Group 1 review: UEFA Women's Cup holders 1. FFC Frankfurt began their title defence by comfortably winning the pool ahead of Icelandic challengers Breidablik.
UEFA Women's Cup holders 1. FFC Frankfurt began their title defence by comfortably clinching second qualifying round Group 1. They are joined in the quarter-finals by Breidablik after the Icelandic champions clinched the runners-up spot today by defeating Universitet Vitebsk 1-0.
From the start Frankfurt were in control of the section as they eased to a 5-0 Matchday 1 success against the Belarussian champions Vitebsk. Sandra Smisek and Birgit Prinz ensured Frankfurt led by two at half-time and Renate Lingor, Saskia Bartusiak and Louise Hansen added further goals. Group hosts HJK Helsinki were defeated 2-1 by Breidablik, for whom Greta Mjoll Samuelsdottir won the game deep into added time.
Breidablik had no answer to Frankfurt two days later as the German side again struck five without reply. Frankfurt were put under pressure early on but went ahead on 24 minutes through a Lingor header. Their second came six minutes after the break following a superb passing move, finished off by Kerstin Garefrekes. The same player scored again 16 minutes later and with Breidablik tiring, Petra Wimbersky's shot from the edge of the area rattled in off the post. Seven minutes from time Lingor scored again, and as HJK and Vitebsk drew 0-0, first place in the pool was secured.
That left second spot up for grabs going into Matchday 3. Breidablik went into the game against Vitebsk knowing a draw would be enough to see them join Frankfurt. They went one better but were made to wait until the 88th minute before Samuelsdottir scored the winner to set up a last-eight meeting with Arsenal LFC. Frankfurt continued their impressive form to progress to a tie against Kolbotn IL with a 2-0 win against hosts HJK. Garefrekes put the holders in front with her third goal of the week on 41 minutes before Judith Affeld made sure nine minutes after the break.