Manchester City out of Women’s Champions League after Bronze’s strike
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  • Manchester City out of Women’s Champions League after Bronze’s strike

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    Manchester City’s hopes of claiming a first Women’s Champions League title were dashed by their former player as Lucy Bronze’s goal saw Lyon through to the final for the third consecutive year.

    A City player until last summer, Bronze scored the only goal in either leg of this semi-final with a delightful right-foot volley. With her pace, power and technique, Bronze epitomised the qualities...


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