A stunning header from Carli Lloyd gave Manchester City Women a 1-0 first leg victory against Denmark side Fortuna Hjorring in the Champions League quarter-final. The two-time FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year struck in the 36th minute to give her new team a slender lead in the tie.
Lloyd leapt to meet a crossfield ball from the left from Jane Ross to notch what proved to be the game’s winning goal to take an advantage to Manchester in next Thursday’s return leg.
Lloyd made her debut against Reading at the weekend and was also recently named in the USA squad for friendly matches against Russia next month.
As reported in The Guardian, the 34 year-old star has joined City on a short-term deal from Houston Dash to join City, the Women’s Super League champions under coach Nick Cushing, and will play in the FA Women’s Cup and Women’s Champions League.
Upon her arrival, Lloyd said:
“I’m always looking for different challenges. I always want to continue to get better and look for ways where I am going to be able to push my game. Coming here and being part of City is going to do that. It’s an unbelievable opportunity to be able to compete in the Spring Series, the FA Cup and most importantly, the Champions League. I wouldn’t have that opportunity if I didn’t come over here. I’m really looking forward to it – I want to continue to get better and I’m going to be playing with some real world-class players.”
The Blue wishes good luck to Carli and the team and congratulates her on what we hope will be the first of many goals for her in a blue shirt:)
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