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UEFA Women's Champions League
UEFA Women's Champions League
Wednesday 31 March 2021
Kickoff at 16:00 BST
Academy Stadium,North Gate, Etihad Campus 400 Ashton New Rd Manchester M11 4TQ
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Everything you need to know ahead of our Champions League quarter-final second leg clash against Barcelona Femeni.

When and Where

The game will take place at the Academy Stadium on Wednesday 31 March with kick-off scheduled for 16:00 (UK, 17:00 CET).

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Broadcast Information

You can follow every kick in Manchester with a CITY+ subscription*, while the match is also being broadcast on BT Sport.

If you’re unable to watch the action, then rest assured that our Matchday Centre and official Twitter: @ManCityWomen will keep you up-to-date with every twist and turn.

Once the match is over, you can also find a comprehensive match report as well as reaction from Gareth Taylor and a player on and our official app.

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We miss seeing you guys at the Academy stadium! You can get involved from home on matchday by:

  • Tweet the Academy Stadium big screen with your messages as the team warm up using #CityBigScreen. We’ll get as many of your messages up there as possible from 15:00 and at half-time!
  • Follow the @CitySquareLive twitter and Instagram accounts to see behind-the-scenes on matchday and catch our PA announcer at the Academy Stadium, plus see your messages and shout-outs on the big screen before kick-off!
  • Finally, each matchday we have a Junior Cityzen of the Match who joins the starting XI on our stadium screens at the Academy as the team is read out! They also feature in the programme and receive a City Goodie Bag, and full kit! Enter to be a Junior Cityzen of the Match for a future game on the Cityzens portal and catch the announcement for each game on the City Square Live Twitter in the hour before kick off!


Should the tie remain level after two legs, the winner will be determined by the 'away goals' rule.

In the event of a level aggregate score, as well as each team scoring the same amount of away goals, the quarter-final clash will be decided by a penalty shootout.

For safety reasons in the wake of the pandemic, the fixture will be played behind-closed-doors.

In line with current protocols, additional balls will be placed at intervals around the pitch.

Team news

City will be without captain Steph Houghton for Wednesday's second leg clash with the Spanish Champions as she steps up her recovery from an achilles injury.

Demi Stokes also misses out as she awaits the results of a scan from an injury sustained against Reading.

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"It is about focusing on the positives. When we looked at the stats, they suggested it was close in terms of chances and expected goals. That gives us perspective.

"We are not safe, we know the game is played in both boxes. We know we need to take our chances and not give chances away.

"It would be nice to score early, but the longer the game goes on, if we are in touching distance we have proven we can score goals late on. We will be going for it.

"They have a number of dangerous players, as do we. That's what you want to see in the Champions League quarters.

"We’re not focused on one player. We are focused on Barcelona as a team and their threats and areas we can exploit."

Form Guide

Gareth Taylor’s side come into the tie on the back of Sunday's dramatic 1-0 win over Reading, as Chloe Kelly struck in the 87th minute to snatch a vital three points in the FA Women's Super League, clinching our 11th successive win in the competition.

Barca can boast their own rich vein of form themselves, having won all 21 of their domestic league matches so far this season, bagging 103 goals in the process.

Last Meeting

City suffered a 3-0 defeat in the first leg in Monza, Italy.

Goals from Asisat Oshoala and Jennifer Hermoso, plus a Mariona Caldentey penalty, handed the Spanish Champions a strong advantage, while Chloe Kelly missed the chance to net a crucial away goal, as her second half spot-kick was saved well by Sandra Panos.

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Last Time Out

City produced another thrilling late show at the Academy Stadium, as Chloe Kelly's 87th-minute strike snatched a crucial three points in the FA Women's Super League title race.

The forward's dramatic winner edged a tense, hard-fought encounter against a stoic Reading outfit to lift Gareth Taylor's side above Chelsea in the table with just four games remaining.

Despite dominating possession and creating a hatful of opportunities, the hosts had looked to be left rueing missed chances but a moment of magic from Lauren Hemp to carve the decisive moment extended our impressive league winning streak to 11 games and issue a real statement of our title credentials.

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