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Summary

  1. Result: Man City 1-0 Fortuna Hjorring (agg: 2-0)
  2. Bronze header gives City victory on the night
  3. Man City face champions Lyon in semi-finals
  4. City reach last four for the first time

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By Tom Garry

All times stated are UK

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Onwards City go

FT: Man City 1-0 Fortuna Hjorring (agg: 2-0)

Thanks for your company this evening, as Manchester City moved one step closer to emulating Arsenal Ladies' historic 2007 triumph of winning the European Cup.

No British side has managed to reach even the final since then. Could this be the year?

Here's a possible omen for Man City fans to ponder... There are no German sides in the last four this season. When was the last time that happened, you ask? 2007, when a British side became European champions.

The holders Lyon stand in City's way first though, and they are a seriously good side. Join us again for that tie - it should be a cracker.

For now though, good night.

FT: Man City 1-0 Fortuna Hjorring (agg: 2-0)

Here is the full line-up for the 2016-17 Women's Champions League semi-finals:

Barcelona v PSG

Man City v Lyon

Quite a box-office line-up, that.

Holders Lyon await

FT: Man City 1-0 Fortuna Hjorring (agg: 2-0)

So then, that win for Man City means that, in April, they will face holders Lyon in the semi-finals.

That means we're set to see a showdown between City's Wolrd Player of the Year Carli Lloyd and Lyon's United States forward Alex Morgan - who joined the defending champions on loan for six months from Orlando Pride this winter.

That individual match-up will attract a wide-reaching, global audience.

Morgan, for example, boasts more than 3m followers on a popular social media site, and was reportedly the highest-paid women's footballer in the world in 2015.

Man City reach the semi-finals

FT: Man City 1-0 Fortuna Hjorring (agg: 2-0)

Carli Lloyd
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City's progression in Europe sees them reach a second knockout-competition semi-final in less than a week, following Sunday's FA Cup quarter-final win at Bristol City.

They remain on course for a possible five trophies in the space of nine months, with the WSL 1 Spring Series still to come, following their League and League Cup double in 2016.

Man City reach the semi-finals

FT: Man City 1-0 Fortuna Hjorring (agg: 2-0)

It won't go down in history as one of the greatest games in Women's Champions League history, but Man City's formidable organisation never really let Fortuna Hjorring make much of a game of that second leg.

Lucy Bronze's first-half, looping header was enough to win the game on the night, after Carli Lloyd's priceless away goal in the first leg set them on their way.

FULL-TIME

Man City 1-0 Fortuna Hjorring (agg: 2-0)

Lucy Bronze
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That's it! Man City are through to the semi-finals.

'City have done the ultimate job'

Man City 1-0 Fortuna Hjorring (agg: 2-0)

Lindsay Johnson

Ex-England defender on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"It's been a very professional performance from Manchester City. They were very nervous for the first 20 minutes and gave away chances to Fortuna, which I'm sure Fortuna will be disappointed they didn't take. 

"But City have done the ultimate job tonight by securing a spot in the semi finals of the competition."

Man City 1-0 Fortuna Hjorring (agg: 2-0)

Karen Bardsley - who hasn't had much to do tonight - comes out quickly to claim a high ball launched forward into the City box by Fortuna. Smart keeping.

Man City 1-0 Fortuna Hjorring (agg: 2-0)

Apart from two chances mid-way through the first half, the Danish side have never really looked like scoring.

Two late goals now would be extremely out of the blue. City are almost there.

Man City 1-0 Fortuna Hjorring (agg: 2-0)

Less than two minutes of normal time plus stoppage time stand in between Man City and the semi-finals of the Women's Champions League.

The last time a British side got that far was three years ago, when Birmingham City reached the last four.

Man City 1-0 Fortuna Hjorring (agg: 2-0)

The hosts launch the ball into the box, looking to extend their lead, but Steph Houghton's shot is blocked.

Time is running out for the visitors though, very quickly.

CLOSE!

Man City 1-0 Fortuna Hjorring (agg: 2-0)

Man City break down the right and Nikita Parris is clipped down. From the resulting free-kick, Carli Lloyd almost heads in to make it 3-0 on aggregate but her flicked header from a bouncing ball is well saved by Maria Christensen.

Man City 1-0 Fortuna Hjorring (agg: 2-0)

Keira Walsh
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Man City's holding midfielder Keira Walsh is having another very solid game, having starred for the league champions last season.

The 19-year-old plays with an intelligence far beyond her years, intercepting here, breaking up play there, laying the ball off and setting up moves.

Uncapped at senior level, her displays are surely giving England boss Mark Sampson something to think about as he prepares to name his squad for the Euros.

Man City 1-0 Fortuna Hjorring (agg: 2-0)

The hosts think Jane Ross is through with a big chance for the second goal, but she is just offside after a fine burst forward from Lucy Bronze.

Man City 1-0 Fortuna Hjorring (agg: 2-0)

But Mel Lawley's attempt at a low delivery into the box is well dealt with by the Fortuna defence.

Man City 1-0 Fortuna Hjorring (agg: 2-0)

Scotland striker Jane Ross gets a tug in the back just outside the area and City win a free-kick in a dangerous position.

Man City 1-0 Fortuna Hjorring (agg: 2-0)

Steph Houghton
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Nick Cushing's side are so well-organised defensively - led by England skipper Steph Houghton - that you can only really see them conceding if they make an individual error.

You could probably count on one hand the number of times they have been genuinely cut apart at the back in the past nine months or so.

At the other end, Mel Lawley's long-range shot is saved by Maria Christensen.

