Women's Champions League quarter-final preview

The quarter-finals begin at the weekend, and our preview includes news of a first loss in a year for VfL Wolfsburg and Swedish Super Cup success for FC Rosengård.

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Marta following dreams
Marta following dreams

The UEFA Women's Champions League quarter-finals are played over the next two weekends and UEFA.com looks at the ties and the current form of the contenders. Keep an eye out for the rest of this week for interviews from all eight clubs.

Quarter-finals (22 & 28 March)
Bristol Academy WFC (ENG) v 1. FFC Frankfurt*
VfL Wolfsburg (GER, holders) v FC Rosengård (SWE)
Glasgow City FC (SCO) v Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)
Linköpings FC (SWE) v Brøndby IF (DEN)

*tie reversed from draw; first leg 21 March/second leg 29 March

Semi-final draw (18/19 & 25/26 April)
Wolfsburg/Rosengård v Glasgow/Paris
Frankfurt/Bristol v Linköping/Brøndby

Final (Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark, Berlin): 18.00CET, 14 May
Winner semi-final 2 v Winner semi-final 1: ticket sales

PREVIEWS

Bristol Academy v Frankfurt

Bristol Academy
First quarter-final
Domestic position:
close season (2014: 7th)
Weekend result:
no match

Frankfurt
Quarter-final record:
W6 L2
Domestic position: Third
Weekend result:
Herforder SV 0-5 Frankfurt (league)

Over the winter Corinne Yorston, Natalia, Natasha Harding, Jemma Rose, Laura del Río and Alex Windell all left Bristol while Scottish forward Christie Murray and Wales quartet Lauren Townsend, Hayley Ladd, Nadia Lawrence and Sharla Passariello have joined.
Three-time European champions Frankfurt have won all four of their league games in 2015 to move to within two points of leaders Wolfsburg. They face SGS Essen on Wednesday.

Wolfsburg v Rosengård

Wolfsburg

Quarter-final record: W2 L0
Domestic position:
First
Weekend result:
1. FFC Turbine Potsdam 2-0 Wolfsburg (league)


Rosengård
Quarter-final record:
W1 L2
Domestic position: close season (2014: first)
Weekend result:
Rosengård 1-0 Linköping (Swedish Super Cup)

Glasgow's historic win
Glasgow's historic win

Aiming for a unique third straight European title and yet to lose match in this competition, Wolfsburg's 38-game competitive unbeaten run, lasting more than a year, was ended on Sunday by two late Potsdam goals. Wolfsburg's cause was not helped by both Nadine Kessler and Luisa Wensing having been ruled out for the season. Only two points separate fourth-place Potsdam from Wolfsburg, who play SC Sand on Wednesday.
Marta's 75th-minute goal ensured a good start to the season for Rosengård, who – under the name FCR Malmö – lost to Wolfsburg in the 2013/14 last 16.

Glasgow v Paris

Glasgow City
First quarter-final

Domestic position:
First (1 game played)
Weekend result:
Hutchison Vale 0-5 Glasgow City (league)

Paris
First quarter-final

Domestic position:
First
Weekend result:
no game played

Starting the Scottish season in good shape on Sunday, Glasgow's winter signings were Hayley Lauder, Megan Cunningham, Erin Cuthbert, Rhonda Jones, Georgie Rafferty and Kerry Montgomery. Alyshia Walker, Emily Thomson, Sarah Crilly, Courtney Whyte and Cuthbert all miss the Paris game.
Paris may lead in France but the team they knocked out of Europe in the round of 16, Olympique Lyonnais, look certain to retain the league title with two games in hand, and won 4-0 in the capital last month.

•  Linköping v Brøndby

Linköping
Quarter-final record: W0 L1
Domestic position: close season (2014: fourth)
Weekend result:
Rosengård 1-0 Linköping (Swedish Super Cup)

Brøndby
Quarter-final record: W2 L4
Domestic position: First
Weekend result: Brøndby 4-1 KoldingQ (league)

Like Bristol, but unlike Rosengård and Glasgow from the teams with summer seasons, Linköping know they will only return to Europe in 2015/16 by winning their maiden continental crown this time around. Over the winter, midfielders Vira Dyatel and Emilie Larsson have joined.
A Nanna Christiansen hat-trick on Sunday kept Brøndby 11 points clear at the top in Denmark. In three competitive games under new coach Per Nielsen, they have taken maximum points, scoing 19 and conceding just once.

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