Women's football: Birmingham Ladies make debut on St Andrew's turf

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Birmingham City Ladies will make history this evening when they appear at St Andrew's for the first time for the second leg of their Women's Champions League last-16 tie.

They face Russian side FK Zorkiy Krasnogorsk after securing a 2-0 first-leg victory in Moscow at the weekend, with the club bidding to reach the last eight for the first time in thier history.

"It has been buzzing at St Andrew's," said manager David Parker. "It is massive for Blues fans and will be an emotional time for some of the people, including the backroom staff.

"We don't have a lot of resources but the men's team have kept us going and it is up to us to achieve what we can. We are punching well above our weight and are the minnows. To get where we are is a minor miracle in itself."

Arsenal Ladies are also hoping to reach the quarter-finals having recorded a 3-0 home victory over Glasgow City in the first leg. Despite their advantage, coach Shelley Kerr has warned her side not to take their Scottish opponents too lightly.

"Football is a funny game, anything can happen," she said. "We still have to prepare, the tie isn't over yet. I'm sure Glasgow City will make it difficult for us."