Glasgow City beat Martve 7-0 to keep Champions League hopes alive

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Highlights: Glasgow City 7-0 FC Martve

Kirsty Howat scored a hat-trick as Glasgow City strolled to a 7-0 victory over Georgian side FC Martve in the Women's Champions League.

After Tuesday's defeat by Anderlecht, City had to win their second group game at Edinburgh's Oriam to keep hope of qualifying for the last 32 alive.

Abbi Grant scored a first-half double, while Jenna Clark and Jo Love also struck to put City joint second.

They were handed a boost as Gornik Leczna beat Anderlecht later on Friday.

That means that a win by at least two goals for City against the Poles on Monday will ensure they top the group and reach the last 32 because if teams are level then standings are decided by their head-to-head record.

Even if City only win by one goal, three points may be enough to qualify as one of the two best runners-up from the 10 qualifying groups.

Not much was expected of Martve, who had lost 12-0 to Gornik on Tuesday.

Within three minutes City had their first; Grant collecting the ball from a corner and curling it in off the post.

Grant grabbed her second 20 minutes later as she rattled a shot from outside the box into the top corner.

Second-half surge

The avalanche of goals would not arrive until the second half.

Within four minutes of the restart City had doubled their lead as Howat slid home before Love took aim from 50 yards and looped the ball over goalkeeper Kateryna Dikhtyar.

With 22 minutes left to play, Howat's second goal was out of the top drawer. Collecting Kerr's short pass she turned her marker on the edge of the box then picked her spot high in the centre of the goal.

Clark made it six on 76 minutes, her first goal for the club, with a weak effort from close range that the keeper fumbled into the net.

Dikhtyar's day was a strange one in the Martve goal. She brilliantly pushed away Kerr's powerful shot but minutes later allowed a similar effort from Howat to slip through her fingers and into the net for the seventh goal.

Champions League Group 3 table
The head-to-head record means a two-goal win for Glasgow City on Monday against Gornik Leczna will win the group

'We can still do better'

Glasgow City head coach Scott Booth: "I don't think I've ever really been involved in a game like that before. It was quite a weird sort of game, certainly in the way the opposition set up and some of the things that were going on.

"We started the game really well but then got frustrated by creating chances and not taking them. We were much better in the second half.

"When a team sits in on the edge of their box you're invited to shoot from distance. But I still think we can do that better, we were slapping at a lot of shots from outside the box."

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