Man City win first Women’s Champions League game

Lucy Bronze

Lucy Bronze made sure of the first-leg win with a stoppage-time goal

Manchester City began their first Women’s Champions League campaign with a 2-0 home win over Zvezda 2005.

England midfielder Jill Scott stabbed the new English champions into a first-half lead at the Academy Stadium in their last-32 first leg.

Scott then clipped the inside of the post after half-time, before Lucy Bronze added a late second with a strike from the edge of the area.

The Russian league runners-up host the second leg on 12 October.

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City controlled the first half and, after Scott’s opener, could have been further ahead at the break but Toni Duggan was denied by a fine, reaction save and Steph Houghton’s header struck the crossbar.

Zvezda – who reached the last-16 stage in both of the past two seasons – were restricted to shots from range and rarely looked likely to score an away goal.

Thursday’s game came four days after City won the Continental Cup final to complete a domestic double but, although showing some hints of tiredness, they created numerous chances and could have had a penalty when Kosovare Asllani was brought down in the Zvezda area.

Nineteen-year-old midfielder Keira Walsh was exemplary in midfield, but her half-volley from range bounced narrowly wide, before Bronze scored in stoppage time to give City what could prove to be the tie’s decisive goal.

Manchester City Women: Bardsley, Bronze, Stokes, Beattie, Houghton (c), Asllani, Scott, Duggan, Christiansen (Middag 69), Ross (Parris 84), Walsh.

Subs not used: Hourihan, Corboz.

Zvezda: Zvarych, Pozdeeva, Pantiukhina, Orlova, Apanashchenko (c), Makarenko, Andrushchak, Nurgalieva, Kipatkova, Korniievets (Korochkina), Akimova.

Subs not used: Raspopova, Sinko, Galay, Koshneva, Kasatkina.

Referee: Monika Mularczyk (POL)

Attendance: TBC

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