Tense title duels and cup success
While FC Zurich secured the first trophy of the season in Switzerland, the Spanish title contest has developed into a two-horse race between Barcelona and Bilbao. Turbine Potsdam and VfL Wolfsburg are also vying for top spot in Germany, while Olympique Lyon warmed up for their upcoming UEFA Women’s Champions League final with an eight-goal demolition of Yzeure Auvergne.
FIFA.com looks back on the week’s action from the top women’s leagues from around the continent.
Switzerland: Grings secures Zurich cup glory
Not content with dominating this season's Swiss Nationalliga A, where they remain the team to beat in the Final Round, FC Zurich also reigned supreme in the Swiss Cup. Dorjee Tsawa’s side ran out 2-1 winners against Kriens, also their closest competitors for the league title, to secure their first trophy of the current campaign. Germany international Inka Grings proved to be the matchwinner for FCZ, netting shortly before the break and again in extra time after Nadja Hegglin had struck an added-time equaliser for Kriens.
Germany: Two fighting for the title
Four became two in the race for the Women’s Bundesliga title as 1. FFC Frankfurt and FCR 2001 Duisburg dropped out of the running on matchday 20. Just a week before their German Cup final against Bayern Munich, Frankfurt lost their crunch match at Potsdam 3-1, with Equatoguinean international Genoveva Anonman hitting a hat-trick for the hosts. Turbine are now an unassailable seven points ahead of Frankfurt with just two games to go.
VfL Wolfsburg do however remain hot on the heels of the Torbienen (Goal-bees) after winning their match against SC Freiburg 3-0 to pull clear in second. Meanwhile third-place Duisburg lost 2-0 against Bayern, bringing an end to their outside hopes of the title.
The top three: Turbine Potsdam (50 points), VfL Wolfsburg (49), FCR 2001 Duisburg (45)
France: Lyon in the mood for goals
Olympique Lyon stocked up on confidence ahead of their UEFA Women’s Champions League final against 1. FFC Frankfurt, following up an 8-0 rout of FF Yzeure Auvergne in the rearranged midweek fixture with a 6-0 victory against ASJ Soyaux on Sunday. Elodie Thomis (2), Eugenie Le Sommer (2), Corine Franco and Amandine Henry were all on target for the defending champions, who have now scored a staggering 103 goals this season and conceded only three. Juvisy FCF remain three points clear at the top of the Division 1 Feminin after their 3-1 win against FF Yzeure, but second-placed Lyon have still a game in hand.
The top three: Juvisy FCF (73), Olympique Lyon (70), Montpellier HSC (68)
Spain: Athletic Bilbao cut the deficit
In Spain the Superliga de Futbol Feminino entered its home stretch and, though Barcelona still lead the way with just three games to go, Athletic Bilbao remain in hot pursuit. The two title contenders went head to head on Matchday 31, with Bilbao emerging 3-1 victors to close the gap at the top to just three points. Goals from Gurutze Fernandez Callejo ‘Guru’, Nekane Diez and an Ana Maria Escribano Lopez ‘Ani’ own-goal ensured the Basque side remain in contention with three games left.
The top three: FC Barcelona (85), Athletic Bilbao (82), Espanyol Barcelona (72)
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