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Man City confident of reaching Champions League semi-finals

Manchester City Women dominated their quarter-final first leg in Denmark
Uefa Women’s Champions League quarter-final second leg
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Manchester City “expect to win” their Champions League quarter-final against Fortuna Hjorring after edging the first leg 1-0, says manager Nick Cushing.

The English League champions host the Danes in Thursday’s second leg.

City are making their debut in the competition and are bidding to become the first British side since Birmingham City in 2013-14 to reach the last four.

“At home, if we can do what we’ve done over the past 20 months, we’ll get to the semi-final,” said Cushing.

American midfielder Carli Lloyd, the Fifa world player of the year who signed for City on a short-term deal in February, scored the winner at Fortuna and Cushing is expecting the Danes “to come for us” on Thursday evening.

He added: “It is going to be an extremely difficult game. Fortuna have got nothing to lose.

“They have some exceptionally good players, but so have we. If we put in a 10-out-of-10 performance, with and without the ball, we’ll get through.”

City winger Nikita Parris echoed Cushing’s thoughts, telling BBC Sport: “We know Fortuna have got to come at us.

“So we have got to soak up some pressure but we have got to take our chances in front of goal. We are a confident team going into the game.”

Man City ‘expect to win’ quarter-final

Arsenal Ladies are the only English side to have ever won the European Cup, lifting the 2007 Uefa Women’s Cup, prior to the competition being rebranded as the Champions League.

City are aiming to reach their second semi-final in five days, after England international Parris’ late winner at Bristol City on Sunday saw them reach the last four of the FA Cup.

So far, in their first ever European campaign, City have overcome Russian side Zvezda 2005 and Danish league runners-up Brondby.

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