European titleholders FCR 2001 Duisburg were among seven teams to reach the UEFA Women's Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday but 2009 runners-up Zvezda-2005 and FC Bayern Münchenare out.
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FCR 2001 Duisburg won through to the UEFA Women's Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday but the side they beat to lift the former UEFA Women's Cup in May, Zvezda-2005, were among seven clubs to exit the round of 16. One tie will be decided on Thursday, when Olympique Lyonnais welcome Fortuna Hjørring leading 1-0 after victory in Denmark. The draw for the quarter-finals, to be played on 10 and 17 March, takes place from 12.00CET on Friday 20 November.
Linköpings FC 0-2 FCR 2001 Duisburg (agg: 1-3)
Duisburg travelled to Sweden having needed a late equaliser to avoid a first European defeat in the opening leg. Needing to score to prevent an away-goals exit, Duisburg did just that through Alexandra Popp in the 59th minute. Inka Grings struck another in added time to end Linköping's debut continental campaign, though they will return in 2010/11 having clinched their first Damallsvenskan title.
Zvezda-2005 1-1 Røa IL (agg: 1-1, Røa win on away goals)
Røa are through to their maiden European quarter-final after ousting last season's runners-up in Perm. Guro Knutsen Mienna's second-minute goal proved decisive as Natalia Barbashina produced a 61st-minute equaliser but despite incessant pressure could not edge ahead, though their status as 2009 Russian champions has already ensured they will be back next season. "I don't think people realise how big this is," Røa striker Elise Thorsnes said. "It was a hard battle. But we got an early goal and that was important for us."
Brøndby IF 0-4 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam (agg: 0-5)
Potsdam gained revenge for their 2006/07 quarter-final defeat by Brøndby in some style. Already a goal to the good from the first leg in Germany, the 2004/05 European champions struck on six minutes through Nadine Kessler. Jessica Wich and Anja Mittag scored in quick succession midway through the second half before Kessler got another with two minutes remaining.
FC Bayern München 0-1 Montpellier Hérault SC (aet, agg: 0-1)
Just as a week ago in France, two evenly-matched sides were unable to produce a goal in 90 minutes. That changed in added time at the end of the first extra 15-minute period as Élodie Ramos led a quick break which was finished off by Hoda Lattaf. Bayern now needed two goals to save their maiden European campaign but could not peg back their visitors. The French club will now look to at least match their run to the semi-finals in 2005/06.
Umeå IK 1-1 WFC Rossiyanka (agg: 2-1)
Two-time UEFA Women's Cup winners and the only side to reach five finals, Umeå, were grateful for their 1-0 first-leg victory in Russia after being pushed all the way in Sweden. Sofia Jakobsson extended Umeå's aggregate lead in the second minute but Anna Kozhnikova scored late in the first half and Rossiyanka came close to striking another away goal which would have put them in the quarter-finals. Like Zvezda, Rossiyanka already know they will return next season.
Arsenal LFC 2-0 AC Sparta Praha (agg: 5-0)
Arsenal have now scored 23 goals without reply in their four European fixtures this season. There was good fortune for Arsenal on 31 minutes when Sparta captain Lucie Heroldová headed a Kim Little corner into her own net. Eleven minutes into the second half, Little struck her ninth UEFA Women's Champions League goal of the campaign, and her 20th overall this season, after a Helen Lander pass. Gunners manager Tony Gervaise said: "There was an air of expectancy that the game had been won but Sparta are a reasonable side, well-organised and very physical. We huffed and puffed in the first half but improved in the second half and the quality came through."
ASD Torres Calcio 4-1 SV Neulengbach (agg: 8-2)
Last season's Italian runners-up Torres repeated their first-leg scoreline against Neulengbach of Austria. It was goalless at the break but within seconds of the restart Raffaella Manieri had broken the deadlock and although Nina Burger equalised for the visitors, Elisabetta Tona, Daniela Stracchi and Silvia Fuselli scored in the last 16 minutes for Torres.