FORMER Rothesay Academy pupil Jane Ross and her Glasgow City team-mates came crashing down to earth with a bump on Wednesday night after a 10-0 thrashing by Turbine Potsdam effectively ended their UEFA Women’s Champions’ League campaign.
The Scottish Women’s Premier League champions went into the first leg of their last-16 tie in Germany as massive outsiders – bookmakers had their opponents at 20-1 on to win – but even so, the scale of the defeat came as a crushing blow to the Scots.
The visitors got off to the worst possible start with only 80 seconds on the clock when Genoveva Anonma latched on to a cross by Bianca Schmidt and sent a looping shot over keeper Lee Alexander and into the net.
Schmidt added a second on 15 minutes, and though Ross herself came within inches of pulling a goal back three minutes later – only being denied when Potsdam captain Jennifer Zietz flicked a Lisa Evans cross away from her toes – Anya Mittag made it 3-0 with a calm finish after a through ball split the Glasgow defence.
The Scots made it to half-time without losing any further goals, but conceded a fourth – Anonma’s second – within two minutes of the restart, and the German side, widely regarded as one of the world’s best, went on to add six more before the final whistle, with Mittag taking her own tally to four, Japanese World Cup winner Yuki Nagasato adding two of her own and Chantal de Ridder and an Amy McDonald own goal completing the scoring.
Ross was replaced by Katharina Lindtner for the final 15 minutes of the game.
The second leg takes place at Petershill Park in Glasgow next Thursday, November 10, with a 6.05pm kick-off.