ZFK Minsk of Belarus scored five within the first twenty-five minutes as they proved too strong for Birkirkara, defeating them 8-0 in the first match from Group 6 of the UEFA Women’s Champions League at the Stadion ŽŠD in Ljubljana on Tuesday.
Anna Pilipenko scored three within the first fifteen minutes with goals on the 8th, on the 11th and the 15th. Anastasia Linnik made it 4-0 and Tamila Khimich converted a penalty on the 25th minute with Yuliya Duben converting another penalty four minutes from the end of the first half. Khimich added another on the 69th minute with substitute Liana Miroshnichenko scoring the eighth goal three minutes from time.
On Friday, Birkirkara face Swiss side FC Zurich Frauen who beat hosts ZNK Olipija Ljubljana in another match on Tuesday.
MINSK Ekaterina Kovalchuk, Polina Beshten (46′ Ernestina Abambila), Yulia Borisenko (46′ Yulia Slesarchik), Anna Kozyupa, Anastasia Linnik, Yuliya Duben, Tamila Khimich, Faustina Ampah, Lyubov Shmatko (68′ Liana Miroshnichenko), Alvine Njolle, Anna Pilipenko.
B’KARA Janice Xuereb, Gabriella Zahra, Ann-Marie Said, Kimberly Parnis, Stefania Farrugia, Mariah Sciberras (16′ Sonia Schembri), Tracy Teuma, Alishia Sultana, Sarah Urpani (81′ Samantha Zarb), Yasmeen Vella, Kelly Pace (9′ Michela Felice).
Referee: Elvira Nurmustafina (KAZ)