Teams: SPORTING CP & Portugal NT
Quintet into quarter-finals
Thursday, 14 September 2006
Five of the eight UEFA Women’s Cup quarter-final slot were filled on Thursday as holders 1. FFC Frankfurt, two-time winners Umeå IK, Norway's Kolbotn IL, Arsenal LFC and Brøndby IF progressed with one set of second qualifying round fixtures remaining.
Frankfurt get five
Frankfurt had begun Group 1 in Finland with a 5-0 victory against Universitet Vitebsk of Belarus, and a repeat of that scoreline when they met Iceland’s Breidablik, coupled with a 0-0 draw between Vitebsk and HJK Helsinki, confirmed the German side as group winners. Despite early Breidablik pressure as they looked to build on their 2-1 victory against Helsinki, Renate Lingor headed Frankfurt into a 25th-minute lead. Early in the second half Kerstin Garefrekes doubled the advantage after a good team passing move and she struck again before Petra Wimbersky and Lingor added to the scoreline. In the later game HJK and Vitebsk drew 0-0, so a draw for Breidablik against the Belarussian club on Sunday will take them through as runners-up, while HJK must beat Frankfurt to have any chance.
In Group 2 both qualifying slots have been filled. Swedish champions Umeå and Norway’s Kolbotn both won on Tuesday, and repeated that trick today. Umeå, European champions in 2003 and 2004, defeated RCD Espanyol 3-0 thanks to Hanna Ljungberg, Lise Klaveness and, after Espanyol’s Ane Bergara Artieda received a second yellow card five minutes from the end, Malin Moström's added-time penalty. Group hosts Kolbotn struck twice in the last five minutes of the first half against Legend-Chekseal Chernigov through Trine Rønning and Camilla Hammerø Huse, meaning Alla Lishafai’s late consolation could not save the Ukrainian side’s campaign. Kolbotn must now defeat Umeå on Sunday to finish top - an important disctinction as the group runners-up will play Frankfurt in the last eight.
Group 4 also has produced to qualifiers with a match in hand. Although Julie Fleeting struck all five of Arsenal’s goals in the 5-4 defeat of Russian hosts WFC Rossiyanka on Tuesday, the striker was not on target as the English champions saw off 1. FC Femina Budapest 6-0. Aranka Paraoanu put through a 20th-minute own goal, and Jayne Ludlow swiftly made it two for Arsenal. In the last half-hour Katie Chapman, Rachel Yankey, Ludlow and Gemma Davison ensured victory. Brøndby then ended Rossiyanka’s hopes with a 2-1 win. Tetyana Verezoubova put Rossiyanka ahead on 15 minutes but late in the first half Anne Dot Nielsen and Kicki Nielsen gave the Danish champions a lead they clung on to. However, they must now repeat last year’s victory against Arsenal to finish top.
Both quarter-final slot in Group 3 are still up for grabs after Dutch hosts Saestum surprisingly held German champions and last season's beaten finalists 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam. Indeed, Conny Pohlers twice had to equalise in the first half after Gilanne Louwaars and Manon van den Boogaard gave Saestum brief leads. Both those sides won on Matchday 1, so are a point clear of KFC Rapide Wezemaal after the Belgian side fought back to defeat AC Sparta Praha 4-2. Sparta, quarter-finalists last season, stormed ahead when Irena Martinkova and Iva Mocová scored in the first nine minutes. But Femke Maes’s solo effort reduced arrears in the 26th minute, Annelies Timmermans headed an equaliser midway through the second half and late on Hanne Van De Goor converted a free-kick, Sparta's Lucie Martinkova was sent off for dissert and Karen Meeus lobbed a clincher. A draw for Potsdam against Sparta would take them through, and Saestum only require a point against Wezemaal - who must win to progress.
"The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”