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Ten spots up for grabs

Published: Monday 13 August 2007, 10.24CET
The last ten second qualifying round places will be filled on Tuesday, with ASD CF Bardolino Verona and Everton LFC among clubs facing decisive games.
by Andrian Ixari & Paul Saffer
Published: Monday 13 August 2007, 10.24CET

Ten spots up for grabs

The last ten second qualifying round places will be filled on Tuesday, with ASD CF Bardolino Verona and Everton LFC among clubs facing decisive games.

The last ten places in the UEFA Women's Cup second qualifying round will be filled on Tuesday night and in most of the 20 fixtures there is something at stake. Iceland's Valur Reykjavik have wrapped up first qualifying round Group A2, but the other nine pools are up for grabs along with an extra berth for the runners-up with the best record against the teams finishing first and third in their pool.

Bardolino in form
Along those last-day showdowns is the meeting of Spain's Athletic Club BFKEB and Italian champions ASD CF Bardolino Verona in Group A5 in Slovenia. Athletic began by beating hosts ŽNK KRKA Novo Mesto 4-0 and on Saturday struck 16 without replay against Maltese debutants Birkirkara FC, Erika claiming seven goals to take her tournament tally to eight. But it is Bardolino who will only need a draw on Tuesday to move through to a group containing holders Arsenal LFC, one of the top five seeds given byes, as the Verona team had already defeated Birkirkara 16-0 and beat KRKA 5-0 at ther weekend.

'Good game' predicted
Bardolino striker and Italy captain Valentina Boni said: "We started the game a bit slowly, but during the match we found our rhythm and played well. Our opponents were well-prepared physically, but tactically we were better. If we continue like this in the decider against Athletic, it should be a really good game."

Everton in form
In Group A1, Everton LFC are making their competition debut having finished runners-up in England last season behind Arsenal. And with a sprinkling of players set to represent England in the FIFA Women's World Cup, Everton have made a fine start to European football. They overcame Lithuanian hosts Gintra Universitetas on Thursday and two days later beat Glentoran Belfast United 11-0, Amy Kane scoring a hat-trick.

'Excellent football'
A draw against Switzerland's FFC Zuchwil 05 will take Everton through to meet, among others, 1. FFC Frankfurt and Valur, and Toffees manager Mo Marley said: "We played some excellent football. Our passing and movement [on Saturday] was first class. It has been difficult to prepare for this competition because we didn't really know what we could come up against but the attitude of the squad has been fantastic."

2007/08 UEFA Women's Cup first qualifying round: 9-14 August
Hosts in bold, click here for full standings
Group A1 Group A2
Everton LFC (ENG) Valur Reykjavík (ISL)
FFC Zuchwil 05 (SUI) FC Honka Espoo (FIN)
Gintra Universitetas (LTU) ADO Den Haag (NED)
Glentoran Belfast United (NIR) Klaksvíkar Ítróttarfelag KÍ (FRO)
Group A3 Group A4
SV Neulengbach (AUT) SU 1° Dezembro (POR)
Hibernian LFC (SCO) FCL Rapide Wezemaal (BEL)
Uczniowski Klub Sportowy 'GOL' (POL) Cardiff City LFC (WAL)
Mayo FC (IRL) WFC Osijek (CRO)
Group A5 Group A6
ASD CF Bardolino Verona (ITA) Olympique Lyonnais (FRA)
Athletic Club BFKEB (ESP) ŽNK SFK 2000 Sarajevo (BIH)
ŽNK KRKA Novo Mesto (SVN) ZFK Skiponjat (MKD)
Birkirkara FC (MLT) FK Slova Duslo Sala (SVK)
Group A7 Group A8
WFC Rossiyanka (RUS) Universitet Vitebsk (BLR)
Zhilstroy-1 Kharkov (UKR) FC NSA Sofia (BUL)
ŽFK Napredak Krusevac (SRB) FC PAOK Thessaloniki (GRE)
FC Dinamo Tbilisi (GEO) Pärnu FC (EST)
Group A9 Group A10
Alma KTZH (KAZ) AC Sparta Praha (CZE)
1. FC Femina Budapest (HUN) CFF Clujana (ROU)
FC Narta Chisinau (MDA) Maccabi Holon FC (ISR)
Ruslan-93 (AZE) AEK Kokkinochovion (CYP)

2007/08 UEFA Women's Cup second qualifying round: 11-16 October
Hosts tbc
Group B1 Group B2
Arsenal LFC (ENG, holders) Umeå IK (SWE)
Winners Group A5 Winners Group A7
Winners Group A9 Best runners-up
Winners Group A3 Winners Group A8
Group B3 Group B4
1. FFC Frankfurt (GER) Brøndby IF (DEN)
Winners Group A4 Kolbotn IL (NOR)
Valur Reykjavík (ISL) Winners Group A6
Winners Group A1 Winners Group A10

2007/08 UEFA Women's Cup knockout rounds (first team named home in first leg)
Quarter-finals: 14/15 & 21/22 November
1: Runners-up Group B4 v Winners Group B1
2: Runners-up Group B3 v Winners Group B2
3: Runners-up Group B2 v Winners Group B3
4: Runners-up Group B1 v Winners Group B4
Semi-finals: 29/30 March & 5/6 April
1: Winners Quarter-final 1 v Winners Quarter-final 2
2: Winners Quarter-final 3 v Winners Quarter-final 4
Final: 17 & 24 May
Winners Semi-final 1 v Winners Semi-final 2

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