Lyon, Häcken and Arsenal through to UWCL Group Stage

The UWCL round 2 has kicked off with the 12 two-legged ties deciding the teams that will join title holders Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern München and Chelsea in the group stage.

Lyon, BK Häcken and Arsenal all secured wins in their second leg fixtures these past two days, booking a spot in the UWCL group stage. Sixteen teams will compete in the competition's group stage to be played with home and away games, with the draw streamed live on September 13th at 9 pm AEST.

With a new broadcast deal, all games from the group stage onwards will be shown live across the world. With all games streamed for free within Australia on streaming platform DAZN, shown live on their YouTube channel.

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Olympique Lyonnais v Levante UD

Lyon's record-breaking five successive Champions League title run was broken last year and the French side is now out for redemption. After winning the first leg of the fixture 2-1, Lyon hosted Spanish side Levante UD in the second leg.

The fixture would end with the same score as the last time, with Lyon winning again 2-1. All 3 goals were scored within 4 minutes of one another, with Amel Majri finding the opener for Lyon at the hour mark.

Ellie Carpenter played out the whole 90 minutes in Lyon's win, she was solid in defence and showed her creative flair in attack. 

BK Häcken v Vålerenga

Häcken welcomed the Norwegian side Vålerenga for the second leg of round 2, after winning their last encounter 3-1, Häcken took confidence going into the fixture.

Stina Blackstenius kept her marvellous form going, finding the back of the net twice for Häcken. The second leg ended 3-2, with Häcken winning 6-3 on aggregate. 

Dylan Holmes made her UWCL debut, coming on in the 79th minute to see out the win.

SK Slavia Praha v Arsenal 

The Gunners defeated the side from the Czech Republic 13-2 on aggregate in the 2019/20 UWCL season. This UWCL season would be no different, with the fixture ending 0-7 on aggregate.

Steph Catley and Lydia Williams both started for Arsenal, with Williams making her UWCL debut and earning a clean sheet. 

Stephanie Catley in Arsenal's 4-0 UWCL win. (Source: @ArsenalWFC Twitter)
Stephanie Catley in Arsenal's 4-0 UWCL win. (Source: @ArsenalWFC Twitter)

Catley and Williams would go on to play the whole 90 minutes, ensuring Arsenal's spot in the group stage. 

After a goalless first half, Vivianne Miedema would bring up her century for The Gunners. Scoring 3 goals to seal the 4-0 win over Slavia Praha. 

With Caitlin Foord missing the deciding fixture through injury. 

Manchester City v Real Madrid

Manchester City welcomed UWCL newcomers Real Madrid for the second leg of round 2. A stoppage-time goal to Madrid in the last fixture saw the game end in a 1-1 draw, which meant this game had everything on the line.

A goal to Madrid just before halftime sealed a spot in the group stage for the first time ever. 

Hayley Raso started for City in the loss, while Alanna Kennedy remained on the bench.

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim v FC Rosengård 

After a disappointing 3-0 defeat in the last encounter between the two sides, Rosengård started shaky conceding only 7 minutes in. The side quickly bounced back to find the equaliser 10 minutes later.

However, a 3-3 all draw was not enough to see Rosengård through to the group stage.

The fixture ended 6-3 on aggregate, however, on a more positive note, Charli Grant made her UWCL debut, coming on in the 79th minute.

Teagan Micah played the full 90 minutes in goals, saving some clear chances. 

Rosengård will be looking to remain at the top of the table in Damallsvenskan season to secure a spot in next season's UWCL.