Linfield Ladies: Valiant Blues fall short in Champions League

Captain Kirsty McGuinness impressed during Linfield's European campaign in Belgium

Linfield Ladies missed out on a place in the last 32 of the Women's Champions League after a 3-1 defeat by Anderlecht.

The Irish League champions were two down at the break but pulled one back through skipper Kirsty McGuinness.

The result means that the Blues finish their Group 8 campaign with three points from three games.

They will return to their league defence against Crusaders Strikers next Wednesday.

After falling to a 4-0 defeat by group favourites Lillestrom in their opening game, Phil Lewis' side bounced back in Belgium with a memorable win over Greek champions PAOK.

McGuiness' late penalty gave her side a 3-2 victory and ensured that Linfield remained in the hunt for progression to the knock-out rounds with one pool match remaining.

Anderlecht's win means that Lillestrom, quarter-finalists in last season's competition, also failed to qualify for the last 32.