With a bit of a delay you can find the results of the Champions League Round of 32 rematches below. There barely are comments necessary, however a few results are remarkable. Austrian SV Neulengbach indeed held half-NWSL based Apollon Limassol to a draw and got them out of the competition. Also, Konak Belediyesi, a Turkish team, is a surprise find in the Round of 16 after beating Polish Racziborcz. One of these teams will even make it to the quarter final as the draw wants them to face one another in the next round. A real thriller happened in Copenhagen where one of the permanent top eight contenders, Brondby IF had to leave the competition early against FC Barcelona. After a scoreless draw in Spain, Barca held the hosts to a 2-2 draw and advanced on the away goals rule.
A disappointment was the appearance of the Norwegian champion Lilleström. Sure, they had awful luck with the draws and met Swedish Malmö, but a 1-8 on aggregate is a disaster. Also the second Swedish team, Tyresö, had to face a tough first round task with Paris St Germain. The Swedish teams both showed their strengths and survived this tough competition. In another classy battle, Danish Fortuna Hjorring advanced against Italian top club UPC Tavagnacco. In a close call, the match was decided ten minutes before the end of the game.
Despite these few interesting match ups, this round once again showed that a reform of the competition is necessary to avoid aggregate scores of 27-0, 18-2 or 11-0 and care for a better promotion of the women’s game.
Turbine Potsdam v MTK Budapest 6-0, 11-0 agg
SV Neulengbach v Apollon Limassol 1-1, 3-2 agg
Unia Racziborcz v Konak Belediyesi 0-0, 1-2 agg
LdB FC Malmö v Lilleström SK 5-0, 8-1 agg
Arsenal LFC v SSHVSM Kairat 11-1, 18-2 agg
Rossyanka v Sparta Subotica 1-1, 5-3 agg
VfL Wolfsburg v Pärnu 13-0, 27-0 agg
Birmingham City v PK 35 Vantaa 1-0, 4-0 agg
FC Zorkyi v Thor/KA 4-1, 6-2 agg
Glasgow City v Standard Liege 3-1, 5-3 agg
Torres Calcio v SV Spratzern 3-1, 5-3 agg
Sparta Prague v FC Zurich 1-1, 2-3 agg
Brondby IF v FC Barcelona 2-2, 2-2 agg (Barcelona on away goals)
Olympique Lyon v FC Twente Enschede 6-0, 10-0 agg
Paris St Germain v Tyresö FF 0-0, 1-2 agg
Fortuna Hjorring v UPC Tavagnacco 2-0, 4-3 agg
Draw for the next round (November 9-14)
The next stage is highlighted by the draws for the German teams. Turbine Potsdam v Olympique Lyon can almost be called a classics in women’s soccer. And then VfL Wolfsburg and LdB Malmö the champions of the two strongest Europeans leagues will matchup early.