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UEFA Women's Champions League
UEFA Women's Champions League
Wednesday 16 December 2020
Kickoff at 15:00 GMT
Academy Stadium, North Gate, Etihad Campus 400 Ashton New Rd Manchester M11 4TQ
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Everything you need to know ahead of City’s UEFA Women's Champions League visit of Goteborg FC...

When and where

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

Broadcast Info

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

WATCH: Greenwood: I'd love for City to experience UWCL success

TEAM NEWS

Gareth Taylor says Lauren Hemp could feature in City’s Champions League Round of 32 second leg against Göteborg.

The PFA Young Player of the Year did not travel to Sweden for the first leg triumph, with her minutes being carefully managed, as she continues her recovery from injury.

The 20-year-old returned to the starting XI in Sunday’s 2-1 win over Arsenal, completing just over an hour of action.

As for the rest of the squad, Taylor added he has no new injury concerns. Rose Lavelle, Aoife Mannion and Megan Campbell remain sidelined.

Manager's preview: Gareth Taylor

“We need to respect them. They’re very fit and energetic.

“They were used to playing on that surface, which was new and different for us.

“That’s what the Champions League is about – dealing with different surroundings, weather, time zones…

“The girls did really well. We controlled large parts of the game and we’ll be looking to earn the right early on, in order to dictate the tempo we want.

“The Champions League is important. We’re trying to go as far as we can in this competition.

“It’s really tough. We drew a tough first tie (in Göteborg) and it’s not over.

“We have work to do. We need to be wary of our opponent. We’re in a good position and we’ve done the hard work so it would be great to get to the Round of 16.

“We’re fortunate to have experience in players who know what it takes to win (the Champions League).

“We’ve had a good week – we seem to be better when we have more games, as we’re able to find our rhythm and momentum.

“It’s about dealing on a game-by-game basis with the opposition in front of you; not getting too far ahead and giving yourself the best opportunity.

“It’s something we want to achieve. We’re looking forward to it.”

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Match officials

Referee: Katalin Kulcsár (HUN)
Assistant referees: Katalin Török (HUN), Judit Kulcsár (HUN)
Fourth official: Eszter Urban (HUN)

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

City left it late against fellow Women's Super League title contenders Arsenal, with Caroline Weir’s 94th-minute strike earning a deserved 2-1 victory at the Academy Stadium.

The Scottish international got the goal that her performance deserved when she opened up her body and curled home from the edge of the box for her first WSL strike of the season.

Vivianne Miedema had put the visitors ahead within three minutes with a typically clinical finish before Sam Mewis’ second goal in the space of four days hauled us level just after the half hour.

But it was Weir who made the decisive contribution with her dramatic stoppage time winner, hauling Gareth Taylor’s side to within a single point of the WSL top three.

WATCH: Match highlights: City 2-1 Arsenal

Last meeting

Georgia Stanway netted her 50th goal for City as Gareth Taylor’s side fought back from an early setback to gain advantage in the Champions League Round of 32.

The forward struck four minutes before the break in Sweden to bag a crucial away goal and level the tie, after Vilde Bøe Risa had opened the scoring for Göteborg FC inside two minutes at the Valhalla IP.

Sam Mewis then marked her European debut with a goal to turn the game on its head with just under 15 minutes to go, handing the visitors a strong 2-1 advantage to take back to Manchester in a week's time.

City mounted an impressive comeback in difficult conditions on a bitterly cold evening in Sweden, to give us a crucial advantage going into the return leg in Manchester.

WATCH: UWCL highlights: Göteborg 1-2 City

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