Aussies Abroad: De Vanna debuts for Fiorentina, Chidiac's Atleti secure big win
Lisa De Vanna made her debut for Fiorentina in Friday morning's UEFA Women's Champions League clash with Arsenal.
The 34-year-old Westfield Matildas veteran signed for the Italian giants last week, her first move abroad since playing for National Women's Soccer League outfit Orlando Pride in 2016.
And although Fiorentina succumbed to a 4-0 first leg defeat to the English champions, there was plenty to like from the legendary Australian forward's maiden outing.
De Vanna played 73 minutes of the clash and was involved in her side's best chance of the match: a lovely flowing move with teammates Janelle Cordia and Frederikke Thorgersen.
But the class of Arsenal, managed by ex-Westfield W-League boss Joe Montemurro, who coached De Vanna at Melbourne City, eventually told, and the Gunners will take a handsome advantage back to North London courtesy of Vivianne Miedema's double and goals to Kim Little and Lisa Evans.
The second leg takes place on Friday, September 27 at 4:30am.
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Meanwhile, Alex Chidiac is one step closer to the UEFA Women's Champions League Round of 16.
Chidiac was an unused substitute as Atlético Madrid secured a big 3-2 victory over Serbian Super Liga powerhouse Spartak Subotica earlier this morning thanks to a 90th minute winner from Olga Garcia.
The Primera División champions will take the aggregate lead back to Spain ahead of the second leg on the morning of Thursday, September 26 (AEST).
The 20-year-old from South Australia - who signed a new two-year deal with the Spanish giants in May - made 19 appearances and helped the club win the league for a third straight season in her debut campaign.
Atletico coach José Luis Sánchez Vera said: “All victories are always positive. We knew that Spartak Subotica could harm us, but the goal was to get the victory to have an advantage for the second leg."