Meet the Women’s Champions League last eight

  • Quarter-finalists: Barcelona, Bayern München, Fortuna Hjørring, Lyon, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, Rosengård, Wolfsburg
  • Quarter-final and semi-final draw streamed live on 25 November
  • Quarter-finals: 22/23 29/30 March
  • Semi-finals: 22/23 29/30 April
  • Final: 1 June, Cardiff City Stadium

Barcelona (ESP)
Best performance: quarter-final 2014, 2016, 2017
Quarter-final record: W0 L2
Top scorer: Jennifer Hermoso 4

• For the second season running, Barcelona have knocked out Twente to reach the quarter-finals.

• Last term they lost by a single goal in the quarter-finals to Paris; in 2013/14 they went down 5-0 on aggregate to Wolfsburg.

• Barça won their first 12 games this season before a 1-1 draw at Real Betis preceded their 4-0 second-leg success at Twente.

Bayern München (GER)
Best performance: quarter-final 2017
Quarter-final record: first appearance
Top scorer: Vivianne Miedema (7)

• After falling in the 2009/10 round of 16, and the last 32 a year ago, comfortable victories over Hibernian and Russian champions Rossiyanka have taken Bayern through to the quarter-finals at last.

• Bayern have won the German league for the past two campaigns, going on a 40-match Frauen Bundesliga unbeaten run from June 2014 to April 2016.

• Their squad includes former competition winners Verena Faisst, Simone Laudehr and Gina Lewandowski (an American unrelated to Robert Lewandowski).


Fortuna are in their first quarter-final since 2002/03

Fortuna Hjørring (DEN)
Best performance: runners-up 2003
Quarter-final record: W1 L0
Top scorer: Camilla Larsen 3

• Fortuna avenged last term’s round of 16 defeat by Brescia to halt a sequence of losing at that stage every season since it was introduced in 2009/10.

• In the round of 32, Fortuna overcame Athletic with a goal a minute from the end of extra time by Brazil defender Tamires, having only equalised late in regulation time.

Fortuna appeared in the second UEFA Women’s Cup final in 2003 but lost 7-1 on aggregate to Sweden’s Umeå.

Lyon (FRA)
Best performance: winners 2011, 2012, 2016
Quarter-final record: W7 L0
Top scorer: Eugénie Le Sommer 5

• Lyon are aiming to equal FFC Frankfurt’s record of four titles.

• In 11 competitive fixtures this season, Lyon have scored 74 goals, including 27 in four European ties.

• The first leg will be Lyon’s 75th European game and, if they reach the final, they will match Arsenal’s record tally of 79. Lyon have already overtaken Frankfurt’s previous competition-best mark of 54 wins to move on to 57.

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City have had a successful debut

Manchester City (ENG)
Best performance: debut
Quarter-final record: first appearance
Top scorers: Jennifer Beattie, Lucy Bronze 2

• Man. City are the only debutants left in the competition after eliminating 2009 runners-up Zvezda-2005 and three-time semi-finalists Brøndby.

• The club claimed their first English league championship in September, ensuring a European return for 2017/18.

• Their squad contains plenty of European experience including former Arsenal players Beattie and Stephanie Houghton, plus a 2015 runner-up with Paris, Kosovare Asllani.

Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)
Best performance: runners-up 2015
Quarter-final record: W2 L0
Top scorer: Cristiane, Irene Paredes (3)

• Paris overturned a 3-1 first-leg deficit to knock out Norwegian champions LSK Kvinner in the round of 32, with a Cristiane hat-trick in the 4-1 return-leg home win.

• Paris’s bid for a second straight final was thwarted by Lyon in the semis last spring, a year after Paris had ousted their French rivals in the round of 16.

• Coach Patrice Lair led Lyon to victory in 2011 and 2012 before being appointed by the Parisians in May 2016.

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Rosengård knocked out fellow 2015/16 quarter-finalists Slavia

Rosengård saw off Breidablik (with a goal from new signing Lotta Schelin) and Slavia Praha to reach this round for the fifth time in six seasons.

• In all but one of their past campaigns, Rosengård have gone out to German sides, losing on penalties to Frankfurt last March having won the away second leg 2-0 to overturn a similar home defeat.

• Having finished second in Sweden, Rosengård are sure of their European berth in 2017/18.

Wolfsburg (GER)
Best performance: winners 2013, 2014
Quarter-final record: W4 L0
Top scorer: Zsanett Jakabfi (8)

• Current competition top scorer Jakabfi struck a hat-trick at Stamford Bridge in the round of 32 first leg with Chelsea, then went one better with four in the last-16 trip to Eskilstuna United.

• Ralf Kellermann is aiming to become the first coach to win this tournament three times with the same club.

• Summer signing Anja Mittag is one off being the first player to 50 UEFA women’s club competition goals.

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