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Women's Champions League round of 32 report

Holders Lyon, Wolfsburg, Barcelona, Paris, Bayern, Manchester City and Chelsea are among the 15 teams through so far.

Chelsea saw off Benfica to reach the round of 16
Chelsea saw off Benfica to reach the round of 16 Chelsea FC via Getty Images

UEFA Women's Champions League holders Lyon are among 15 teams through to the round of 16 so far: one more tie is to be settled with Vålerenga taking on Brøndby on 7 and 14 February.

Second legs

2020 final highlights: Wolfsburg 1-3 Lyon
2020 final highlights: Wolfsburg 1-3 Lyon
  • Lyon saw off Juventus to make it 24 wins out of 24 in the 12 seasons of the round of 32 (which will be replaced in the new format from 2021/22 including a 16-team group stage).
  • Last season's runners-up Wolfsburg and beaten semi-finalists Paris and Barcelona also eased through as did Bayern and Atlético, who both fell in the 2019/20 last eight.
  • Servette and PSV lost their debut European ties to respectively Atlético and Barça, for who Lieke Martens struck twice on her birthday.
  • Daniele Sabatino scored five minutes into added time to send Fiorentina through at Slavia.
  • Manchester City dashed Göteborg's hopes reaching the final in their home town to go through along with Chelsea.
  • Lanchkhuti, who were the first Georgian side to get through a round of this competition, exited to Rosengård, who could yet be Swedish finalists in Gothenburg.
  • Minsk just missed out on a famous comeback at LSK but have already assured their return for next season via their domestic league, as have another side eliminated in this round, Göteborg.
  • Fortuna, like Lyon and Brøndby ever-present in the round of 32, progressed for the 11th time in those 12 attempts.
  • Last season's quarter-finalists Glasgow City fell to another club with last-eight experience, Sparta Praha.
  • St. Pölten have progressed past the round of 16 for the first time at the seventh attempt. They are the only team so far to be making their last 16 bow and the sole remaining team from the qualifying rounds, though debutants Vålerenga could match them if they get past Brøndby.
  • The round of 16 draw is on 16 February with the ties scheduled for 3/4 & 10/11 March.
Lyon paid tribute to their technical director Gérard Houllier, who died on Monday, before kick-off against Juventus
Lyon paid tribute to their technical director Gérard Houllier, who died on Monday, before kick-off against JuventusIcon Sport via Getty Images

Thursday 17 December
Zürich 0-1 St. Pölten (agg: 0-3)

Wednesday 16 December
BIIK-Kazygurt 1-0 WFC-2 Kharkiv (agg: 2-2, BIIK win on away goals)
Slavia Praha 0-1 Fiorentina (agg: 2-3)
Paris Saint-Germain 6-1 Górnik Łęczna (agg: 8-1)
Manchester City 3-0 Göteborg (agg: 5-1)
Barcelona 4-1 PSV Eindhoven
(agg: 8-2)
Bayern München 3-0 Ajax (agg: 6-1)
Wolfsburg 2-0 Spartak Subotica (agg: 7-0)
Rosengård 10-0 Lanchkhuti
(agg: 17-0)
LSK Kvinner 0-1 Minsk
(agg: 2-1)
Fortuna Hjørring 3-2 Pomurje (agg: 6-2)
Chelsea 3-0 Benfica (agg: 8-0)
Glasgow City 0-1 Sparta Praha (agg: 1-3)

Tuesday 15 December
Lyon 3-0 Juventus (agg: 6-2)
Atlético Madrid 5-0 Servette (agg: 9-2)

Atlético reached the round of 16 on Tuesday
Atlético reached the round of 16 on TuesdayGetty Images

Sunday 14 February
Brøndby vs Vålerenga
 

UEFA can confirm that the second leg Brøndby (DEN) vs Vålerenga (NOR), scheduled for Wednesday 16 December in Brøndby, has been postponed. This follows the announcement last week that the first leg between the two teams, planned for 10 December in Oslo, could not take place as scheduled.

