- England women’s boss Phil Neville was in attendance to watch Man City women
- City beat Sweden’s Linkoping 2-0 in the quarter-final first leg on Wednesday
- Elsewhere, Chelsea took control of their tie with a huge 2-0 win in Montpellier
England women’s manager Phil Neville watched on as Manchester City eased aside Sweden’s Linkoping with a 2-0 win on Wednesday in the UEFA Women’s Champions League quarter-final first leg.
Goals from Nikita Parris and Jane Ross put City in control of the tie ahead of next week’s second leg on a night that also saw Chelsea seize control as they left Montpellier with a 2-0 win.
Ji So-yun and substitute Erin Cuthbert were on target for the Blues as they return to London with one eye on the semi-finals.
Phil Neville was in the crowd to see Manchester City women win 2-0 in the Champions League
Goals from Nikita Parris and Jane Ross give City a commanding lead ahead of the second leg
Parris took responsibility to open the scoring from the spot as City eye a semi-finals spot
The second, which came through Ross, puts distance between City and Sweden’s Linkoping
Neville is currently reflecting on his early spell in charge after his side suffered final defeat to the USA in the SheBelieves Cup earlier this month.
For City, they reached the semi-finals last season in their first participation in the Women’s Champions League and will hope to do as well or better this time around.
On Wednesday night, Linkoping were reduced to 10 men seven minutes before half-time when Liza Lantz received two yellow cards in quick succession and conceded a penalty.
It was also a good night for Chelsea as Ji So-yun and substitute Erin Cuthbert were on target
The 2-0 away win in Montpellier is a huge result for Chelsea as they took control of the tie
Parris scored the spot-kick and Ross scored a headed second 10 minutes into the second half as City, who also hit the woodwork twice, secured a victory ahead of the return at the Linkoping Arena.
Chelsea are making their debut at the quarter-final stage and will feel that they have overcome a major hurdle in the away leg.
Ji struck four minutes into the second half at La Mosson to give Chelsea a vital away goal ahead of next week’s second leg in London and Cuthbert added a second moments after coming off the bench.
The final takes place in Kiev on Thursday, May 24, two days prior to the men’s Champions League final in the Ukrainian capital which City will also hope to be in.