Man City 1-0 Fortuna Hjorring (agg: 2-0)

Lindsay Johnson

Ex-England defender on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"I always keep an eye out for Nikita. I taught her a lot when we were at Everton together. 

"She's a really nice girl, a hard worker. She'll be disappointed she didn't start tonight but I hope she really comes on and progresses in the future."

SUBSTITUTION

Man City 1-0 Fortuna Hjorring (agg: 2-0)

The visitors, two goals down on aggregate, make their third and final change, as Laura Frank is replaced forward Signe Bruun.

Man City 1-0 Fortuna Hjorring (agg: 2-0)

Fortuna Hjorring launch the ball high into City's box but it is comfortably gathered by England keeper Karen Bardsley.

SUBSTITUTION

Man City 1-0 Fortuna Hjorring (agg: 2-0)

Nikita Parris comes on for Sweden's Kosovare Asllani.

Big cheers ring around the stadium for the young, skillful England winger, who netted City's late winner in the FA Cup on Sunday.

Man City 1-0 Fortuna Hjorring (agg: 2-0)

Lindsay Johnson

Ex-England defender on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"Mel Lawley has been one of the best players for Man City tonight. Very positive and always attacking. I've been very impressed with her effort."

Man City 1-0 Fortuna Hjorring (agg: 2-0)

Man City are getting ready to bring England winger Nikita Parris on for what would be their second change.

CLOSE!

Man City 1-0 Fortuna Hjorring (agg: 2-0)

The corner is half cleared, out to City's Kosovare Asllani inside the area, but she is leaning slightly off balance as she shoots and her effort flies just wide of the post.

Man City 1-0 Fortuna Hjorring (agg: 2-0)

Mel Lawley shows good pace down City's left and wins a corner for the hosts.

SUBSTITUTION

Man City 1-0 Fortuna Hjorring (agg: 2-0)

Man City bring on Tessel Middag in midfield for the hard-working Jill Scott.

That's a relatively-straight swap for the hosts, like-for-like.

Scott has played very well again.

Man City 1-0 Fortuna Hjorring (agg: 2-0)

Man City Women
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Francisleide dos santos Barbosa is quick and she looks like the most likely source of a Fortuna Hjorring goal at the moment 

The Danish side are looking to get the ball in behind to the Brazil forward.

So far, City are keeping her at bay.

Man City 1-0 Fortuna Hjorring (agg: 2-0)

City's Lucy Bronze goes down on the edge of the area and City appeal for a free-kick but the referee says there is nothing in it.

Moments later, England captain Steph Houghton is caught on the head and play is paused so she can receive treatment.

Man City 1-0 Fortuna Hjorring (agg: 2-0)

Calm in possession and in control of this tie, Man City have their destiny in their own hands here.

Nothing rash, nothing silly, nothing untoward... And they should see this tie out as things stand.

SUBSTITUTIONS

Man City 1-0 Fortuna Hjorring (agg: 2-0)

The visitors make two changes. Pacy Brazilian Francisleide dos santos Barbosa comes on along with Caroline Hansen, with Sarah Hansen and Caroline Rask going off.

Man City 1-0 Fortuna Hjorring (agg: 2-0)

It has been a quiet second half so far. Man City win a throw deep in the Fortuna Hjorring half.

The hosts have kept the ball nicely since the break and won't want to give Fortuna even the faintest hint of a comeback.

Man City 1-0 Fortuna Hjorring (agg: 2-0)

Lucy Bronze
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Lucy Bronze's first-half header has put City 2-0 up in this tie.

If things stay like this, they will face holders Lyon in the semi-finals.

KICK-OFF

Man City 1-0 Fortuna Hjorring (agg: 2-0)

Neither side make any changes at the break.

The hosts, all in blue, get the second half started, under the floodlights at the Academy Stadium.

HT: Man City 1-0 Fortuna Hjorring (agg: 2-0)

The players are back out for the second half in Manchester.

City are 45 minutes away from what would be their first Women's Champions League semi-final, if they can avoid conceding twice.

HT: Man City 1-0 Fortuna Hjorring (agg: 2-0)

PSG celebrate
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Tonight's attendance has been confirmed as 2,148.

That's very high compared to the national average for the Women's Super League and is City's biggest crowd in Europe so far this season.

But I must admit it sounds pretty low compared to last night's other Women's Champions League quarter-final second legs.

14,128 watched holders Lyon face Wolfsburg, a similar figure were in Paris as PSG beat Bayern Munich and 7,350 saw Barcelona beat Rosengard.

Perhaps a reminder that, for all the great strides forward English women's football has made in recent years, there is still a fair way to go to match other countries off the field.

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Elsewhere today

Hedvig Lindahl
The FA

In other women's football news today, Sweden goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl has signed an extended contract with Chelsea Ladies until 2019.

Lindahl, 33, who has been with Chelsea since December 2014, won Olympic silver with her country  in Rio in 2016.

"She is probably the best goalkeeper in the world on current form," manager Emma Hayes told the  club website.

You can read more on that story here.

HT: Man City 1-0 Fortuna Hjorring (agg: 2-0)

Man City have controlled the first 45 minutes, but they did concede a couple of really big chances that they will be relieved did not lead to Fortuna Hjorring goals.

Those two nervy moments aside, the hosts have dominated possession and are good value for their 1-0 lead on the night, which has them two goals up on aggregate.

HALF-TIME

Man City 1-0 Fortuna Hjorring (agg: 2-0)

Man City 1-0 Fortuna Hjorring (agg: 2-0)

One minute of added time awaits us at this end of this first half.