Both clubs have requested that the 1st and 2nd legs of the tie in question be rearranged to take place on the following dates: 7 February 2021: Vålerenga vs Brøndby; 14 February 2021: Brøndby vs Vålerenga. UEFA has agreed to this request.

First legs

Watch the top five goals of the 2020 finals
Watch the top five goals of the 2020 finals
  • Juventus twice led Lyon but the holders turned the game to make it 23 wins out of 23 in their round of 32 matches.
  • Last season's runners-up Wolfsburg secured a comfortable win at Spartak Subotica, who held them 0-0 at this stage five years ago.
  • Past quarter-finalists Sparta Praha earned a 2-1 victory against Glasgow City, who made the last eight for the second time in 2019/20.
  • Fran Kirby's early goal at Benfica made her Chelsea's all-time leading scorer.
  • FIFA Women's World Cup champion Sam Mewis got the winner on her competition debut in Manchester City's comeback triumph.
  • Both Spanish sides gained leads against debutants – Barcelona 4-1 victors at PSV and Atlético twice trailing at Servette but winning 4-2 with a crucial goal from Deyna Castellanos, only the second player from Venezuela to play in the competition.
  • Paris matched last season's other four semi-finalists Lyon, Wolfsburg and Barcelona by winning their first leg 2-0 at Górnik Łęczna.

Sunday 7 February
Vålerenga vs Brøndby

Fiorentina knocked out Slavia with a last-gasp goal
Fiorentina knocked out Slavia with a last-gasp goalPavel Jirik

Thursday 10 December
Fiorentina 2-2 Slavia Praha
Górnik Łęczna 0-2 Paris Saint-Germain 
Ajax 1-3 Bayern München

Wednesday 9 December
Lanchkhuti 0-7 Rosengård 
Minsk 0-2 LSK Kvinner
WFC-2 Kharkiv 2-1 BIIK-Kazygurt
Pomurje 0-3 Fortuna Hjørring
Spartak Subotica 0-5 Wolfsburg
Juventus 2-3 Lyon
Sparta Praha 2-1 Glasgow City
Benfica 0-5 Chelsea
Göteborg 1-2 Manchester City
PSV Eindhoven 1-4 Barcelona
St. Pölten 2-0 Zürich
Servette 2-4 Atlético Madrid

Sparta are back in the round of 16 after beating Glasgow City
Sparta are back in the round of 16 after beating Glasgow CityGetty Images

Guide

Lyon became the first team to win both seven titles and five in a row last season.

• The Juventus Stadium staged the Italian club's opening leg against holders Lyon – the first UEFA Women's Champions League game at the ground that will host the 2022 final.

Watch highlights of Lyon's seven final wins and trophy lifts
Watch highlights of Lyon's seven final wins and trophy lifts

• The only other past champions competing in this round are last season's runners-up Wolfsburg. Barcelona, Fortuna Hjørring and Paris Saint-Germain are previous finalists.

Brøndby, Lyon, Fortuna Hjørring are ever-presents in the round of 32, introduced in 2009/10. Sparta Praha and Zürich will be involved for the 11th time in the 12 seasons.

Brøndby are in the competition for a record-equalling 18th straight season and are the only side to have participated in the knockout phase in that many campaigns.

• Last season's quarter-finalists Glasgow City won both qualifying ties on penalties; adding their last-16 scalp of Brøndby in 2019/20, they have become the first team to triumph in three shoot-outs in this competition.

• Debutants starting in the round of 32: PSV Eindhoven, Servette.

• Debutants who came through qualifying: Benfica, Vålerenga, Lanchkhuti.

Lanchkhuti became the first Georgian side to win a match in this competition in the opening qualifying round.

Górnik Łęczna and Kharkiv are also in the round of 32 for the first time.

Tournament calendar

Round of 16 draw: 16 February
Round of 16: 3/4 & 10/11 March
Quarter-final & semi-final draw: 12 March
Quarter-finals: 23/24 March & 31 March/1 April
Semi-finals: 24/25 April & 1/2 May
Final: 16 May 2021 (Gamla Ullevi, Gothenburg)