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Glasgow City lose 17-0 to FFC Turbine Potsdam on aggregate

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Anja Mittag and Chantal de Ridder both scored a brace, while Kristin Demann, substitute Stefanie Draws and Isabel Kerschowski added to City’s misery.

City started the game well, but within four minutes Potsdam latched onto a poor defensive clearance by City and Chantal de Ridder struck from 20 yards out to give the German side an early lead.

Within a minute of the goal, City were had a great chance to equalise when Jane Ross ran onto a through ball, but rather than hitting the ball first time she took a touch and that was enough for the Potsdam defence to get back and clear the danger.

Ten minutes in and Potsdam doubled their advantage as Anita Mittag beat Lee Alexander in the City goal. Potsdam should have been three goals to the good minutes later when Mittag latched onto a cross six yards out, but she could only fire over the bar much to the relief of City’s defence that was dealing not only with the threat from Potsdam but also their own nerves.

But Potsdam didn’t need to wait long for that third goal as Demann fired past Alexander on 20 minutes.

The German side continued to pile the pressure on City and with 38 minutes on the clock they were awarded a free kick just outside of the box. Kerschowski stepped up to take the resulting free kick firing it low towards goal, but Alexander did well to block it with the ball deflecting high and onto the bar before going out for a corner.

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Five minutes before the break and Potsdam had their fourth on the night. Chantal de Ridder profited from hesitation at the back between the City defence and keeper Alexander to pounce on the ball and fire home.

City had their second chance on goal when Leanne Ross ran down the right flank before sending in a tempting cross for team-mate Jane Ross, but the City number 10 fired over the bar.

Into the Second Half and Potsdam started where they left off with dominating play and pegging back City. But Eddie Wolecki Black’s side managed to deny Potsdam until minutes after the hour mark when they bagged their fifth of game, as Mittag picked the ball up in the box and with some time and space controlled it before dispatching it past Alexander.

It went from bad to worse for City as the German outfit added to their tally on 74 minutes, A cross ball from the left fell kindly to substitute Stefanie Draws in the box, firing past Alexander to make it six-nil to last year’s Champions League finalists.

With City minutes away from the full-time whistle, they succumbed to the Potsdam attack one final time as they made it a magnificent seven through Kerschowski heading home a corner past Alexander, who had conceded 17 goals over the two games.

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City could have scored a consolation near the full-time whistle when Emma Mitchell raced into the box, but she could not control the ball properly as Potsdam’s keeper Ann-Katrin Berger raced off her line to smother any chance of City getting a goal.

Even before the games against Potsdam kicked off it was seen as a David and Goliath encounter, this time round Goliath won out, but City will be back next season.

After the match Glasgow City FC head coach Eddie Wolecki Black said: “I think it [the game]was very patchy at times. I think the girls can be happy at times in how they played. A bit like last week, but we have been severely punished for errors no doubt about that.”

His opposite number Bernd Schröder praised Glasgow City, he commented: “We have got a lot of respect for Glasgow City, the way Glasgow City play, they try to play a passing game. Even in the Bundesliga, that doesn’t happen very often.”

After being on the end of a 17-0 defeat skipper Rachel Corse said: “Yeah it’s been difficult but I think as Eddie says they [Potsdam] are probably at the pinnacle of Women’s Football. They are a quality side and have a lot of experience certainly at this level of the competition.

“I think you have to want to play against the best players and that’s the benchmark for us and we will now go on work hard and hopefully we can build on this and our aim next season is to get to this stage and potentially further again. That will always be our focus to progress every year and I think we have done that so far and hopefully we can continue to do that.”

Glasgow City XI: Alexander, McSorley, Fernon, Dalziel, Gemmell, Love, L. Ross, Lindner, J. Ross, Woolley.

City subs: Williamson, Mitchell, Paterson, McDonald, Murray, Evans, Barnes.

FFC Turbine Potsdam XI: Berger, Demann, Peter, Kerschowski, de Ridder, Hanebeck, Zietz, Wesely, Goransson, Kemme, Mittag.

Potsdam subs: Naeher, Anonma, Cramer, Odebrecht, Nagasato, Schmidt, Draws.

Referee: Cristina Dorcioman (ROU)

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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