Women’s Champions League: Campbell injury mars Manchester City cruise

Manchester City advanced into the Women’s Champions League quarter-finals as they beat LSK Kvinner 2-1 at the Academy Stadium and 7-1 on aggregate.

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The triumph was marred by a serious-looking injury sustained by Megan Campbell which led to the match being stopped for several minutes early in the second half.
The City defender injured her right leg in innocuous-looking circumstances and was treated on the field for a number of minutes before being carried off on a stretcher, appearing in considerable pain.
City’s 5-0 first-leg victory in Norway a week earlier meant the last-16 tie seemed as good as over before the game started, but LSK showed they were still prepared to fight on Thursday as Marte Berget’s 17th-minute goal put them 1-0 up on the night.
That was a rare attacking moment for the visitors in a first half that saw City fail to take a host of chances, with visiting goalkeeper Cecilie Fiskerstrand denying the likes of Jill Scott, Steph Houghton and Demi Stokes.
Nikita Parris headed a good chance wide and Izzy Christiansen had an effort cleared off the line.
Christiansen then scored in the opening minute of the second half, sweeping home a shot after being set up by Parris.
Parris subsequently got the hosts’ second of the night in the 73rd minute with a strike teed up by Melissa Lawley, who had come on for Campbell, as City maintained their 100 per cent start to the season and joined Chelsea in the last eight.

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