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Glasgow City FC 0 – 3 FC Barcelona: Champion’s league takes over Glasgow

A double from Toni Duggan and one goal from Alexia Putellas was enough to take the Catalans to Quarter Finals.

With over 700 in attendance on a chilly evening in Petershill Park, the Glaswegian team had a tough game in store after losing 5-0 in the first leg.

Despite that, the home team decided to take control of the game, and impose the Glesga style of play, and although they put up a great fight, it wasn’t enough.

After winning at home, the Catalan giants already had one foot in the next round, but Fran Sanchez’s squad wanted to prove why they are one of the favourites to snatch the crown.

It was in the 13th minute of the first half when English star Duggan, scored the first goal of the night.

But the Glasgow girls weren’t ready to give up, and kept the pressure on Barcelona.

Toni Dugan’s first goal. Picture by UWCL.

Unfortunately for them, the Barça goalmouth was impenetrable under the supervision of Sandra Paños, the Spaniard keeper, who was there to crush all their dreams.

During the second half, Barcelona were more comfortable with the ball and started to show the famous “tiki-taka” style of play that the club is so known for.

Luckily for the locals, Lee Alexander was there to try to reduce the damage with the Glasgow City goalkeeper one of the reasons why this match didn’t finish with a shower of goals for the away side.

But sometimes you can’t stop the unstoppable, and in the 48th minute, Barca striker Alexia Putellas latched on to a through-ball pass in the box and lifted it over Alexander to score the Spaniard’s second of the game.

City suffered again, three minutes later, this time from Duggan.

Andressa Alves passed the ball to Duggan who was in the box.

The striker, who had her back to the goal, controlled the ball with one foot, quickly turned and smashed it in from eight yards out with her other foot to put the game past City.

The Swiss referee whistled to indicate the end of the match which was met by celebrations from FC Barcelona players and bench who had just booked their place in the quarter-finals.

“We have to play every game, and keep focusing. Our main rivals are Lyon and Wolfsburg, so hopefully we can’t avoid them in the draw” said FC. Barcelona manager Fransesc Sanchez.

The Glasgow City girls kept their heads held high, and they can be very proud of the season they’ve had so far, after winning their 12th title last month.

Toni Duggan during the interview. Photo by Valentina Servera.

Lee Alexander, the 27-year-old goalkeeper said:

“We played very well against the calibre of a team like Barcelona – As a club where we are, it’s such an achievement.”

In a whole different mood was the England striker and star of the game, Toni Duggan.

“I’ve missed the weather as that’s how I grew up playing football in the cold, but can’t wait to be back in the sunshine,” she said.

Toni also had time for jokes as she commented how difficult the Scottish accent is.

“The Scottish accent is as hard to understand as Spanish.”

But she declares herself a Scottish friend, and recognised the passion and fierceness the Scots have.

“Glasgow people are very nice, and the atmosphere they had tonight was amazing”

“I had to fight the typical Scottish side. We know they fight till the end regardless of how many goals we score”.

She then went on to flatter her rivals congratulating them for their World Cup qualification.

Picture by Victor Salgado-FCB.

After finish this Round the teams who move to Quarter finals are

  • Slavia Praha, Czech Republic
  • Lyon, France
  • Paris Saint Germain, France
  • Bayern Munich , Germany
  • Wolfsburg, Germany
  • Chelsea, England
  • LSK Kvinner FK, Norway
  • FC Barcelona, Spain

The draw will take place Sunday the 9th of November and you can watch it live in the UWCL official page.

Keep updated to see what team will take the trophy home #RoadToBudapest.

 

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About Valentina Servera Clavell

Valentina Servera, is a Catalan journalist from Barcelona that came to the sunny Glasgow for a tan. She is the runner up for the Colum of the year awards in the SSJA’s, and she can only talk about politics and sports. DO NOT TALK TO HER ABOUT ANYTHING ELSE

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