Brondby IF v Everton Ladies
Everton Ladies came from a goal behind to beat Brondby IF 4-1 in the first leg of their UEFA Women's Champions League last 16 tie on Wednesday.
Second-half strikes from Toni Duggan, Fara Williams and a brace from Brooke Chaplen secured a healthy advantage ahead of the return leg on Merseyside next week - with Chaplen increasing her goal record to five goals in just two outings.
It didn't start brightly for Everton as they went a goal down just three minutes into the tie - Brondby's Camilla Kur Larsen slotting past Rachel Brown from 12 yards out.
The goal didn't deter the Blues though and their confidence increased throughout the half - Williams, Jill Scott and Natasha Dowie all going close, but the deficit remained at the break.
Everton's turn in fortune came 10 minutes into the second period when the visitors were rewarded a penalty for hand ball - England midfielder Williams stepped up and struck calmly past the keeper's right to draw level.
Mo Marley's side impressive comeback was ignited by Duggan on 79 minutes. A neat display of one-touch passing led the striker to latch on to Dowie's cross and slide the ball home to make it 2-1.
Chaplen continued her impressive run of form as she hit the net with venom at the near post for the Blues' third just two minutes later.
Shell-shocked by Everton's impressive response, Brondby's confidence dwindled and Chaplen netted her second five minutes from time - fighting off a fierce challenge and toe-poking home Everton's fourth.
Ready to return home with a comfortable advantage ahead of next Thursday's second leg, assistant manager Andy Spence says it would be wrong to write-off the Danes at the half-way stage.
"It was a good response to going a goal down," Spence told evertonfc.com. "The penalty got use back in the game but it was a 10-minute spell which won us the game and made it even more comfortable in the end.
"We have to give Brondby credit - right through the first half they showed quality so we've got to be on our guard when they come to England.
"They have some quality players and Rachel Brown was kept busy at times and had to make some good saves."
The Blues face Brondby in the second leg on Thursday 11 November at the Halton Stadium in Widnes, kick-off 7pm.
Tickets are available on the day and are priced at just £2 for adults and £1 for juniors.