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Chelsea's European dream still on target.

Byline: Rachel Corsie SCOTLAND'S CAPTAIN SPEAKS OUT Moreen Simpson Column

CHELSEA are now the only English club left in the Uefa Women's Champions League after Manchester City fell short in their second-leg tie against Barcelona.

While City's task was a daunting one after their 3-0 defeat last week, the outcome was still in the balance after an early goal set up an interesting night for football fans.

Janine Beckie was handed an opportunity to start after Lauren Hemp was ruled out with an ear infection, and when she prodded home in the 20th minute, it looked to give City the lifeline they needed.

That was to be short-lived when Oshoala equalised just before the hour mark. An away goal meant City needed to score another four to progress, and with Barca more than comfortable soaking up the pressure and playing through City's best pressing efforts, the task soon became out of reach.

Quality chances were arguably split on the night, and City did come out eventual winners after Sam Mewis converted from the spot, however Barca progressed 4-2 on aggregate.

There were no such troubles for Chelsea, as they took their narrow 2-1 advantage over Wolfsburg to Budapest. Their 3-0 victory marked one of Chelsea's greatest wins on the European stage.

Next up they face Bayern Munich in the semi-finals on April 24.

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Author:Rachel Corsie SCOTLAND'S CAPTAIN SPEAKS OUT Moreen Simpson Column
Publication:Evening Express (Aberdeen,Scotland)
Date:Apr 3, 2021
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