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Women’s Football Man City Women could face Real in Champions League group stage qualifying quest

MANCHESTER CITY could face Real Madrid in their quest to qualify for the group stage of the Women’s Champions League.

The draw for the 2022-23 round one stage, which includes a league path and champions path section, took place in Nyon today.

Man City, Glasgow City, Shelbourne, Swansea City and Rangers were among the 58 sides who discovered their initial opponents on the road to trying to reach the 16-team group stage later this year in October.

After a third-place finish in the Women’s Super League last season, Gareth Taylor’s Man City have entered Europe’s elite competition in the round one league path stage where they are in a four-team group that will be played in a mini-tournament format.

City will face Kazakhstan’s Tomiris Turan in Group Four of the round one semi-final phase on Thursday August 18 and if they are successful, they will face the winner of Real Madrid versus Sturm Graz on Sunday August 21 to progress into the round two section.

All fixtures will occur at the same location with the venue and kick-off times to be confirmed in due course.

Scotland’s Glasgow City are also in the league path category and will take on Roma in the semi-final stage of Group One. If they can progress, they will face Paris or Servette in their efforts to reach round two.

The other qualifying route is the champions path where Shelbourne, Swansea and Rangers are all included.

Irish outfit Shelbourne will face Pomurje Beltinci in Group One with victory over the Slovenian team set to book a meeting with Valur or Hayasa to decide who can make the round two stage.

Swansea and Rangers have both been drawn in Group Two. Welsh side Swansea will face PAOK and if they can get the better of the Greek outfit, they could take on Rangers for a place in round two after the Scottish team were pitted against Ferencvaros in the round one semi-final.

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