LINFIELD LOSE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE OPENER

Linfield fell to a four-goal defeat to Norwegian champions LSK Kvinner in their opening UEFA Women's Champions League group game in Brussels.

LSK, from Lillestrøm, grabbed all four goals in a blistering 18-minute spell early in the first half.

Elise Thorsnes kicked the scoring off after breaking the offside trap on nine minutes before fellow Norwegian international Therese Sessy Åsland knocked a free-kick past Lauren Perry on 22 minutes.

Thorsnes made it 3-0 just a couple of minutes later rounding off a well worked move with Meryll Abrahamsen finding the net not long after that with a deflected effort in off an upright.

Linfield are next in action on Saturday when they face Greek side PAOK before taking on group hosts Anderlecht on Tuesday.

LSK: Fiskerstrand, Wold, Egenes, Gausdal, Hansen, Thorsnes, Dalen, Åsland, Abrahamsen, Sønstevold, Bachor subs Norstrøm (not used), Woldvik (replaced Wold 55), Ruud (not used), Brenn (not used), Dekkerhus (replaced Åsland 62), Authen (replaced Bachor 46), Haug (not used)

Linfield: Perry, McFrederick, Hutton, Howe, K. McGuinness, Burrows, Timoney, McKenna, Magee, C. McGuinness, McCarron subs McCleary (not used), Fitzsimmons (replaced Howe 78), Bassett (replaced C. McGuinness 75), O'Donnell (not used), Cameron (not used), Donnan (not used), Ashton-Jones (replaced Timoney 64)

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