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Real Madrid

UEFA Women's Champions League Qualifying
UEFA Women's Champions League Qualifying
Wednesday 8 September 2021
Kickoff at 19:00 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 the second leg of our UEFA Women’s Champions League Round Two clash.

When and where

Gareth Taylor’s side welcome Real Madrid to the Academy Stadium on Wednesday 8 September, with kick-off scheduled for 19:00pm (UK).

The match will be shown live on CITY+, with a subscription costing just £1.99 per month while also granting access to full-match replays of all Men’s Women’s, EDS and Academy fixtures, as well as original documentaries and selected live broadcasts.


You can also follow the action via our Matchday Centre, which will provide unique minute-by-minute coverage, stats and reaction here on and the official app.

Supporters can also keep up-to-date by following our dedicated matchday Twitter account: @ManCityWomen.

Should you miss the match entirely, or just want to relive it, then a full-match replay will also be available to view with a CITY+ subscription.

Ticket information

Tickets are still on sale for our first match back at the Academy Stadium in over 18 months.

You can find all of the information you need, including pricing and how to purchase, by clicking on the link below.


Get involved

  • We will have mobile ticketing support on hand at the base of the Nexen bridge. Visit one of our support gazebos where one of our playmakers can assist you in downloading your ticket, charging your phone, or addressing your queries before heading to the turnstiles to enter the stadium.
  • The starting XI player flags are back! If you want to be one of our flag bearers for the team sheet read, and for team entry please report to one of our playmakers on entry and put your name down! They will then manage the experience for you in the half an hour before kick-off. There are only 11 spaces so get in there quick!
  • The Moonies will be back so catch them pre-match and at half-time!
  • You can get your selfies and messages to the team on our stadium big screen by tweeting us using #CityBigScreen – we’ll get as many of you up there as possible! Our best photo of the day will win a Man City women’s full team signed shirt!
  • The new North Stand bar area will be open for you to grab a drink and catch up with friends before the game!
  • The team will be warming up to their matchday playlist picks which you can also listen to, and get pumped before the game on the City Square Live Spotify.
  • Finally we will have a new voice of the Academy Stadium in new Man City Women’s PA announcer Ellen Ellard. She’ll be making her women’s debut as we welcome you guys back to the stadium!

Team news

Gareth Taylor says Georgia Stanway and Ellen White could be in contention to start at the Academy Stadium.

Both players missed the trip to Madrid for the first leg but returned from the bench on 65 minutes in Saturday’s impressive 4-0 triumph at Everton, as the City boss was able to rotate the squad, making five changes to allow rest time for some players and provide valuable minutes for others.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Taylor was asked whether the pair would be fit to start and also confirmed the Club are still awaiting international clearance for new recruit Filippa Angeldahl.

Ellie Roebuck (calf), Lucy Bronze (knee), Karen Bardsley (hamstring), Keira Walsh (calf) and Chloe Kelly (ACL) remain sidelined, while Jess Park also missed the weekend win at Everton.

Gareth Taylor preview

“It’s very even. Obviously, with the away goals being dropped now it is completely even.

“In terms of importance, it is massively important. We probably brought out the toughest tie we could have. We are aware of that.

“We have got a good result under our belts. I think we will be in a better place when we start.”


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"Going into tomorrow we are in a much better place than we were this time last week. We have had a lot more time together now, probably more time in the last week than we had previously.

"We know what they are going to bring, the pressure they bring. I just think we are better prepared for it this week.

"We were all pretty disappointed last week, especially after conceding so late on, but I think on reflection, when we considered the lack of pre-season and the lack of time with the new signings, it wasn’t the worst result in the world.

"Last week they really brought the game to us at times and I fully expect them to do the same tomorrow because it’s the Champions League and they really have to go for it to progress.

"We are expecting a really tough test. Obviously we are feeling good after Saturday, but I still think we will have to be at the top of our game."

Last time out

City got our Barclays FA Women’s Super League campaign off to a dream start with a comprehensive 4-0 victory away to Everton.

Vicky Losada and Khadija Shaw both grabbed their first goals for the club either side of Janine Beckie’s incisive low drive, which saw City go in with a seemingly unassailable half-time lead.

Gareth Taylor’s side withstood plenty of pressure from the hosts to preserve the clean sheet in the second 45, while Houghton rounded off the scoring at the other end with a sumptuous free-kick after the hour.

Last meeting

Our Round Two clash with Las Blancas remains finely poised after a stoppage time equaliser from Kenti Robles denied City a first leg victory in Madrid.

Caroline Weir smashed home the game’s opener early in the second half, with City seemingly holding on for an impressive away victory in our first competitive fixture of the new campaign.

But Robles’ late intervention was enough to level the tie heading into this Wednesday’s clash, with the overall victors booking their place in the group stages.

Match officials

Referee: Riem Hussein (GER)
Assistants: Katrin Rafalski (GER), Christina Biehl (GER)
Fourth Official: Fabienne Michel (GER)

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