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UEFA Women's Champions League
UEFA Women's Champions League
Wednesday 9 December 2020
Kickoff at 15:00 GMT
Valhalla IP
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Everything you need to know ahead of City’s UEFA Women's Champions League trip to Goteborg FC...

When and where

The Round of 32 first leg clash will take place at the Valhalla IP on Wednesday 9 December in a 15:00 UK (16:00 CET) kick-off.

Broadcast Info

The game will be shown live on CITY+.

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You can also follow the action via our dedicated matchday Twitter account: @ManCityWomen

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TEAM NEWS

Lauren Hemp, Alex Greenwood and Chloe Kelly could return to the starting line-up, having featured in Sunday's 3-0 win at Everton.

Rose Lavelle will miss the game and requires a short spell on the sidelines, having picked up a knock in Merseyside.

The extent of Megan Campbell's injury is still to be confirmed, as the United States star was substituted at half-time of the win over Everton, while the Republic of Ireland defender suffered a knock whilst on international duty.

Aoife Mannion remains a long-term absentee.

Manager's preview: Gareth Taylor

“This is the toughest tie we could have got in terms of the teams available.

“They’re an aggressive team in the way they press and quite a direct team at times. We’ve identified a couple of areas in which we could gain success.

“It’s similar to the Everton game – we have a gameplan and model we can execute but it still comes down to basics: doing them really well in order to stay in the game.

“We can certainly take confidence (from the fact they haven’t played for a month). It wouldn’t be ideal for us – not playing and losing players.

“I still expect a tough game on their patch. It won’t be easy. We can’t control that we’re playing on a plastic pitch.

“We have technical players, which will hopefully help. Hopefully, we’ll get a truer pass and not too many bobbles.

“To go far in this competition, you have to beat decent teams.”

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Match officials

Referee: Jana Adámková (CZE)
Assistant referees: Gabriela Hanáková (CZE), Zuzana Špindlerová (CZE)
Fourth official: Lucie Šulcová (CZE)

RULES

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.

Last time out

Caroline Weir notched a hat-trick of assists, as City returned to winning ways in the FA Women’s Super League with a 3-0 triumph at Everton.

The Scotland international produced an influential display, teeing up Ellen White, Gemma Bonner and Janine Beckie inside the opening 45 minutes at Walton Hall Park, as Gareth Taylor’s side continued our flawless record against the Toffees in all competitions with a comprehensive victory.

November Player of the Month nominee White netted her third goal in as many league games to break the deadlock before Bonner’s first goal of the season doubled the lead 90 seconds later.

Beckie's header on the brink of half-time sealed the points to cap a superb afternoon and ensure the visitors leapfrogged Everton in the table to keep pace with the league leaders.

There was further cause for celebration with PFA Young Player of the Year Lauren Hemp's return from injury. The forward was introduced from the bench for the final 20 minutes for her first taste of action since August's Community Shield curtain raiser.

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