Manchester City Women 1-0 Fortuna Hjorring
(City win 2-0 on Agg)
City Women celebrate their victory to make Semi-Final : Pic: MCFCSupportersClub
This past Thursday night saw Manchester City Women making history as they booked their place in the semi-finals of the Women’s Champions League for the first ever time, thanks to a first half header by Lucy Bronze just before the break. After their 1-0 win over in Denmark last week, it saw Nick Cushing’s side controlling the tie and making sure of their place in the final four with another one goal winning margin in the second leg.
Fortuna Hjorring tried to surprise City from the opening kick off and saw them almost succeeding in their ploy, but the home side quickest got wise and stopped their attack. Jill Scott had a chance to put the hosts ahead after ten minutes gone when a move saw Carli Lloyd playing a ball forward to Jane Ross and the Scottish Striker played in the midfielder, but Maria Christiensen in the Hjorring goals managed to narrow the angle and make a good stop.
Carli Lloyd came closer to breaking the deadlock with an incredible run minutes later, with the American running through the Fortuna defence and putting her shot agonisingly past the far post by inches and what would have been a stunning solo goal for sure. Kosavare Asllani then had her header go wide for the home side, after a great cross by Lucy Bronze saw the Swedish International unable to find the target and had the home side being a bit wasteful with their chances.
Fortuna then created a couple of decent chances for themselves in a little purple patch in the game, as firstly Camille Larsen had the ties first decent effort for the Danish side, after great work running by Frederikke Thogersen saw her pulling a ball back across goal for Larsen to get on to and her shot was straight at Karen Bardsley in the City goal.
City then were doubly lucky to get away from conceding a goal and a penalty minutes later, when a ball put into the area it saw Steph Houghton dragged over with Larsen and Bronze clashing heads in the Blues penalty area and had the ball falling to Caroline Rask whose initial shot looked to have struck the top of Houghton’s outstretched arm, but as the rebound came back to Rask she then fired wide and had the Fortuna players claims of a handball falling on deaf ears of the Russian official.
In the 41st minute of the game it had Lucy Bronze who seemingly always pops at vital times for the Blues in the last season or two, had her coming up big yet again. This time it saw the England defender guiding her header on goal from a Mel Lawley corner kick and the goalkeeper was unable to keep it out and gave City a 1-0 lead on the night and two goal aggregate advantage. With a two goal lead for the home side, it almost saw that goal taking the wind out of the visitors sails and looked to end the tie with that killer goal before half time.
Second half saw the game played out without any real threat on either goal in truth, but did have a few of those Fortuna Hjorring fans that made the trip over to Manchester trying to boost their side with some vocal support, but the game was too far gone by that point. Victory now sets up an exciting clash with Lyon of France in the Semi-Finals and will pit American star v American star, with Manchester City’s Carli Lloyd coming up against United States International team-mate Alex Morgan and will be an interesting two-legged tie for sure.