runners-up with the best records against the sides first and third in their sections.
Group 1 (Host country: Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Konak Belediyespor, who were already guaranteed first place, signed off with a narrow victory over Cardiff City FC. Sibel Duman's solitary strike proved the difference there, while Monika Kuliš landed the decisive blow as WFC SFK 2000 Sarajevo came in second courtesy of a 3-2 win against FC NSA Sofia.
Group 2 (Romania)
Trailing on goal difference, CFF Olimpia Cluj needed to beat leaders Spartak Subotica to progress, but any hope the hosts harboured was swiftly extinguished when their Serbian opponents raced into a five-goal lead by the 33rd minute. Spartak Subotica eventually prevailed 8-3 thanks largely to Nikolić's four-goal contribution and a treble from Jelena Čubrilo. FK Gintra Universitetas downed SK Liepājas Metalurgs 2-0.
Group 3 (Northern Ireland)
Fresh from Sunday's civic reception in Belfast, WFC Kharkiv and MTK Hungária went into their decider level on six points. Behind on goal difference, the Hungarian outfit knew nothing less than another success would suffice, something they achieved by virtue of a lone Anita Pádár goal. Raheny United FC gained the Irish bragging rights over Crusaders Strikers WFC, running out 2-1 victors. Captain Mary Waldron, who keeps wicket for Ireland's women's cricket team, struck the winner for Casey McQuillan's charges.
Group 4 (Portugal)
Zürich's victories against Portuguese debutants Clube Atlético Ouriense and Montenegro's Ekonomist had already assured them of a fourth appearance in the round of 32 in five years, and they rounded off their group campaign with a 3-0 defeat of the competition's sole 13-time entrants, Faroese representatives KÍ Klaksvík. Ekonomist and Atlético Ouriense drew 1-1.
Group 5* (Slovenia)
Poland's Unia Racibórz required a point against FC Bobruichanka to proceed to the round of 32, in which they will be seeded, and gained it by drawing 0-0 with the Belarusian side "I am extremely satisfied with the result," said Unia coach Remigiusz Trawinski. "Before the tournament I thought we had a weaker team than last year. We have many new, young players, still teenagers, but they put in a very good performance." However, ŽNK Pomurje Beltinci's Tanja Vrabel turned in the display of the night – and perhaps the round – registering seven times in a 13-0 triumph over KS Ada Velipoje.
Group 6 (Finland)
Three teams were in contention at kick-off but Finnish hosts PK-35 made sure they could not be caught by overcoming FC PAOK Thessaloniki 2-1. On a hat-trick, Heidi Kivelä was not punished for hitting the woodwork from the penalty spot 17 minutes from time. As it transpired, Pärnu's 3-1 success over ŽFK Biljanini Izvori was enough for them to qualify as one of the best second-placed clubs.
Group 7 (Cyprus)
Apollon led ASA Tel-Aviv FC by two points before their group decider and, for the fourth year running, the Cypriot outfit marched into the last 32. The mini-tournament hosts prevailed 3-0 against their Israeli opponents, with all the goals coming after the 55th-minute dismissal of goalkeeper Adi Jurman for fouling Andreea Laiu in the penalty area. FC Nové Zámky, who had scorer Andisiwe Mgcoyi sent off in added time, overwhelmed Goliador-SS11 6-0.
Group 8 (Netherlands)
Glasgow City, who will be seeded in the draw, strode through this round for the third straight year, keeping a third consecutive clean sheet in seeing off Twente 2-0. It proved not to be a terminal loss for the Dutch side, though. A hat-trick from Izabela Lojna shaped WFC Osijek's 7-1 win aganst Birkirkara FC, condemning the Maltese team to fourth place in the pool.
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