Caroline Weir's 47th-minute strike looked to have separated the sides at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stéfano in our season curtain-raiser – a European Round Two first leg clash - but Kenti Robles' injury-time effort salvaged a draw for the hosts in dramatic fashion.
On a balmy night in the Spanish capital, Gareth Taylor’s side – in our first competitive action since May – almost weathered the storm (quite literally) against the European debutants, who were buoyed by a vocal home crowd.
The hosts had missed a penalty and hit the crossbar but made their pressure count in the nick of time with a late rally - a cruel blow to a spirited City side, who fielded three debutants in Vicky Losada, Khadija Shaw and substitute Hayley Raso and welcomed back captain Steph Houghton for the first time since March.
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