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Women’s Champions League: Manchester City 1-1 Atletico Madrid – home side held to draw

England's Toni Duggan (left) was playing against her former club for the Spanish side

Manchester City had to settle for a draw in the first leg of their Women's Champions League last-16 tie with Atletico Madrid as a late goal cancelled out Janine Beckie's early opener.

Canada's Beckie had pounced on Keira Walsh's through ball to put City ahead, six minutes after Atletico's Elena Linari hit the crossbar.

City seemed to be in control until Charlyn Corral's 80th-minute equaliser rocked the boat.

The second leg will be played in Madrid on Wednesday, 30 October after City travel to rivals Manchester United and Arsenal in the Continental Cup and Women's Super League respectively.

Atletico should have taken the lead after six minutes when England forward Toni Duggan, returning to her former club, could only blast over the bar from five yards out.

Beckie showed composure moments later, after Duggan failed to take her chance in front of the home fans, who had chanted her name before kick-off.

Atletico then dominated most of the possession before the break but City were a threat on the counter-attack, with Lauren Hemp getting into good positions on the left.

It was Hemp who created the opening chance of the game - lifting it into Tessa Wullaert, who headed over the bar after four minutes.

But Gemma Bonner was beaten for pace by Ludmila Da Silva and could only bring her down on the edge of the box in the sixth minute.

Linari took advantage of the resulting free-kick - forcing a save out of City keeper Ellie Roebuck, before her rebound effort was tipped onto the bar.

City had plenty of chances to double their lead with Jill Scott and Hemp causing a nuisance in the box, particularly in the second half.

However, Roebuck had to be alert when Da Silva used her pace to break away again down the right and it was the Brazilian who created the equaliser, beating Demi Stokes on the byline before cutting the ball back for an unmarked Corral to slot home.

It silenced the majority of the 1,219 fans in attendance - a relatively low crowd for such an anticipated tie.

The result leaves the tie in the balance as City face a tough trip to Madrid against the team that knocked them out in the last 32 of the competition 13 months ago.

Manchester City manager Nick Cushing: "It was a good performance. We dominated periods. We created chances - though not many clear chances.

"We probably proved to ourselves we didn't play well enough last year but we can still do better. They were probably a little bit unknown to us last year. I didn't think I picked the right team last year but I wasn't going to do that again tonight.

"We are capable of winning the second game. The away goal means zero because we had it last year and got beat. The away goals only really matter if you score again in the second leg.

"I think we can be better at stopping the counter-attacks. We have two tough games but we want to welcome Georgia Stanway and Ellen White back and we're excited for Manchester United now."

Manchester City midfielder Jill Scott: "It was tough but we put a shift in. I do think there is another gear from us to come.

"We are very organised and stop a lot of counters. They have a threat up front in the pace. We know at this level, if you switch off for one moment you can be punished.

"We're not fearful of going over there and getting a result. I never think we won't get a goal so we are just looking forward to that game now."

Atletico Madrid manager Pablo Lopez Salgado: "I tried to give small ideas of how I want my team to play. I have an extraordinary group with players who want to learn. They make it very easy for me.

"We controlled the game. It was a good result for us but we could have won. But obviously I am very happy overall."

Atletico Madrid forward Duggan: "It was tough. We lost our coach which is always difficult. I am so proud of the team - it means so much to us.

"The performance we put in, with the injuries we have got, the week we have had, it was a positive performance from us all.

"The morale has been amazing. It was difficult for everyone when he [former coach Jose Luis Sanchez Vera] left the club. The togetherness in the group is unbelievable.

"We haven't seen the best from Atletico but we are near the top of the table and competing in the Champions League."


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Match report: Slavia Prague 2-5 Arsenal Women

WHAT HAPPENED 

Vivianne Miedema delivered an attacking masterclass on Wednesday night, scoring four goals in our 5-2 first-leg victory over Slavia Prague in the Champions League last-16.  

The Netherlands international has now scored eight goals across all competitions this season, taking her tally up to 48 since joining the club in May 2017.

We suffered our first defeat of the season last Sunday, and that seemed to be all the motivation we needed in Prague as we delivered a faultless attacking performance from start to finish.

With just 24 minutes on the clock, Beth Mead received the ball in transition and played a first-time pass into the feet of Miedema, who raced through on goal and fired coolly past Olivie Lukasova.

