Olympique Lyonnais, ASD CF Bardolino Verona and Zhilstroy-1 Kharkov were the big winners as the UEFA Women's Cup first qualifying round kicked off.
Olympique Lyonnais, ASD CF Bardolino Verona and Zhilstroy-1 Kharkov were the big winners as the UEFA Women's Cup first qualifying round kicked off across Europe with 40 teams in ten groups chasing eleven places in the next stage. uefa.com rounds up the Matchday 1 action.
Everton LFC, who were runners-up behind UEFA Women's Cup winners Arsenal LFC in England last season, and Swiss champions FFC Zuchwil 05 picked up comfortable wins to kick off their campaigns. Zuchwil are top after a 5-1 defeat of Glentoran Belfast United of Northern Ireland with Simone Zahno striking before the break, Kristina Šundov adding two more and Denise Marti and substitute Sabrino Gatto also on target. Lithuanian mini-tournament hosts Gintra Universitetas then fell 4-0 to Everton with Fara Williams, Jody Handley, Becky Easton and Rachel Unitt the scorers.
Top seeds Valur Reykjavik needed goals in the last three minutes from Vanja Stefanovic and Margrét Lára Vidarsdóttir for a 2-1 win against Finland's FC Honka Espoo. The home team in the Faroe Islands, Klaksvíkar Ítróttarfelag KÍ, meet Valur on Saturday and also fought back for a 1-1 draw against ADO Den Haag, Nangila van Eyck's goal cancelled out by Doris Joensen.
Poland's Uczniowski Klub Sportowy GOL performed well on their tournament debut as they overcame Irish champions Mayo FC 4-1, Marta Otrębska and Marta Stobba each scoring twice. Austrian hosts SV Neulengback were the other winners but were pushed hard by Scotland's Hibernian LFC in a 4-3 victory with two goals from Natascha Celouch proving vital.
Portuguese champions SU 1° Dezembro powered past Croatian hosts ZNK Osijek with two goals from Edite Fernandes and one each by Sofia Couto, Susana Lourido, Tânia Araújo, Silva Nunes Brunheira and Elisabete Caleja. Belgium's FCL Rapide Wezemaal overcame Cardiff City LFC of Wales 2-0 with Kristel Verelst and Nannah Van Malenstein on target.
Italian representatives Bardolino secured the fourth largest margin of victory in the tournament's history as they won 16-0 against Malta's first UEFA Women's Cup entrants Birkirkara FC, five of the goals from Melania Gabbiadini. Spain's Athletic Club BFKEB, who will meet Bardolino on Matchday 3 on Tuesday, overcame Slovenian hosts ŽNK KRKA Novo Mesto 4-0 with goals in the final 22 minutes by Eba, Irune Murua, Nekane and Erika.
Lyon are ambitious for success on their European debut and defeated Slovakia's FK Slovan Duslo Šala 12-0, Katia and Louisa Necib both claiming hat-tricks. Macedonian champions ZFK Skiponjat, staging the group, lost 2-1 to Bosnia-Herzegovina's ZNK SFK Sarajevo as Tiajana Škrbić struck with three minutes to go.
Ukrainian champions Kharkov and Russian home team WFC Rossiyanka both signalled their intent with comfortable wins. FC Dinamo Tbilisi had a tough task on Georgia's debut in this competition as they were defeated 14-0 by Kharkov while Rossiyanka were 7-0 winners against Serbia's FK Napredak Kruševca.
Universitet Vitebsk of Belarus are in first place after defeating Greek hosts FC PAOK 4-0, Alena Buzinova scoring twice and Zoya Malinouskaya and Anna Gromolyuk striking in the last 20 minutes. FC NSA Sofia defeated Estonia's Pärnu FC, recovering from conceding an early Anastassia Morkovina goal to equalise before the break through Andriana Boyanova and win thanks to Jenia Stzezova and Stanislava Tsekova.
Two of the most experienced European teams in the first qualifying round won well in Moldova. Hungary's 1. FC Femina Budapest beat Ruslan 93 of Azerbaijan 6-0, while Alma KTZH of Kazakhstan struck five without reply against home team FC Narta Chisinau
Maccabi Holon FC made the most of home advantage in Israel as they overcame Cypriot champions AEK Kokkinochovion 5-1, aided by two goals from Shirli Ohana. Former quarter-finalists AC Sparta Praha needed an equaliser six minutes from time to gain a 1-1 draw with Romania's CFF Clujana, who had led on 22 minutes though Florentina Spanu.