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World's best women's player Carli Lloyd makes instant impact on Champions League debut

The playmaker has signed a short-term deal with Manchester City and showed her finishing prowess this evening.

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CARLI LLOYD IS the best player in the women’s game – claiming the Fifa honours in 2016 and in 2015.

She was outstanding as the United States Women’s National Team claimed the most recent Women’s World Cup in Canada. In the final, she made history and scored a hat-trick against Japan and inevitably walked away with the tournament’s Golden Ball award.

But earlier this year it was announced she was following in the footsteps of US team-mate Alex Morgan and swapping the domestic league for a sojourn to Europe.

While Morgan signed for French powerhouses Lyon, Lloyd elected to join Manchester City in a short-term deal.

She made her debut last Saturday in a 1-0 win over Reading but tonight saw her involved in the Uefa Champions League for the very first time as City took on Danish side Fortuna Hjorring in their quarter-final first-leg.

And, unsurprisingly, Lloyd made her mark – tucking away a header from close range to give her side the advantage heading into the reverse fixture.

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Interestingly, should City progress, they’ll face the winners of Wolfsburg v Lyon in the semi-finals so Lloyd and Morgan could come face-to-face with a Champions League final at stake.

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