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Women's Champions League quarter-final guide

Holders Lyon face Bayern, Atlético take on Barcelona, Arsenal meet Paris and Glasgow play Wolfsburg.

Women's Champions League quarter-final ties
Women's Champions League quarter-final ties ©Getty Images

The road to the UEFA Women's Champions League final in San Sebastián is set: we introduce the last-eight ties.


Friday 21 August
Glasgow City vs Wolfsburg (18:00 CET: Anoeta Stadium, San Sebastián)
Atlético Madrid vs Barcelona (18:00 CET: San Mamés Stadium, Bilbao)
Saturday 22 August
Arsenal vs Paris Saint-Germain (20:00 CET: Anoeta Stadium, San Sebastián)
Lyon vs Bayern München (20:00 CET: San Mamés Stadium, Bilbao)


Tuesday 25 August
2: Glasgow City/Wolfsburg vs Atlético/Barcelona (20:00 CET: Anoeta Stadium, San Sebastián)
Wednesday 26 August
1: Arsenal/Paris vs Lyon/Bayern (20:00 CET: San Mamés Stadium, Bilbao)


Sunday 30 August
Winner semi-final 2 vs Winner semi-final 1 (20:00 CET: Anoeta Stadium, San Sebastián)

Glasgow City (SCO) v Wolfsburg (GER)

Previous best: quarter-final (2014/15)
Quarter-final record: W0 L1
In brief: Last year clinched their 13th Scottish title in a row

New players (since round of 16): Janine van Wyk (defender), Krystyna Freda (forward), Zaneta Wyne (defender), Aoife Colvil (forward), Lauren Wade (midfielder), Sharon Wojcik (midfielder)

Previous best: winners (2012/13, 2013/14)
Quarter-final record: W5 L2
In brief: Beat Lyon in debut final in 2013 but have lost to them in the last four seasons: the 2016 and 2018 finals and the 2017 and 2019 quarters. Completed a fourth straight German double

New players: Katarzyna Kiedrzynek (goalkeeper), Kathrin Hendrich (defender), Lena Oberdorf (midfielder), Pauline Bremer (forward)

  • Glasgow's only previous quarter-final in 2015 ended in a 7-0 aggregate loss to Paris.
  • Wolfsburg have never met Scottish opposition before while Glasgow have previously been knocked out by Potsdam (2011/12 round of 16), Duisburg (2010/11 qualifying round), Bayern (2009/10 qualifying round) and Frankfurt (2008/09 second qualifying round).
  • Glasgow manager Scott Booth played for Borussia Dortmund in the 1997/98 UEFA Champions League.

Atlético Madrid (ESP) v Barcelona (ESP)

Atleti are in their first quarter-final
Atleti are in their first quarter-final©Getty Images

Previous best: first quarter-final
In brief: Spanish champions; knocked out Manchester City in last 16 this season having beaten them in round of 32 in 2018/19

New players: Turid Knaak (forward), Alia Guagni (defender), Hedvig Landahl (Wolfsburg), Merel van Dongen (defender), Jade Moore (midfielder), Emelyne Laurent (forward)

Previous best: final (2018/19)
Quarter-final record: W2 L3
In brief: Fifth quarter-final in a row; were first Spanish finalists last season

New players: Giovana Querioz (forward), Ana-Maria Crnogorčević (defender), Cata Coll (goalkeeper)

  • Atlético, who appointed Dani González as their third head coach of the season in January, beat Barcelona to the league title in 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19 but lost 6-1 at Estadi Johann Cruyff in September, ultimately falling short in the truncated season. Among their pre-finals signing is goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl as both Lola Gallardo and Sari van Veenendaal have left.
  • Last summer former Barcelona players Andrea Falcón and Jenni Hermoso returned to the club from Atlético and Toni Duggan went the other way.
  • Last season Duggan scored for Barcelona in a 2-0 win at Atleti watched by a world-record women's club crowd of 60,739 crowd at the Metropolitano.
  • This is the first all-Spanish tie in this competition, following previous ones involving English, French, German and Swedish teams.

Arsenal (ENG) v Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)

Previous best: winners (2006/07)
Quarter-final record: W6 L6
In brief: In a record 13th quarter-final after five seasons out of European football. The only one of the contenders not already assured a place for next season

New players: Steph Catley (defender), Caitlin Foord (forward), Malin Gut (midfielder), Lydia Williams (goalkeeper), Noëlle Maritz (defender)

Previous best: runners-up (2014/15, 2016/17)
Quarter-final record: W3 L1
In brief: Went out at this stage last season to an added-time Chelsea goal

New players: Benedicte Simon (defender, Charlotte Voll (goalkeeper), Ramona Bachmann (forward), Luana (midfielder)

  • These teams drew 2-2 in August 2018, giving Arsenal first place in the Toulouse International Cup, though Paris equalised in added time.
  • Paris's loss to Chelsea at this stage last season was their first meeting with English opposition in this competition.
  • Arsenal have lost all their previous ties with French opposition, to Lyon in the 2010/11 semi-finals, 2008/09 second qualifying round and 2007/08 quarter-finals, and to Toulouse in the inaugural 2001/02 quarter-finals.

Lyon (FRA, holders) v Bayern München (GER)

Lyon's record six triumphs

Previous best: winners (2010/11, 2011/12, 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19)
Quarter-final record: W10 L0
In brief: Added two new records in the round of 16: the first team to play 100 games in this competition and Ada Hegerberg became all-time top scorer on 53 goals before suffering an ACL injury in January. Won last 14 French league titles and beat Paris on penalties in French Cup final on 9 August to clinch their ninth double.

New players: Ellie Carpenter (defender), Sakina Karchaoui (defender), Lola Gallardo (goalkeeper), Sara Björk Gunnarsdóttir (midfielder), Jodie Taylor (forward)

Previous best: semi-finals (2018/19)
Quarter-final record: W1 L1
In brief: Only German entrants not to win this competition

New players: Lea Schüller (forward), Hanna Glas (defender), Marina Hegering (defender), Sarah Zadrazil (forward), Viviane Asseyi (forward)

  • This will be Lyon's 12th tie against a German club having previously faced Duisburg, Turbine Potsdam, FFC Frankfurt and Wolfsburg. Lyon beat Wolfsburg in the 2016/17 and 2018/19 quarter-finals and have come out best in seven of the previous 11 ties with German teams including four of six finals.
  • Bayern have lost both previous ties against French sides, 4-1 on aggregate to Paris in the 2016/17 quarter-finals and 1-0 overall to Montpellier after extra time in the home second leg in the 2009/10 round of 16.
  • Lyon's squad includes German international Dzsenifer Marozsán, who signed a contract extension in June. Sarah Bouhaddi, Lucy Bronze and Alex Greenwood also signed extended deals in addition to the new arrivals.

Player registration for the 2019/20 UEFA Women’s Champions League
Due to the cancellation of most domestic women’s leagues, there will be a clear break between the 2019/2020 and 2020/21 seasons. As most clubs were unable to extend existing contracts due to the additional financial burden, the UEFA Executive Committee has decided to allow the registration of six new players for the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final.

All six players may have been fielded for another club in a previous round, but only a maximum of three of these are permitted to have played for one of the other quarter-finalists.

Such additional registrations must have been completed by midnight CET on 18 August 2020.

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