The UEFA Women's Cup first qualifying round concluded tonight with progress for tournament debutants Everton LFC and Olympique Lyonnais, among nine teams to clinch their groups, while CFF Clujana also came through as the runners-up with the best record against the teams finishing first and third in their mini-tournament. uefa.com rounds up the action from Matchday 3.
Everton, making their European debut as English runners-up behind UEFA Women's Cup holders Arsenal LFC, beat Switzerland's FFC Zuchwil 05 5-0 to clinch their progress into a second qualifying round group in October also containing two-time winners 1. FFC Frankfurt. Fara Williams and Jodie Hanley each scored twice and Fern Whelan was also on target. Lithuanian group hosts Gintra Universitetas took third place as they defeated Glentoran Belfast United 2-1.
SV Neulengbach celebrated progress on home soil in Austria thanks to their 8-1 win against Poland's Ucziniowski Klub Sportowy GOL, Nina Burger striking four times and Maria Gstöttner adding a hat-trick for a team that will now face Arsenal in Group B1. Scotland's Hiberian LFC missed out despite an 8-0 defeat of Irish champions Mayo FC.
In one of the closest finishes across the ten groups, Inge Heiremans struck nine minutes from time to give KFC Rapide Wezemaal of Belgium the 1-0 win they needed to pip Portugal's SU 1° Dezembro to a place in Group B3 with Frankfurt, Everton and Valur. Croatian hosts ZNK Osijek finished third thanks to their 2-1 defeat of Cardiff City LFC.
ASD CF Bardolino Verona of Italy overcame Spain's Athletic Club BFKEB to edge a group the pair had previously dominated and they now face, among others, Arsenal. Slovenian mini-tournament hosts ŽNK KRKA Novo Mesto were third after a 5-1 win against inaugural Maltese entrants Birkirkara FC.
Olympique Lyonnais produced another superb performance to continue their perfect tournament debut into the next stage. Their 7-0 win against nearest challengers ŽNK SFK 2000 Sarajevo took Lyon's goal tally in their three games to 29 without reply, six of them from today's hat-trick scorer Katia. Macedonian hosts ZFK Skiponjat overcame FK Slovan Duslo Sala 3-1 for third place.
Russian champions WFC Rossiyanka are through to the second qualifying round for the second year running thanks to a 3-0 home victory against Ukrainian side Zhilstroy-1 Kharkov. Anna Kozhnikova put Rossiyanka ahead in the first half before Natalia Barbashina and Natalia Mokshanova ensured delight for the 3,000-strong crowd, whose team will now face 2006/07 runners-up Umeå IK. Serbia's FK Napredak Kruševca beat Georgia's first UEFA Women's Cup representatives FC Dinamo Tbilisi 6-2 for third place.
Belarussian side Universitet Vitebsk finished with the biggest winning margin of five points courtesy of their 2-0 win against FC NSA Sofia. The Bulgarian side did at least pip FC PAOK to second place on goal difference despite the Greek hosts' 3-2 defeat of Pärnu FC.
Having missed out on the second qualifying round for the first time in three years last season, Kazakhstan's Alma KTZH are safely through thanks to a 3-1 defeat of nearest challengers 1. FC Femina Budapest. Alma go into Arsenal's Group B1, while third in this pool were Moldovan hosts FC Narta Chisinau, who got off the mark with a 3-1 win against Ruslan 93 of Azerbaijan.
AC Sparta Praha and CFF Clujana went into Matchday 3 level at the summit with four points apiece - and each team claimed victory today to become the only sides to progress without winning all their three matches. Sparta were pushed hard by Israeli hosts Maccabi Holon FC but prevailed 4-3. And that proved enough for first place as Cluj's 11-0 defeat of Cypriot club AEK Kokkinochovion helped by a Rodica Striblea hat-trick was not enough to overhaul the Czech champions' goal difference advantage. However, having taken four points against the rest of the top three in their group, Cluj are through as best runners-up and Umeå will be among their opponents in October, Sparta taking on Lyon and 2006/07 semi-finalists Brøndby IF and Kolbotn IL.
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