Matildas Abroad Review: Lyon and BK Häcken secure win

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 and BK Häcken both secured wins in their opening UWCL fixture early this morning, a win away from home for both teams will be crucial going into the second leg. 

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Levante UD v Lyon

After being eliminated in last season's quarter finals the record-breaking five successive UWCL winners were looking to kick their campaign off with a win.

Away from home, Lyon defeated Spanish side Levante UD 2-1. The game looked to remain at a 0-0 deadlock, however goals in the 80th and 84th minute would secure their Round 2 win.

Ellie Carpenter started the game for the former champions, coming off in the 78th minute. 

Ellie Carpenter in Lyon's 2-1 UWCL win. (Source: @OLfeminin Twitter)
Ellie Carpenter in Lyon's 2-1 UWCL win. (Source: @OLfeminin Twitter)

Levante UD was able to claw a goal back in the 86th minute through Giovanna Crivelari. However, a second yellow card to defender Selma Bacha, which will see her suspended for the next UWCL game, will prove difficult for Lyon in the second leg. 

Lyon vs Levante UD
Date: Thursday, September 9
Kick-off: 2:00 am AEST

Vålerenga v BK Häcken

The Swedish 2020 Damallsvenskan Champions, BK Häcken were looking to improve on their Round of 32 appearance when they take on the Norwegian side Vålerenga in Round 2.

Häcken would walk away victorious in a 3-1 showing, Filippa Angeldahl was at the double going into the half time break. 

With Swedish star Stina Blackstenius finding her side's third of the night. 

Dylan Holmes remained on the bench in the win, looking to make her debut in the UWCL in the second leg fixture.

BK Häcken vs Vålerenga
Date: Thursday, September 9
Kick-off: 3:00 am AEST
Live on: Wnited