Lyon among #UWCL first-leg winners, City denied

The UEFA Women’s Champions League round of 32 first legs have kicked off the knockout phase.

Lyon began their bid for an unprecedented fourth straight title with a 2-0 win at Avaldsnes while Juventus played their first ever European match, taking the lead and then coming from behind to draw 2-2 with Brøndby thanks to two Barbara Bonansea goals.

Among other winners were 2018 runners-up Wolfsburg and semi-finalists Chelsea. Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern München also hold advantages, but Barcelona lost 3-1 at BIIK-Kazygurt in Kazakhstan, but might yet be grateful for Toni Duggan’s away goal, while a late deflected strike gave Atlético a draw with Manchester City.

Juventus history-maker Barbara Bonansea

Juventus history-maker Barbara Bonansea©Juventus

Honka 0-1 FC Zürich*
Fiorentina 2-0 Fortuna Hjørring
Ajax 2-0 Sparta Praha
Avaldsnes 0-2 Lyon*
Ryazan-VDV 0-1 FC Rosengård
Juventus 2-2 Brøndby
SFK 2000 Sarajevo 0-5 Chelsea
Thór/KA 0-1 Wolfsburg
BIIK-Kazygurt 3-1 Barcelona
Somatio Barcelona FA 0-2 Glasgow City*
ŽFK Spartak 0-7 Bayern München
St. Pölten 1-4 Paris Saint-Germain*
WFC Kharkiv 1-6 Linköping

Atlético Madrid 1-1 Manchester City
Gintra Universitetas 0-3 Slavia Praha*
LSK Kvinner 3-0 Zvezda-2005*

Highlights: Lyon win 2018 final thriller

Highlights: Lyon win 2018 final thriller

  • Second legs 26 September except *27 September
  • Lyon, who won a record fifth title and third in a row last season, beat Avaldsnes in the round of 32 on their way to victory in 2016/17.
  • Wolfsburg are the only other former winners involved, while Paris, Fortuna and Zvezda have all previously reached the final.
  • Fiorentina, on debut, beat Fortuna 2-1 on aggregate in this round last season and again won at home this time around.
  • Juventus, making their debut, are facing Brøndby, the first team to compete in the knockout phase 15 times.
  • Cyprus’s Somatio Barcelona are the only other debutants involved, one of ten teams that came through the qualifying round, including Glasgow, who won 2-0 at the newcomers in their first leg.
  • BIIK of Kazakhstan faced Barcelona in this round in 2015/16, drawing 1-1 at home but losing 4-1 in Spain: this time they beat their visitors 3-1 in the opening led.
  • LSK Kvinner have retained the Norwegian title to already book their 2019/20 berth: after Thursday they have won all 21 competitive fixtures they have played in 2018.

Road to Budapest
Round of 16 draw: 1 October
Round of 16: 17/18 October 31 October/1 November
Quarter-final semi-final draw: 9 November
Quarter-finals: 20/21 27/28 March
Semi-finals: 20/21 27/28 April
Final: 18 May 2019, Ferencváros Stadium, Budapest

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