Shaw stars in big Man City win
After a successful Women’s World Cup qualifying campaign, national striker and captain Khadija Shaw continued her summer goalscoring form, leading her club Manchester City to a 6-0 win over Tomiris-Turan in their UEFA Women’s Champions League round one semi-final match yesterday in Madrid.
Shaw scored in the fourth and 21st minutes while the other scorers were Lauren Hemp (46th minute), Vicky Losada (82nd minute), new signing Deyna Castellanos (89th minute), and Kiera Walsh (92nd minute) as City began their European campaign on a winning note, giving their chances of progressing to the group stages of the competition a boost.
Shaw set the tone in the first five minutes as she rose to meet Hemp’s cross to give City an early lead. Seventeen minutes later, Shaw used her head again to double City’s advantage, this time from a Chloe Kelly cross. The second half saw City continue their dominance, with Hemp scoring a minute after the restart, and a late second-half goal surge from Losada, Castellanos, and Walsh secured victory for City.
Shaw is coming off a debut 2021-22 season with the Manchester club, scoring 16 goals in all competitions, which included nine league goals, as well as helping to win the Continental Cup and finishing third in the FA Women’s Super League. It has also been a busy summer internationally as she led the Reggae Girlz to back-to-back World Cup qualifications at the Concacaf Women’s Championship in Mexico last month, where she scored three goals and tied for most of the tournament with Canadians Jessie Fleming and Julia Grosso and American Alex Morgan.
Shaw reportedly drew interest from many-time French championships Paris Saint-German in May amid the departures of Georgia Stanway, Lucy Bronze, and Caroline Weir but is set to remain at the club for this season.
Meanwhile, national midfielder Kayla McCoy and her Scottish club Rangers secured round-one success after defeating Hungarian club Ferencvaros 3-1. However, fortune was not kind to national striker Trudi Carter and her Lithuanian club FC Gintra, suffering a first-round exit thanks to a 2-0 loss to Finnish Club Kups Kupio.
Shaw will face Real Madrid in the round-one final on Sunday as Man City look to continue their quest for the group stage. Real Madrid eliminated Man City in the qualifying round last season.