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This Week in Women's Football: March 25, 2021

This Week in Women's Football: UWCL quarterfinal first leg results, FA WSL Matchday 18, USWNT roster for April friendlies

March 25, 2021 By Juan Aguerrevere
The UEFA Women’s Champions League quarterfinal first leg results and second leg previews headline this week in women’s football. Also, learn about ATA Football’s two FA WSL free live streams of games including Chelsea and Manchester City, the USWNT 23-player roster that will face Sweden and France in April and ESPN FC’s top 10 women’s players around the globe.

UWCL quarterfinal first leg results & upcoming matches

The UEFA Women's Champions League quarterfinal first leg results are in after eight clubs played their respective games.

Barcelona 3-0 Manchester City

Manchester City suffered its worst-ever defeat in its UEFA Women's Champions League history, falling to Barcelona 3-0 at Brianteo Stadium in Monza, Italy. On the other hand, Barca Femeni remains undefeated in league and UWCL play, with 25 wins and a +114-goal differential.

The two will meet again on Wednesday, March 31, at 11 a.m. ET at Manchester City Academy Stadium to play their second leg.

Chelsea 2-1 VfL Wolfsburg

German powerhouse Wolfsburg fell to Chelsea 2-1 despite outshooting the Blues 22 shots to six. Emma Hayes' Chelsea only had three shots on goal and converted two in the second half via forwards Sam Kerr and ex She-Wolf Pernille Harder to secure the win. Hayes hailed goalkeeper Ann-Katrin Berger as the best goalkeeper in the world after a heroic performance that proved to be key in Chelsea's first-leg victory.

Wolfsburg and Chelsea will meet again at Ferenc Szusza Stadium in Budapest on Wednesday, March 31, at 8 a.m. ET to play their second leg.

Paris Saint-Germain 0-1 Olympique Lyonnais

Lyon asserted their dominance over PSG in UWCL play in Le Classique Feminine on Wednesday with a 1-0 away win at Parc des Princes. The game was as tight as anyone expected, but a controversial penalty call ended up separating the two French rivals. Lyon's designated penalty taker Wendie Renard converted from the penalty spot in the 86th minute to give her team the first leg away win.

PSG and Lyon will meet again on Wednesday, March 31, at 12:30 p.m. ET in Lyon to play their second leg.

Bayern Munich 3-0 Rosengard

Bayern dominated Swedish side Rosengard in the first leg of the quarterfinal tie. Goals from Linda Dallmann, Klara Buhl and Lineth Beerensteyn separated the two sides.

Rosengard will host Bayern Munich in Malmo on Thursday, April 1, at 1 p.m. ET for the second leg.

Broadcast information for each UWCL quarterfinal secon leg 

FA WSL Matchday 18 games to watch

ATA Football, the home of women's football, will live stream two FA Women's Super League Matchday 18 games for free on March 27 and 28. The two games feature league-leaders Chelsea and second-place Manchester City. The two are in a close race for the 2020/21 FA WSL title, with two points separating the pair and five games left to play. 

Manchester City will face a tricky Reading side that managed a one-all draw at home in November 2021. The game will take place at Manchester City Academy Stadium on Saturday, March 27, at 1:30 p.m. ET.

Chelsea will host Aston Villa at Kingsmeadow on Sunday, March 28, at 9:30 a.m. ET. 

USWNT 23-player roster to face Sweden and France in April

Vlatko Andonovski named his 23-player roster ahead of the U.S. women's national team trip to Europe in April that will take on Sweden in Stockholm and France in Le Havre.

The list is made up of 17 players who play in the National Women's Soccer League and six who play in European leagues. Twenty-one of the players were on the roster for the 2021 SheBelieves Cup tournament, which the USA won in February. Moreover, 18 players will be dressing up for each match.

Goalkeepers (3): Jane Campbell (Houston Dash; 5), Casey Murphy (North Carolina Courage; 0), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 67)

Defenders (8): Alana Cook (Paris Saint-Germain, FRA; 2/0), Abby Dahlkemper (Manchester City, ENG; 65/0), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars; 28/1), Crystal Dunn (Portland Thorns FC; 109/24), Kelley O'Hara (Washington Spirit; 134/2), Margaret Purce (Sky Blue FC; 6/1), Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns FC; 182/0), Emily Sonnett (Washington Spirit; 51/0)

Midfielders (6): Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 108/20), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 91/20), Rose Lavelle (Manchester City, ENG; 51/14), Catarina Macario (Olympique Lyonnais, FRA; 3/1), Kristie Mewis (Houston Dash; 21/4), Samantha Mewis (Manchester City, ENG; 70/21)

Forwards (6): Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC; 299/124), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 173/108), Christen Press (Manchester United, ENG; 142/60), Megan Rapinoe (OL Reign; 173/57), Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns FC; 3/0), Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage; 33/10)

ESPN FC Women's Rank: The 10 best players in the game right now

ESPN came out with a list of the top 150 women's footballers in the world. These were the top 10 players on the list. Do you agree?


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