Confirmed: 8 Aussies to feature in Champions League group stage

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Clare Hunt, Hayley Raso, Larissa Crummer, Aivi Luik, Ella Mastrantonio and Sarah Hunter will play in the UEFA Women’s Champions League group phase after their team’s qualified on Thursday (AEDT).

The Australian sextet will now join Matildas star’s Sam Kerr (Chelsea) and Ellie Carpenter (Lyon) in this season’s group phase, with the draw set to take place on Friday.

Women’s Super League champions Chelsea and Lyon had already been assured of their place, along with holders Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

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Former Western Sydney Wanderers star Hunt started for Paris Saint-Germain, who were 3-1 winners at home to Women’s Super League outfit Manchester United and 4-2 on aggregate.

The Matildas centre-back, who made her PSG debut against the same opposition last week, was at the heart of defence as the two-time Champions League finalists proved too strong for United in the French capital.

Another Matilda – Raso – came off the bench in Real Madrid’s 3-0 triumph away to Valerenga.

An off-season signing from Manchester City, Raso played the final half an hour as the Spanish giants sealed a 5-1 aggregate win.

Ex-Brisbane Roar star Crummer played the entire match for SK Brann, who saw off Glasgow City 2-0.

The home win meant Brann were 5-0 victors across the two qualifying legs.

Aivi Luik came off the bench as Hacken overturned a second-leg deficit against FC Twente to prevail 2-1 on the night and 4-3 on aggregate.

Former Perth Glory midfielder Mastrantonio was among the substitutes as St Polten lost 1-0 to Valur but still progressed 4-1 on aggregate, while Hunter‘s Paris FC upstaged Wolfsburg 2-0 and 5-3 on aggregate.

UEFA Women’s Champions League group contenders

Pot 1 (direct entrants): Barcelona (ESP, holders), Lyon (FRA), Bayern Munich (GER), Chelsea (ENG)

Pot 2: Paris Saint-Germain (FRA), Slavia Prague (CZE), Real Madrid (ESP), Rosengard (SWE)

Pot 3: St. Polten (AUT), Benfica (POR), Hacken (SWE), Roma (ITA)

Pot 4: Ajax (NED), Paris FC (FRA), Eintracht Frankfurt (GER), Brann (NOR)