Arsenal advance to last 16 in Women's Champions League

By Tony LeightonWomen's football correspondent
Danielle Carter
Danielle Carter was among the scorers for Arsenal in an easy victory

Arsenal cruised into the last 16 of the Women's Champions League after a 6-0 second leg win against Bobruichanka gave them a 10-0 aggregate victory.

Striker Danielle Carter and midfielder Jennifer Beattie both scored twice as the side from Belarus were seen off.

Bristol Academy went out after losing 4-2 in Russia to Energiya Voronezh, who went through 5-3 on aggregate.

Glasgow City, the third British club involved, play their second leg against Valur in Iceland on Thursday.

The score is 1-1 after the first leg.

Arsenal 6-0 Bobruichanka (10-0 aggregate)

The tie was virtually decided before kick-off but two Carter goals in the opening half-hour of the second leg put the issue beyond any doubt.

Midfielder Katie Chapman struck the third goal four minutes before half-time, before Beattie scored twice in three minutes around the hour mark.

Midfielder Jordan Nobbs hit the final goal in the 65th minute and Arsenal will now face either Rayo Vallecano or Vantaa, whose second leg is on Thursday with Vallecano leading 4-1.

Gunners manager Laura Harvey said: "It's been a good tie for us - 10 goals scored, none conceded, no bookings to carry forward and no injuries.

"We beat Vallecano in the round of 16 last season so we know a fair bit about them, but they're a decent side and it won't be easy."

Energiya Voronezh 4-2 Bristol Academy (5-3 aggregate)

Bristol went behind to a disputed 14th-minute penalty by Olesya Mashina, but they hit back to equalise through striker Ann-Marie Heatherson 14 minutes later.

Mashina hit a lucky second goal just after the half-hour, her 35-yard shot taking two deflections to bobble over the line just inside the post.

Either side of the interval, Academy were on top but chances went begging and in the 70th minute Veronica Bouquete scored the decisive third goal for the hosts.

Pamela Conti stretched the lead in the 87th minute and Bristol substitute Ellie Curson's stoppage-time goal was no more than consolation.

Manager Mark Sampson said: "The penalty decision was a poor one and that put us on the back foot, but we took control after Annie's equaliser.

"Unfortunately we missed a couple of very good chances early in the second half and then we were chasing the game.

"But we kept going and all credit to the girls, they gave it their best shot and I don't feel that we were outclassed.

"It's been our first taste of Champions League football and it's been a great adventure - now the girls want more and hopefully we'll be back against next season."

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