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‘They’re just having unbelievable seasons’

Danielle Van de Donk and Vivianne Miedema each took a matchball home following Thursday’s 8-0 win over Slavia Prague.

Our Dutch duo both hit hat-tricks as we booked our place in the Women’s Champions League quarter-finals with a 13-2 aggregate win over the Czech side.

And Louise Quinn was quick to praise Van de Donk and Miedema’s influence after the second leg.

“They’re working hard for everyone and everyday in training, they’ve got the natural ability but they work so hard. We as a team work hard as well and we work hard to create the openings for them and they always produce. They’re quality.

“Everyone in the team has fantastic movement and they can open gaps which we know will be filled and then we can create space.

“It really is great to have those options and know you can give the ball to anyone in this team and they’re going to create something or just keep the ball and manage the game. It just shows that there is massive depth in the squad, from everywhere so everyone appreciates each other and the work we put in. 

“From our point of view it’s a perfect performance especially keeping the clean sheet, keeping them out and I think we were disappointed about conceding two goals in the first leg,“ Quinn added.

“For us it was just to manage the game at the same time anything goes, anything can happen and you know they have a lot of experience in the Champions League, I would say, more than us. For us it was just to manage it from the back and keep everything tidy, not conceding and just let the girls score the goals.”

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