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Special moment: Lauren Wade

Special moment: Lauren Wade

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Special moment: Lauren Wade

Northern Ireland international Lauren Wade marked her full debut for Glasgow City with a stunning goal, but she was unable to help the Scottish champions pull off a Women's Champions League quarter-final shock against German giants Wolfsburg as they crashed out 9-1.

The Germans - who have won the competition twice and been runners-up on two further occasions in the last seven years - took a 4-0 half-time lead in San Sebastian before adding a fifth 10 minutes into the second half.

Wade - who had made just a single appearance for the club before lockdown in March - pulled a goal back with a superb finish when she beat the Wolfsburg goalkeeper with a sweeping left-foot lob from the corner of the penalty area.

The sublime finish on her Champions League debut was Wade's first goal since joining from Icelandic side Throttur Reykjavik in February.

Wolfsburg captain Pernille Harder scored four goals and Ingrid Syrstad Engen (2) and Felicitas Rauch were also on target before own goals from Leanne Ross and Jenna Clark secured the comfortable win.

The part-time Scottish side, in their first game for five months, couldn't compete with their world-class opponents who have a £10m budget.

The European champions in 2012 and 2013 showed again why they are among the main contenders for major honours.

Glasgow City manager Laura Montgomery said: “We lost bad goals. There are many things we could have done better. It was disappointing to lose two goals at the end of the first half. They’re a top-quality outfit. The difference is astronomical.

“Wolfsburg’s budget will be bigger than every SPFL team outwith Rangers and Celtic in the men’s league.”

City and Wade are back in the Champions League qualifiers in October.

Barcelona booked their semi-final spot against Wolfsburg with a 1-0 victory over Atletico Madrid.

Kheira Hamraoui fired home the winner 10 minutes from time after the Atletico goal had come under increasing pressure.

Today, Arsenal play Paris Saint-Germain in San Sebastian, while the holders Lyon take on Bayern Munich in Bilbao.

Belfast Telegraph