Canada's Janine Beckie, Man City move on in Women's Champions League play

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FLORENCE, Italy — Canadian Janine Beckie and Manchester City advanced to the quarterfinals of the UEFA Women's Champions League with a 5-0 win Thursday at Fiorentina.

Beckie, who has won 70 caps for Canada, started and played 79 minutes before giving way to a defender. The English side advanced 8-0 on aggregate in the round-of-16 tie.

City joined five-time defending champion Lyon, Chelsea, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, FC Rosengard and Wolfsburg in the quarterfinals. That means Canadian internationals Kadeisha Buchanan (Lyon), Jessie Fleming (Chelsea) and Stephanie Labbe (Rosengard) have all moved on.

Paris Saint-German, whose roster includes Canadians Ashley Lawrence and Jordyn Huitema, meets Sparta Prague next Wednesday in the final round-of-16 match. PSG won the first leg 5-0.

The draw for the quarterfinals is Friday in Nyon, Switzerland.


This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 11, 2011

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