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Manchester City ease into Women’s Champions League semi-finals

City swept aside Swedish champions Linkopings.


Georgia Stanway

Georgia Stanway

Georgia Stanway

Manchester City cruised into the semi-finals of the Women’s Champions League with an emphatic 7-3 aggregate victory over Swedish side Linkopings.

Leading 2-0 from last week’s home leg, City raced into a four-goal first-half lead before running out 5-3 winners on the night.

Georgia Stanway’s double, sandwiched between headers from Scottish duo Jane Ross and Jennifer Beattie, put Nick Cushing’s side in complete control.

A brace early in the second period from Marija Banusic, including one from the penalty spot, salvaged some pride for the hosts.

City, aiming for a first European trophy, restored their three-goal lead when Izzy Christiansen volleyed home Nikita Parris’ cross, before Tove Almqvist pulled another one back for the Swedish champions.

Cushing’s team will face Lyon in the last four after the French side overcame Barcelona 3-1 on aggregate later on Wednesday.