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Manchester City vs Göteborg Women at Academy Stadium

Academy Stadium Referee : Katalin Kulcsár
16th December 2020 3:00 PM (GMT)
  • 3 Manchester City

    • ‘36' Lauren Hemp
    • ‘65' Georgia Stanway
    • ‘67' Georgia Stanway
  • 0 Göteborg Women


Commentary By Neil Leigh


Thanks for joining us

That's all from me after a thoroughly satisfying afternoon's work.

A Lauren Hemp wonder goal, two strikes from Georgia Stanway and our ticket secured to the last 16 of the Champions League.

Can't ask for any more than that!

Many thanks for your company and see you all again soon.


Lauren Hemp on her wonder goal

"I couldn't believe it. You can see in my celebration, I'm standing in shock. Cut inside and l the saw keeper was off her line. It was like slow motion saying β€œGo on, go on!”


Gareth Taylor's reaction

"In the end I was pleased with how the girls managed the game. They are a difficult outfit to play against, rally impressive in their build up play

"The way we managed the game was good. We could have scored more but some good individual performances as well."


Nifty fifty!!

Georgia Stanway bagged City's 50th European goal during today's win and sits as City's top scorer for the season with eight goals in the 2020/21 campaign. 


Riding on the crest of wave

Aoife Mannion

"We're riding on a wave of form and we can feel that momentum in our favour and just want it to continue."


16 again

So we are into the last 16 draw and will enter the hat full of confidence after that display.

Goteborg were very tricky opponents but City met every challenge head on.

A wonder strike from Lauren Hemp and  a brace from Georgia Stanway make it an afternoon to remember.



Another brilliant sweeping City move sees Stokes fizz in a first time cross from the left to Jill Scott.

The midfielder swivels and sees a shot just go over the bar.


Hit the post

Ellen White denied by the woodwork.

A little close range flick strikes the post from the England striker - she must wonder what on earth she has to do to score today.


Quality street

This display should fill Gareth Taylor's squad with huge confidence.

So impressive again this afternoon.

The deeper we get into the season, the better we look.



Kelly whips in another teasing cross, White leaves the ball and it falls to Coombs but her goalbound effort is blocked just in the nick of time.


IT'S THREE!!!!!!

It's a carbon copy!!

White powers in a shot which Falk parries once again and Stanway gobbles up the rebound.

What an impact


Double delight

The subs at the heart of the goal. Kelly whips in the cross from the right, White instinctively fires in a shot on goal, Falk parries but Stanway is there to finish off from close range.

Just what we wanted!



So close for City as more great work Hemp finds Coombs in the box, she drills in a powerful low shot but Falk dives to her left and produces a superb save.


What a save

Ellie Roebuck has just pulled out a worldie to deny Goteborg skipper Vilde Rise.

She unleashed a 25 yard dipping half volley, Roebuck leapt to her left to pull off a staggering save.



Warning for City there as Blackstenius gets in behind Houghton and Greenwood but the flag is up.

A reminder that Goteborg are still a threat


So close

A stunning free kick from Greenwood travels 40 yards and the keeper backtracks and tips the ball onto the bar.

What a goal that would have been!


Superb searching long ball from Greenwood finds Mewis on the left edge of the box, she drifts in an inviting ball into the box but its just beyond Beckie.


More the same please!!

Excellent first 45 minutes that.

The key now is to maintain that work rate and endeavour and look to add a second goal which would really put us in control.


Hit the post!

Now Sam Mewis hits the post with a low effort after Lauren Hemp opened up space on the left wing.

City have stepped it up big style.


That is sublime

Lauren received the ball on the left wing, cut inside and delivered a stunning 25 yard effort which loped over Falk into the net.

What.A Goal.

Get in!!!


The Bronze age

Now Bronze drives forward down the right flank and drills in a teasing cross. Hemp jumps but can't quite get enough purchase on the effort.



Great harrying from Hemp as she wins the ball back on the left wing, the ball is quickly moved across to Beckie via Mewis but Janine's goalbound shot is blocked on the edge of the box.


Now Falk gathers from a Hemp cross as City seek to up the pressure.

Cagey first 20 minutes or so. City in the ascendancy but Goteborg a threat on the break.


Smooth operator

Great play from Lucy Bronze as nips a Goteborg attack in the bud, gains possession and sets City on our way.

Looked easy - anything bit though.



Caroline Weir so close to another great goal.

She collects Beckie's cross ball in the centre of the box, makes space and pings in a shot which is narrowly wide.


Now Sam Mewis seeks to tee up Ellen White but the England striker is a tad too powerful as she looks to pressure the Goteborg defence.

Fast pace start to the game.



Great move by City.

Weir feeds Lauren Hemp who shimmies and sprints down the left flank before whipping in a teasing low cross.

Ellen White is there but the shot is just the wrong side of the post.


Almost ready...πŸ’™

The teams are about to make their way out to the pitch.

If last week's game is anything to go by we should be in for a cracker.

Can't wait!


Weather watch...⚠️⚠️⚠️

Grey, cold and wet here in Manchester right now but there's no doubt that the City players will quickly warm to the task.

We're in a rich vein of form right now and we'll want to maintain that winning momentum.


Sweet 16 for City?...1️⃣6️⃣

This afternoon's encounter will be our 24th match in European combat.

Our record in continental action is more than decent - 15 wins and four draws from 23 matches to date.

A 16th win this afternoon would be perfect!


More from the boss...πŸ‘‡πŸ»

Gareth Taylor

β€œWe’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.

β€œIt’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.

β€œIt’s something we want to achieve. We’re looking forward to it.”


Respect for Goteborg

More from Gareth Taylor

β€œWe need to respect them,” he stated. β€œThey’re very fit and energetic.

β€œThe Champions League is important. We’re trying to go as far as we can in this competition.

β€œIt’s really tough. We drew a tough first tie (in GΓΆteborg) and it’s not over."


Gareth Taylor on Lauren Hemp


β€œWe made a decision not to take her to Sweden. That was the right call and it gives us the option to use her [on Wednesday].

β€œ[Having her back] is an injection of hope and it gives everyone a real boost.


No half measures

City will know that this tie is far from over even though we hold a precious 2-1 advantage.

The Swedish champions proved more than dangerous opponents last week, racing into an early lead and posing all sorts of a problems in a testing first 20 minutes.

Today the key will once again be about discipline, focus and composure.


How our visitors line up

 GOTEBORG: Falk, Roddar, Kullberg, Curmark, Koivisto, Csiki, Boe Risa, Angeldal, Wijk, Blackstenuis, Hammarlund

Subs: Geurts, Ijeh, Folds, Nelhage, Svedberg, Andersson


Power packed πŸ’₯

Just the two changes then from the side which secured a thrilling 2-1 win over Arsenal in last Sunday's FAWSL encounter.

Ellen White and Janine Beckie come into the 11 as we look to get the job done and book our passport through to the last 16.


Team news incoming...πŸ“ƒ

We'll have team news for you ahead of kick-off in just five minutes time as we discover Gareth Taylor's matchday line up.


πŸ”΅ UWCL time πŸ”΅

Good afternoon!

And a very warm welcome to the Matchday Centre as City resume our UEFA Women's Champions League campaign with a crucial Round of 32 second leg tie at home to Goteborg FC..

A superb 2-1 win in Sweden last week has given us the vital advantage going into today's return but there is everything still to play for.

I’ll be with your from here on out, guiding you through all the pre-match build-up, in game action and post-match reaction.