Less than two minutes later she doubled her tally when Lukasova raced off her line and missed the ball, gifting Miedema the opportunity to fire into an open goal.

Our dominance continued and Miedema sealed her hat-trick before the break. Leah Williamson played a sublime through ball into the path of Danielle van de Donk, who evaded the keeper with a roulette and teed up Miedema for a simple finish inside the area. 

We picked up where we left off in the second half too, with Mead tormenting the home side down the right flank. The England international raced behind her marker and fizzed a ball across the face of goal, where Miedema was waiting to score her fourth of the evening. 

Captain Kim Little then made it five from the spot after winning the penalty herself, before Katerina Svitkova and Mia Persson score late on to reduce the deficit for the return leg.

WHAT IT MEANS 

We head into the return leg with five away goals and a three-goal cushion

WHAT’S NEXT 

The return leg will be played at Meadow Park on Thursday, October 31, with kick-off taking place at 7.30pm (UK time)

In the meantime, make sure you’ve got tickets for our FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup clash with Charlton on Sunday.

Copyright 2019 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source.

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Women’s Champions League: Slavia Prague 2-5 Arsenal – Vivianne Miedema scores four

Vivianne Miedema was the top scorer in England's Women's Super League last season

Vivianne Miedema scored four times as Arsenal beat Slavia Prague to go within touching distance of the Women's Champions League quarter-finals.

The Netherlands striker completed a hat-trick inside 39 minutes to give the Gunners a 3-0 half-time lead away from home against the Czech Republic outfit.

Miedema added a fourth after the break and Kim Little's penalty made it 5-0.

The hosts' Katerina Svitkova and Mia Persson pulled goals back late on but Arsenal take a 5-2 lead back to London.

The Gunners will progress to the last eight if they avoid a heavy home defeat on 31 October.

Arsenal - last season's Women's Super League champions - were 6-0 aggregate winners over Italian side Fiorentina in the previous round to reach this stage.

Miedema, 23, also scored three goals over the course of that last-32 tie.


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Paul Pogba: Manchester United midfielder to miss Premier League match against Liverpool

Paul Pogba has played in five of Manchester United's eight league games this season

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has been ruled out of Sunday's Premier League meeting with leaders Liverpool at Old Trafford.

The Frenchman, 26, is suffering from a foot injury that has limited him to two appearances since the end of August.

United are two points clear of the relegation zone while Liverpool have an eight-point lead at the top.

Goalkeeper David de Gea is also a doubt for the game - he will have scans on Thursday on a groin injury.

Argentine Sergio Romero will deputise against Liverpool if De Gea is ruled out with the injury that forced him off in the second half of Spain's Euro 2020 qualifier with Sweden on Tuesday.

Pogba last played in the 1-1 draw at home to Arsenal on 30 September. He missed United's 1-0 defeat at Newcastle before the international break and has failed to recover in time to face Liverpool (Sunday, 16:30 BST).


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FA Cup first round: Bury expulsion means bye to second round for one team

Bury were founded in 1885 and have twice won the FA Cup

One club will receive a bye to round two of the FA Cup when the first-round draw is made on Thursday, following Bury's removal from the competition.

The Shakers were expelled from the English Football League - and subsequently the cup - in August.

The 47 remaining League One and League Two clubs will join 32 non-league outfits in the first round in November.

The club that receives the bye will also be awarded the £36,000 prize money for a first-round winner.

The final club left in the pot on Thursday will receive the bye.

When then-holders Manchester United did not compete in the 1999-2000 FA Cup campaign because of the FIFA Club World Championship in Brazil, a "lucky losers" system was used rather than awarding a team a bye.

In that year, with an odd number of teams involved in the third-round draw, Darlington were selected at random from the 20 teams who had been knocked out in the second round and lost 2-1 at Aston Villa.

What is Bury's latest situation?

Bury were beaten 1-0 by Luton Town in the second round of last season's FA Cup

Bury are the first club to have their league membership withdrawn since Maidstone were liquidated in 1992.

On Wednesday, they were granted a 14-day extension after a winding-up petition brought by HM Revenue & Customs was adjourned in the High Court.

The club have been given the additional time to pay back smaller businesses, reports BBC Radio Manchester.

A prospective buyer for the club ended their interest on Monday, leaving Bury on the brink of liquidation.

A group of Bury supporters have already been working on plans to form a phoenix club and, if successful, would have to apply to the Football Association for entry into the English non-league pyramid next season.


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