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Asian Watch: Gielnik stars in Bayern romp, Kumagai’s Lyon march on

Friday, October 18, 2019
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Kuala Lumpur: Australia’s Emily Gielnik played a major role in FC Bayern’s thumping win in Kazakhstan, while Japan skipper Saki Kumagai continued her bid for a fifth consecutive title as Olympique Lyonnais won handsomely in Denmark.

With players from Japan, Korea Republic, Australia and Kyrgyz Republic all featuring in the Round of 16 of the UEFA Women's Champions League, tracks the progress of Asia’s European-based stars.

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Gielnik stars as Bayern rout Litvinenko’s BIIK-Kazygurt

Australian utility Emily Gielnik was central to FC Bayern Munich’s success as the German giants put one foot into the quarter-finals with a 5-0 first leg win over Kazakhstan’s BIIK-Kazygurt in Shymkent.

The 27-year-old Matilda played all 90 minutes, scored a terrific maiden Champions League goal and won the penalty for a further Bayern goal as the Kazakh champions were swept aside in a dominant display.

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Teamwork makes the dream work! ⭐️ #MiaSanMia #FCBayern #UWCL

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While Wednesday’s match was one to remember for Gielnik, the result comes as a blow to Kyrgyz Republic’s Alina Litvinenko, whose scoring run in the competition came to end for the hosts.

Litvinenko played the full match for BIIK-Kazygurt, receiving a yellow card in the 86th minute, while countrywoman Angelina Gaier remained an unused substitute.

The second leg will be held in Munich on October 30.

Juggernaut rolls on for Kumagai’s Lyon

Defending champions Olympique Lyonnais continued their dominance of the competition, easing to a 4-0 away win over Fortuna Hjørring on the same night the French club became the first to make 100 appearances in the competition.

La #TeamOL a parfaitement géré son 💯ème match européen en s'imposant (0-4) sur la pelouse du Fortuna Hjorring lors de ce 8ème de finale aller de l'@UWCL !🔴🔵

Nos deux attaquantes @ELS_9_FRANCE et @AdaStolsmo ont inscrit un doublé ! ⚽

Match retour le mercredi 30 octobre ! 💪

— OL Féminin (@OLfeminin) October 16, 2019

Japan captain Saki Kumagai played the full match in the centre of defence, but her talents were seldom required, with Lyon’s 37 shots at goal to Fortuna’s one telling the story of the match.

Ada Hegerberg and Eugenie Le Sommer scored two goals each for Lyon, who are expected to finish the job with ease when the sides meet again in two weeks.

City held as Korea Republic’s Lee makes appearance

Star-studded Manchester City were held to a 1-1 first leg draw with Spanish champions Atlético Madrid, as Korea Republic forward Lee Geum-min made a brief second UEFA Women’s Champions League appearance.

FULL TIME | All square at the Academy Stadium after a late Atleti equaliser. A disappointing result but the second leg awaits. We go again! 💙

🔵 1-1 🔴 #ManCity

— Man City Women (@ManCityWomen) October 16, 2019

The 25-year-old replaced Belgian striker Tessa Wullaert in the 88th minute, shortly after Atlético’s Charlyn Corral scored to cancel out Janine Beckie’s opener, while Australia’s Alex Chidiac wasn’t part of Atlético’s Matchday squad.

Lee has gradually been seeing more game time with the English giants, scoring her first goal for the club in their 3-0 FA Women’s Super League win over Birmingham City last Saturday.

Montemurro’s Arsenal run riot in Prague

Australian head coach Joe Montemurro looks all but certain to guide Arsenal to the last eight for the first time in six years after the English champions stormed to a 5-2 first leg win in their away match against Slavia Prague.

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What a performance. What a response. 🔥 #UWCL 🏆

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Dutch goal-machine Vivianne Miedema found the back of the net four times for the North London side, to take her tally to seven goals in three matches and gave them a significant advantage ahead of the October 31 return leg.

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