• February 4, 2023

Fiorentina 0-5 Man City (0-8 agg): Gareth Taylor’s side sail into Women’s Champions League quarter-finals

Manchester City were eliminated from the Women’s Champions League by Atletico Madrid at this stage of the competition last season

Manchester City reached the quarter-finals of the Women’s Champions League when they lost 5-0 to Fiorentina in the last knockout round.

City led by Ellen White and the draw was ended within 20 minutes when Caroline Weir doubled her lead on the spot after a handball.

White added a second before the break and Sam Mewis hit on the hour.

Mewis struck home late for their second close-range goal as City scored an 8-0 aggregate victory.

The result means that City will perform at least better than last season Atletico Madrid eliminated them at this stage of the competition.

The Spanish team were beaten by Chelsea, the women’s Super League leaders, this season and then knocked out 3-1 overall 1-1 second leg on Wednesday.

City made the second leg in a one-sided first encounter after outperforming the Italians before beating Everton for the ninth straight women’s Super League victory on Sunday.

England striker White, who gave City a three-goal lead after the first leg, tied with Lauren Hemp for both goals in the first half in Florence.

Manchester City boss Gareth Taylor told BBC Sport:

“We wanted to at least get to that point because we haven’t been here for a while, but we want more. We’re hungry for success.

“The players are very keen to develop. We want to be in the final stages of this competition.

“I don’t think there will be an easy draw in the quarter-finals. It’s a cup competition so you have to be ready and go straight over your legs because if you aren’t you can see what happens.”

Jack

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