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Asian watch: Huge win for Kumagai’s Lyon as trio bow out


Kuala Lumpur: Saki Kumagai’s Olympique Lyonnais continued their dominance with a thumping win over Fortuna Hjørring as the UEFA Women’s Champions League’s Round of 16 continued.

But while Kumagai will join Australian duo Emily Gielnik and Alex Chidiac in March’s quarter-finals, Asia’s three other representatives in the competition were all eliminated midweek.

Elsewhere, Australian head coach Joe Montemurro led Arsenal to the last eight with a thumping 13-2 aggregate win over Slavia Prague.

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Kumagai on deck as Lyon supremacy continues

Four-time defending champions Olympique Lyonnais continued their outstanding early-season form, earning a 7-0 second leg win to eliminate Denmark’s Fortuna Hjørring 11-0 aggregate.

Japanese captain Saki Kumagai played the full match for the star-studded French outfit, who led 2-0 at half-time before piling on a further five goals after the interval.

Kumagai will face Montpellier in a league match on Saturday before returning to Japan for the Nadeshiko’s clash with South Africa in Kitakyushu on November 11.


Montemurro’s Arsenal pile on eight to advance

Australian coach Joe Montemurro continued his successful tenure as Arsenal head coach as the North London side reached the last eight by scoring eight goals against Slavia Prague on Thursday.

Already facing a 5-2 first-leg deficit, the Czech’s side endured a Halloween nightmare as Dutch duo Danielle van de Donk and Vivianne Miedema both netted hat-tricks in an overwhelming 8-0 win.

Montemurro is aiming to lead Arsenal to a second European title, and doing so would make him the first coach from a non-European country to win the UEFA Women’s Champions League.


Gielnik’s Bayern advance at expense of Kyrgyz Republic duo

Emily Gielnik’s Bayern Munich completed the job of eliminating BIIK-Kazygurt, winning 2-0 at home to complete a 7-0 aggregate win over Kazakhstan’s champion side.

Matildas star Gielnik remained on the bench for the German giants, while neither of Kyrgyz Republic duo Alina Litvinenko and Angelina Gaier featured for the visitors as Austrian winger Carina Wenninger scored both goals to confirm Bayern’s advance.

Litvinenko had starred during BIIK-Kazygurt’s run in the competition, scoring a total of four goals in her six appearances.


Lee’s City eliminated by Atlético

Korea Republic forward Lee Geum-min's first season of UEFA Women’s Champions League football has come to an early end after her Manchester City side were eliminated 3-2 on aggregate after a 2-1 second-leg defeat to Atlético Madrid.

Lee replaced Georgia Stanway as a 75th-minute substitute, but a late surge from the English club wasn’t enough to prevent a second successive elimination against Atlético.

Australian international Alex Chidiac remains part of the first-team squad at Atlético, but she is yet to feature in this year’s UEFA Women’s Champions League.

The draw for this season’s UEFA Women’s Champion’s League quarter-finals will be held on November 9, with the on-field action to return on March 24.

Photo: AFP

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