UEFA Women’s Champions League Round of 32 Draw
The draw for the Round of 32 of the 2016-17 UEFA Women’s Champions League was carried out on the 1st September, and is below:
Sturm Graz (Austria) v FC Zürich (Switzerland)
Breiðablik (Iceland) v FC Rosengård (Sweden)
LSK Kvinner (Norway) v Paris-Saint Germain (France)
Avaldsnes (Norway) v Lyon (France)
Eskilstuna United (Sweden) v Glasgow City (Scotland)
SFK 2000 Sarajevo (Bosnia) v Rossiyanka (Russia)
Chelsea (England) v Wolfsburg (Germany)
Twente (Netherlands) v Sparta Praha (Czech Republic)
Apollon Ladies (Cyprus) v Slavia Praha (Czech Republic)
Athletic Club (Spain) v Fortuna Hjørring (Denmark)
FC Minsk (Belarus) v Barcelona (Spain)
Medyk Konin (Poland) v Brescia (Italy)
Manchester City (England) v Zvezda-2005 (Russia)
BIIK-Kazygurt (Kazakhstan) v Verona (Italy)
Hibernian (Scotland) v FC Bayern München (Germany)
St. Pölten (Austria) v Brøndby (Denmark)
First Leg: 5/6 October. Second Leg: 12/13 October
Tough Challenge For Scottish Sides
Whilst Glasgow City was one of the 16 seeded teams, they been given one of the toughest draws they possibly could have been given.
Eskilstuna United are making their Champions League debut, having finished runners-up in the 2015 Damallsvenskan – just one point behind the champions FC Rosengård. This season, they sit in third place, fifteen points behind top spot. Their top scorer in the league is Mimmi Larsson who has scored six goals in thirteen matches.
Glasgow City has developed a great European pedigree over the recent years, and it is down to their success that Scotland now has two spots. Their highlight came in the 2014-15 UEFA Women’s Champions League where they reached the quarter-finals where they were knocked out by PSG. This is still the furthest a Scottish side has gone.
Hibernian on the other hand, face an even tougher challenge. Being unseeded, they were always going to have a difficult draw in what will be their Round of 32 debut. FC Bayern München has won the past two Frauen-Bundesliga – the 2014-15 success saw them win the title without losing a single game. Whilst they lost one game in the 2015-16 season (against Frankfurt), they still won the title comfortably by ten points.
Their top scorer in the league last season was Vivianne Miedema who scored 14 goals. Bayern’s squad includes Scottish international and ex-Glasgow City forward Lisa Evans.
This will be Bayern’s third Champions League season. Their first was in 2009-10 where they won their Qualifying Group, which included Glasgow City, and they broke two records: most goals scored in the group stage (32) and the best goal difference (+30). They were knocked out in the Round of 16, being knocked out in extra-time by French side Montpellier. Last season, they qualified directly to the Round of 32 where they were eliminated by Twente on away goals.
Hibernian has already had their best Champions League campaign to date. In their previous three tournaments (2004-05, 2006-07, 2007-08) they were knocked out in the Qualifying Round.