Birmingham City Ladies brought UEFA Champions League football to Solihull Moors’ Autotech Stadium on Saturday 19 April in the first leg of the European competition’s semi-final.
Swedish side FC Tyreso were the visitors and the much fancied Swedes included five time FIFA World Player of the Year, Brazilian, Marta.
Brazilian former FIFA World Player of the Year, Marta
However after dominating the first half, the Swedish side couldn’t find a breakthrough and Blues rallied in the second half to create the better chances. The match ended in a 0-0 draw and Blues will take a valuable clean sheet back to Sweden for the second leg.
It was a very hard-fought, deserved draw. Keeping that clean sheet was vital to us, we really didn’t want to give away that away goal. In the last 30 minutes of the second half we’ve really grown into this and shown we are capable of going to Sweden now and getting an away goal.
Blues Ladies’ manager, David Parker
We’ve got to believe a little bit more.I don’t think we played to the best of our abilities today, which is quite scary. It’s a great result in terms of them not scoring, so every goal we get over there is worth two. Overall it’s a good result for us, but in ourselves we’ve got to believe a little bit more.
Blues player Karen Carney
A crowd of 1,580 packed into the Autotech Stadium and they will now be hoping that Blues can get a valuable away goal in the second leg and do enough to see them through to the Champions League final in Lisbon. Having beaten some of Europe’s best including Arsenal, to get this far its hoped that the team can get over that final hurdle and get to the final. The other semi-final features German sides FCC Turbine Potsdam and VFL Wolfsburg.