Women's Champions League round of 32 tie by tie

Stamford Bridge, Stade de Lyon and San Mamés are among the venues as the round of 32 gets under way on Wednesday: we guide you through the 16 ties.

Stamford Bridge hosted the 2013 UEFA Women's Champions League final - won by Wolfsburg
Stamford Bridge hosted the 2013 UEFA Women's Champions League final - won by Wolfsburg ©Sportsfile

The UEFA Women's Champions League knockout stage begins on Wednesday with grounds including Stamford Bridge, Stade de Lyon and San Mamés staging matches in the round of 32. We run through the ties over the next two weeks.

Chelsea (ENG) v Wolfsburg (GER) – 5 & 12 October
A rematch of last season's round of 16 tie when Wolfsburg won home and and away on their way to the final, and the summer signing of Anja Mittag (whose next goal will make her the first to 50 in this competition) and recent league win at Bayern München bode well for Ralf Kellermann's side. Last month Chelsea conceded their English title to Manchester City but for the first time are hosting a home European tie at Stamford Bridge, where Wolfsburg beat Lyon to win their first title in 2013.

How Lyon won the 2016 final
How Lyon won the 2016 final

Avaldsnes (NOR) v Lyon (FRA, holders) – 5 & 12 October
Last season's Norwegian runners-up came through the qualifying round on debut but have now been handed a tie with the holders, who won their third title in May, with their line led by UEFA Best Women's Player in Europe Ada Hegerberg. The second leg will be played at Stade de Lyon, where OL struck 16 goals in their two European appearances in 2015/16, and they have 19 without reply in three league games this season.

LSK Kvinner (NOR) v Paris Saint-Germain (FRA) – 6 & 13 October
The other Norwegian and French entrants also meet. LSK are on course for a third straight league title and are unbeaten in 2016, scoring eight in their most recent game. Paris, meanwhile, are aiming to go one better than reaching the 2015 final with a new coach in Patrice Lair, who oversaw Lyon's 2011 and 2012 wins.

Hibernian (SCO) v Bayern München (GER) – 5 & 12 October
Scotland have benefitted from 12, rather than eight, nations being given two entries to the competition and Hibernian have another European campaign after qualifying round exits in 2004/05, 2006/07 and 2007/08. They will be hosting the German champions at the men's Easter Road stadium, where Hibs got used to those surroundings by beating Stirling University in a league game. Bayern went out at this stage to Twente last year, and after two campaigns remain the only German side to enter this competition without ever lifting the trophy.

Manchester City added the FA WSL Cup to their league title on Sunday
Manchester City added the FA WSL Cup to their league title on Sunday©Getty Images

Manchester City (ENG) v Zvezda-2005 (RUS) – 6 & 12 October
After clinching their first English league title, City are already assured of European football in 2017/18 and followed up on Sunday by winning the FA WSL Cup 1-0 after extra time against Birmingham City. The visit of 2009 runners-up Zvezda-2005 is the Sky Blues' UEFA competition debut, though players including Kosovare Asllani, Jane Ross and Steph Houghton have plenty of experience from previous clubs. Zvezda have won all four of their past round of 32 ties and will also be back next season whatever happens against City after beating CSKA on Friday to finish second in Russia.

Breidablik (ISL) v Rosengård (SWE) – 5 & 12 October
Quarter-finalists for the last two seasons, Rosengård begin their campaign with Marta only three goals behind ex-club-mate Mittag as the competition's leading scorer. On Friday they beat Umeå 5-1, Lotta Schelin among the scorers, to ensure a top-two Damallsvenskan finish and a European return next season, their unbeaten league run now 31 matches. Breidablik, who have conceded an aggregate nine goals in both of their previous knockout ties, were deposed as Icelandic champions by Stjarnan on Friday. Stjarnan started the final day two points clear and beat FH 4-0 while Breidablik lost 1-0 at Valur.

Athletic Club (ESP) v Fortuna Hjørring (DEN) – 5 & 12 October
Athletic end a nine-year absence from Europe having beaten the newly-professional Barcelona to the Spanish title last season. They will hope for a big crowd at San Mamés as they play the 2003 runners-up, who have got through this round every season since it was introduced in 2009/10, a record the Danish side share with Lyon.

Eskilstuna United (SWE) v Glasgow City (SCO) – 6 & 13 October
Eskilstuna of Sweden make their debut against one of this competition's most familiar names, though Glasgow lost at this stage to Chelsea last season having reached a first quarter-final the previous year. United include Olympic silver-medallist Olivia Schough and fellow Swedish international Malin Diaz, though they are already out of contention to return to Europe through the Damallsvenskan next season while City are on course for a tenth straight Scottish title.

Barcelona faced Paris in last season's quarter-finals
Barcelona faced Paris in last season's quarter-finals©Getty Images

Minsk (BLR) v Barcelona (ESP) – 6 & 12 October
Quarter-finalists last season and strengthened this summer by the signing of Line Røddik, Barcelona are a coming force in this competition despite losing the Spanish title to Athletic. Minsk scored 17 goals in three qualifying round games.

Twente (NED) v Sparta Praha (CZE) – 5 & 12 October
Twente fell to Barcelona in the round of 16 last season after their shock win against Bayern, while Sparta made the quarter-finals in 2005/06. They will host the second leg at Generali Arena, but first they play at FC Twente Stadion, which in August will stage the UEFA Women's EURO 2017 final.

Apollon (CYP) v Slavia Praha (CZE) – 5 & 12 October
Slavia emulated Sparta by reaching the quarter-finals last season and held Lyon 0-0 in the second leg (though they had lost the first 9-1). Apollon have lost all five of their round of 32 ties.

Sturm Graz (AUT) v Zürich (SUI) – 5 & 12 October
Sturm make their competition debut and take on a Zürich side who, after reaching the round of 32 for the sixth time, signed Canada winger Adriana Leon.

Sarajevo enjoy their qualifying round success
Sarajevo enjoy their qualifying round success©Fedja Krvavac

SFK 2000 Sarajevo (BIH) v Rossiyanka (RUS) – 5 & 13 October
This is only the second time Sarajevo have got through qualifying in their 14 entries and they take on a Rossiyanka side who have won all five of their previous round of 32 games and that have clinched the 2016 Russian title, finishing nine points clear despite losing their last game 1-0 at Ryazan-VDV on Friday.

Medyk Konin (POL) v Brescia (ITA) – 5 & 13 October
Brescia knocked out Liverpool and Fortuna to reach last season's quarter-finals and meet Medyk, who lost at this stage in 2014/15 and 2015/16, albeit to Lyon and Glasgow. On Wednesday, Brescia beat Verona 2-0 with two Daniele Sabatino goals to win the Italian Super Cup.

BIIK-Kazygurt (KAZ) v Verona (ITA) – 5 & 12 October
BIIK have fallen at this stage four times but have drawn at home to both FFC Frankfurt and Barcelona in the last two seasons and have another dominant campaign in Kazakhstan under their belt. Verona were involved in a memorable tie at this stage last season, winning 5-4 at St. Pölten before a 2-2 home draw.

St. Pölten (AUT) v Brøndby (DEN) – 5 & 12 October
St. Pölten themselves are up against three-time semi-finalists Brøndby, who fell in the round of 32 last season to Slavia.

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