Powerful Potsdam roll over Røa

1. FFC Turbine Potsdam 5-0 Røa IL The German champions streaked away with two Nadine Kessler goals and new signing Yuki Nagasato also scoring.

Nadine Kessler scored twice
Nadine Kessler scored twice ©Getty Images

Røa IL must overturn a five-goal deficit next Wednesday in Norway after 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam produced a dominant display in the first leg of their UEFA Women's Champions League quarter-final.

Only once in three previous European entries have Potsdam fallen before the final and goals before the break from Nadine Kessler and Viola Odebrecht gave the German champions the advantage. It was added to in the second half by Babett Peter and Kessler, who both scored their first senior international goals last week in the Algarve Cup, and then new signing Yuki Nagasato.

The visitors made a bright start to their first competitive game of 2010, forcing a corner in the first minute and soon afterwards Elise Thorsnes embarked on a solo run that forced a fine save from close range by Desiree Schumann. The 20-year-old goalkeeper was in action again on five minutes, denying Marit Fiane Christensen from point-blank range.

However, in the 20th minute Potsdam took the lead through Kessler's powerful effort from outside the box. Just before the interval Fatmire Bajramaj put in a superb cross from the right and Odebrecht applied the finishing touch.

Peter increased the lead in the 49th minute, turning in Bajramaj's corner. Midway through the second half Kessler, fresh from making her Germany debut in Portugal, had another goal after a ball in from the right by Anja Mittag. With nine minutes left Jennifer Zietz's header was cleared off the goal line by Hedda Strand Gardsjord but the attack continued and Bajramaj found Nagasato, on as a substitute, to claim the fifth for the 2004/05 European champions from just inside the box.

Bernd Schröder, the Potsdam coach, acknowledged his side had been under pressure early on. "It was noticeable in the first quarter how hard we found the game," he said. "Desiree Schumann stopped us from falling behind. After that we dominated the game and 5-0 is a good starting position for the second leg." Visiting captain Siri Nordby added: "We can play much better than we have today. We want to show that in the second leg."

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