1. FFC Frankfurt, FCL Rapide Wezemaal, Brøndby IF and Olympique Lyonnais all booked their places in the quarter-finals as the second qualifying round ended.
The remaining four UEFA Women's Cup quarter-final places were decided on Tuesday night as the second qualifying round concluded in dramatic fashion.
With the qualifiers from Group B1 and B2 already known, it was the final two groups which created the interest on the final day of action. German side 1. FFC Frankfurt secured their spot at the head of Group B3 with a 1-1 draw against FCL Rapide Wezemaal, who also progressed due to Everton LFC's 3-1 win against Valur Reykjavík. Group B4 did not finish with the sound of the finals whistles in Brøndby IF's 1-0 win against Kolbotn IL or Olympique Lyonnais' 2-1 success in their game with AC Sparta Praha. Those results meant both the winners had identical records in the group and a draw had to be made to separate them with Brøndby eventually being awarded top spot.
Valur miss out
The early game in Group B3 made the issues clearer for the final two participants, with Everton needing a three-goal win to stay alive. Two goals from Jodie Handley either side of the interval and one in between from Natasha Dowie put Everton 3-0 up but Katrin Jónsdóttir's pulled one back with 22 minutes left. That result confirmed Frankfurt's progression and left Wezemaal knowing a point would guarantee their own. And the hosts went ahead on 23 minutes through Jessy Torreele, and although Connie Pohlers equalised 12 minutes later, the draw was enough to make Wezemaal the first quarter-finalists from Belgium.
As Umeå IK finished top of Group B2 thanks to their 2-2 draw with WFC Rossiyanka, Frankfurt meet the Russian champions and the Swedish side are Wezemaal's opponents.Umeå were made to sweat on top spot, however, after the Russian side recovered from two goals down to set up a tight finish. Marta had struck on two occasions before the break for the Swedish team, but Natalia Barbashina scored twice in three minutes early in the second half to earn Rossiyanka a draw. WFC Universitet Vitebesk of Belarus beat Romania's CFF Clujana 1-0 for third place in that group.
Lyon and Brøndby began the day in pole position in Group B4 and remained that way. Hosts Lyon, behind by one goal at kick-off, beat AC Sparta Praha 2-1 with goals from Camille Abily and Wendie Renard before Petra Bertholdova's consolation. That goal proved important as Brøndby ended the hopes of their fellow 2006/07 semi-finalists Kolbotn IL with a last-gasp Mie Olsen goal, and that left the top two level on all criteria. In the draw that followed, Lyon were the unlucky ones and they will now face Arsenal LFC, the winners of Group B1.
Arsenal confirmed that position with a 3-3 draw against an ASD CF Bardolino side who had also already qualified. Julie Fleeting headed Arsenal in front in the first half and Lianne Sanderson doubled the advantage after the interval. But within ten minutes the Italian side levelled through Melania Gabbiadini and substitute Raffaella Manieri. Kelly Smith put Arsenal back in front late on only for an added-time reply from Patrizia Panico to restore parity. Bardolino now take on Brøndby, while third place in Group B1 went to SV Neulengbach, the Austrian side defeating Kazakhstan's Alma KTZH 3-0.