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Still in it
« on: November 10, 2014, 11:08:32 AM »
Glasgow City lost 2-1 to Zurich in the first-leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie.

Fabienne Humm broke clear to lob Lee Alexander after 10 minutes, although the keeper saved a Marina Keller penalty on the stroke of half-time.

Fiona Brown levelled with a fine finish but Julia Stierli nodded the hosts ahead again from a free-kick.

Nicky Docherty was sent off for second booking and Brown was stretchered off as City hung on to stay in touch.

Brown will be a doubt for Wednesday's return game at Airdrie's Excelsior Stadium, while Docherty and Julie Nelson miss out through suspension.

Zurich had breached the visitors' defence, with Alexander saving well from Barla Deplazes, before Humm stole away to net the opener.

Nelson then brought down Humm just inside the box but Alexander made an excellent penalty stop to deny Marina Keller.

Early in the second half Brown delivered an impressive equaliser, cutting in from the left to find the top corner with a powerful shot from 18 yards.

However, Zurich regained the lead on 59 minutes when Stierli headed home a free-kick swung into a congested area from the right.

With 14 minutes remaining, Docherty received her second yellow card and Brown's injury added another late sour note for the visitors.

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Re: Still in it
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2014, 01:36:30 PM »
Glasgow City defender Emma Black is confident her side can get the result needed to overturn the first leg 2-1 defeat at the hands of FC Zurich in the Champions League, when they face the Swiss again at Excelsior Stadium Airdrie, tomorrow at 7.30pm. 

 A Fiona Brown strike at the start of the second half, gave City a precious away goal, but the Scottish Champions lost 2-1 on the night and were also reduced to ten players after full back Nicky Docherty was shown two yellow cards and dismissed with 15 minutes remaining.

 Docherty is joined in suspension by Julie Nelson after her yellow card in Zurich became her second of the Champions League campaign. Striker Brown was also stretchered off in the match and is looking very unlikely to be able to play any part in the return fixture. However, despite the loss of 3 starting players, City give a welcome return to striker Susan Fairlie, who had been out with a virus and she will be a massive boost to Wolecki Black’s fragile squad.

 Captaining City in Zurich, Emma Black knows her side did not play to their capabilities and are determined to reverse the result at the Excelsior Stadium.

She said, “I feel we let ourselves down, which sadly is not the first time for the opening leg in Champions League knock out rounds. We know we can do much better than we shown in the away game on Sunday and we are confident we can get the result we need. Getting the away goal is a huge boost, along with having Susan Fairlie back in the squad after having to travel without her for the first leg. Games don’t come much bigger than the chance to reach the quarter finals of the Champions League and we will be going all out to win and get the result we need.”

Glasgow City take on FC Zurich on Wednesday 12th November at Excelsior Stadium, Airdrie. Kick off is 7.30pm and spectators can pay at the turnstile. Entry is £5 adults, £2 Under 16’s. If City get the result they need, they will be the first Scottish team ever to reach the Quarter Finals of the Champions League.

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Re: Still in it
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2014, 03:07:33 PM »
Indeed 1-0 is enough to go through.

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Re: Still in it
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2014, 04:57:05 PM »
You can catch the action live on Radio Scotland.... ;D or the GCFC twitter

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Re: Still in it
« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2014, 09:53:45 PM »
Woooo hooooo- history made tonight-  ;D