Manchester City Women Reached the last sixteen of the Champions League by beating Goteborg FC 3-0 on the day and 5-1 on aggregate. A first half goal from Lauren Hemp and two quick goals from substitute Georgia Stanway secured their passage to the quarter final.
The blues were already leading the tie 2-1, thanks to goals from Stanway and Sam Mewis seven days ago, as the blues recovered from conceding a goal in the second minute. But there was no such drama on Wednesday afternoon as the blues controlled the game from start to finish.
Hemp, who missed the start of the season after going off injured in the Community Shield match at Wembley, scored her first goal of the season in style, hitting a stunning strike over goalkeeper Jennifer Falk to give City the lead.
It was no more than the blues deserved and they could have already been three goals to the good, but Ellen White, Caroline Weir and Mewis all missed their opportunities to score. Mewis then hit the post as City threatened to overrun their Swedish opponents.
Falk produced an excellent save to deny Alex Greenwood a superb goal in the second half, matched by City keeper Ellie Roebuck, who was called into action to keep Vilde Boe Rise’s brilliant volley from hitting the back of the net. It proved to be a vital save from the young England keeper; a goal at that stage may have given the Swedish champions some degree of hope.
But any chance of a Goteborg comeback was ended by Stanway in a lethal two minute spell. On 65 minutes, Stanway pounced to make it 2-0, then 3-0 as she pounced on rebounds after Ellen White had twice been denied by Falk.
White was desperately unlucky on those occasions and in the 90th minute her luck didn’t improve as she saw her backheel attempt bounce off the post.
It was a comfortable win for Gareth Taylor’s team, who now wait until 16th February to find out who their last 16 opponents will be, with the ties taking place on ¾ and 10/11 March.
Final Score: Manchester City Women 3-0 Goteborg FC