Manchester City made it through to the round of 16 of the Champions League at the Academy Stadium tonight with a 4-0 victory. But in truth, the game was over in the first leg after the 7-1 win, making it a 11-1 win on aggregate.
City picked up where they left off on Sunday within four minutes with a goal through Janine Beckie. Her chipped finish over the keeper was delightful, but the story of the goal really was Keira Walsh. She won the ball back in midfield as she always does but within two touches of the ball, had bypassed the entire centre of the Lugano midfield. Her pass through to Beckie was then perfectly waited for her to just lift it over the keeper for 1-0.
After a barren 30 minute spell of possession City doubled their lead on the night. And it was the same combo that created it, Keira Walsh dribbled down the right into the box before pulling it back to the outstretched Janine Beckie for her second.
Steph Houghton tested the keeper before the break but she was equal to the skippers effort and pushed it away.
It almost felt like a matter of time before Beckie was to get her hat-trick and we only had to wait until just after half time. Demi Stokes found Beckie lurking in the box before twisting, turning and firing home her third.
A comfortable lead allowed Nick Cushing to take off two of his star players, Steph Houghton and Keira Walsh to give them a well earned break with important fixtures upcoming.
Megan Campbell, back in centre half today, tried her luck from range and it just squeezed wide from a half-volley. Pauline Bremer also had a good opportunity but dragged her effort wide of the goal.
But they wasn’t going to keep her quiet for long were they. Bremer gets the ball played through via a deflection and she races away from her defender before rounding the keeper and slotting in City’s fourth on the night.
Bremers goal was the last major action on what has been a breeze of a round of 32 tie for City who went through 11-1 on aggregate and already have made further progress than last season. But as we all know, Nick Cushing will be targeting much more than that.
Roebuck- 6, Fidalgo- 6.5, Houghton- 6.5, Campbell-6.5, Stokes- 7, Walsh- 8.5, Scott- 7, Wullaert- 7, Beckie – 9 (MOTM), Park- 7.5