Arsenal, Paris Saint-Germain and Glasgow City are in the quarter-finals of this season’s Women’s Champions League, joining Barcelona, Atlético Madrid, Wolfsburg, Bayern Munich and Lyon in the last eight of the competition.
Vivianne Miedema and Danielle van de Donk each scored hat-tricks in the second leg, with Jill Roord and Kim Little also getting on the scoresheet.
Miedema had already scored four in the first leg alone and is now the competition’s top scorer this season on 10 goals, one ahead of Lyon superstar Ada Hegerberg.
Reigning WSL champions Arsenal made short work of Slavia Prague in the last 16, thrashing the Czech side 8-0 in the second leg on Thursday night. Having already won 5-2 in Prague a fortnight earlier, the Gunners ultimately prevailed 13-2 on aggregate.
Arsenal have never previously won this iteration of the Champions League, but they did win the old UEFA Women’s Cup in 2007 which it eventually replaced. The Gunners remain the only English club to date to have been crowned European champions.
PSG were finalists in 2015 and 2017 and booked their place in this season’s quarter-finals by extending an already comfortable aggregate lead over Iceland’s Breidablik. Jordyn Huitema scored twice in a 3-1 win on the night, 7-1 on aggregate.
Elsewhere on Thursday, Glasgow City needed a penalty shootout to see off Brondby after a 2-2 aggregate draw – somewhat bizarrely, both sides won 2-0 away from home.
Barcelona, finalists for the first time in 2019, beat FC Minsk by an 8-0 aggregate margin to progress, while Bayern Munich thrashed Kazakhstan’s BIIK Kazygurt 7-0 over the two legs. Wolfsburg also had a 7-0 aggregate win, beating FC Twente. Six of the eight last 16 ties won by an aggregate margin of at least six goals.
The draws for the quarter-finals and semi-finals will both be made on Friday 8 November, but the action itself will now pause until the spring. The last eight ties will kick off in late March 2020, with the semi-finals taking place in late April and early May.
The 2020 Women’s Champions League final is to be played on Sunday 24 May at the Generali Arena in Vienna. The five other last 16 ties had already been settled on Wednesday night.
Manchester City were knocked out by Atleti for the second time in a row. Lyon had made light work of Denmark’s Fortuna Hjorring, with Hegerberg scoring four times across the 11-0 aggregate victory. Eugenie Le Sommer got three in the tie, while England forward Nikita Parris was also among the scorers.