Man City Women thrash Fiorentina in Champions League second leg to reach quarter-finals

Gareth Taylor’s side were 8-0 aggregate winners in the last-16 tie with their Italian opposition

Alex Pattle
Thursday 11 March 2021 16:13
Ellen White (second right) scored twice as Manchester City dominated Fiorentina
Ellen White (second right) scored twice as Manchester City dominated Fiorentina

Manchester City Women tore apart Fiorentina in the second leg of the teams’ Champions League last-16 tie on Thursday, booking their spot in the quarter-finals of the competition in the process.

Ellen White and Sam Mewis were both at the double for the visitors, with Caroline Weir also netting from the spot for City as they emerged 5-0 winners following their 3-0 first-leg victory at home on 3 March.

England forward White opened the scoring in the eighth minute on Thursday, 10 minutes before Scotland international Weir doubled City’s lead with a penalty.

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White then made it 3-0 shortly after the half-hour mark as Gareth Taylor’s team took a seismic aggregate lead into half-time.

United States midfielder Mewis grabbed a second-half brace, netting on 60 minutes and then again 18 minutes later to round out the scoring.

As such, City join Women’s Super League rivals Chelsea in the quarter-finals following the Blues’ 3-1 aggregate victory over Atletico Madrid, which was sealed with a 1-1 away draw on Wednesday.

The competition’s record winners Lyon, who earned their seventh title last season for a fifth straight Women’s Champions League trophy, will also be in the quarter-final draw after beating Brondby 5-1 over two legs.

Elsewhere, Barcelona secured a stunning 9-0 aggregate victory over Fortuna Hjorring, and last year’s runners-up Wolfsburg were 4-0 winners against LSK across two legs.

Bayern Munich’s 9-1 aggregate win over BIIK-Kazygurt and Rosengard’s 4-2 triumph against St Polten mean the respective winners will also feature in the last eight.

The final last-16 tie sees Paris Saint-Germain look to finish off Sparta Prague after a 5-0 first-leg victory for the French club.

Man City were eliminated by Atletico in the round of 16 last season, so have already bettered that campaign’s performance in Europe.

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