Man City power through in Women’s Champions League


Nikita Parris scored in both legs of Manchester City’s Women’s Champions League win over St Polten

Manchester City joined Chelsea in the last 16 of the Women’s Champions League by easing to a 6-0 aggregate win over Austrian side St Polten.

Already leading 3-0 from the first leg, City wasted a glorious early chance to extend their lead when Jane Ross had a penalty saved by Jasmin Boisits.

Nikita Parris finally bundled City in front, and Jill Scott fired in from 18 yards just before half-time.

Melissa Lawley drove in a late third to underline City’s dominance.

After Women’s Super League One rivals Chelsea overcame Bayern Munich on away goals on Wednesday, City’s progression means there are two English sides in the last 16 for the first time since 2013-14.

City controlled the second leg from start to finish and England captain Steph Houghton prodded over the bar before Ross was tripped by Boisits as she chased down a misplaced backpass, only to have her spot-kick saved.

Boisits then saved well from Izzy Christiansen and Jen Beattie before Parris converted Abbie McManus’ cross from close range.

Scott’s fine drive removed any suggestion of a dramatic fightback by the Austrian champions, and Lawley wrapped up City’s fifth successive win in all competitions this season from Megan Campbell’s long throw.

The draw for the last 16 will be held in Nyon, Switzerland, at 12:30 BST on Monday, 16 October. City and Chelsea cannot be drawn against each other.

Manchester City Women boss Nick Cushing:

“I’m really pleased. I thought the first goal would be really important because they are a strong team. Although they didn’t create much against us over the two legs, they press really well and try to force mistakes.

“Once we scored the first goal it settled us down and it gave us control of the game.

“Whoever we draw we’re going to have to put in a performance because their are no weak teams in this competition.”

Manchester City Women: Roebuck; McManus, Houghton, Beattie, Stokes (Campbell, 71); Walsh, Scott, Stanway (Lawley, 61); Parris (Emslie, 61), Ross, Christiansen.

Subs not used: Hourihan, Morgan.

St Polten: Boisits; Tabotta, Biroova, Babicky, Wienroither; Prohaska, Eder (Sobotka, 16), Klein (Wronski, 65), Enzinger; Vago, Pinther.

Subs not used: Abiral, El-Dahaibiova, Zagor, Zver.

View the original article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/41552440

Referee: Monika Mularczyk (POL)

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