Potsdam crowned again, Lyon poised
A thrilling season drew to a close in Germany with Turbine Potsdam made to work until the final day before being crowned Frauen Bundesliga queens for a fourth successive year. A fitting finale looms in France after Lyon and Juvisy again won, with the pair set to clash in next week’s final round. FIFA.com’s weekly wrap of women’s club football also takes a look at the latest from Norway and the USA.
Germany: Potsdam save best until last
Turbine Potsdam may have been pushed until the final day of the season in order to retain their crown, but the Berlin-based club claimed the title in style with a one-sided 8-0 victory over Lokomotive Leipzig. Potsdam held a one-point advantage over Wolfsburg going into Monday’s final round, but their fourth successive title - and sixth overall - was assured by half-time with the hosts racing to a 3-0 lead. Two of Potsdam’s international stars led the way with Japan’s Yuki Nagasato hitting a hat-trick, while Anonman scored twice as the Equatorial Guinea star claimed the league’s top goalscorer crown with 22 strikes. Potsdam’s win, which saw Leipzig relegated from the Frauen Bundesliga, ensured that second-placed Wolfsburg’s 1-1 draw at Essen-Schonebeck was inconsequential. A disappointing month for UEFA Women’s Champions League finalists Frankfurt ended on a high with a 5-3 win against Duisburg securing third place, a point clear of their opponents.
Top three: Turbine Potsdam (56 points), Wolfsburg (53), Frankfurt (46)
France: Elite pair set up showdown
The title race is set for a stunning denouement with champions Lyon holding a one-point margin over Juvisy following the penultimate round, with the pair to meet next Saturday on the final matchday. Lyon, who are looking to complete a unique treble after winning the UEFA Women’s Champions League and the French Cup earlier this month, were in irresistible form recording a 10-0 win against Vendenheim. Camille Abily, Wendie Renard and Eugenie Le Sommer all scored doubles as Lyon took their season goal tally to a remarkable 116 from 21 league matches. Juvisy, in contrast, needed goals at the tail end of each half before subduing struggling Soyaux with a 2-0 scoreline.
Top three: Lyon (77), Juvisy (76), Montpellier (71)
Norway: New leaders amid tight tussle
Stabaek returned to the top with a straight forward 2-0 win at struggling Amazon Grimstad, thanks to goals in each half from the league’s leading scorer, Ada Hegerberg, and Trine Ronning. LSK Kvinner were left to rue a host of near misses as they played out a scoreless draw against Klepp to lose their grip on top spot. A double from Amalie Eikeland helped Arna Bjornar to a comfortable 4-1 win in the Brann derby against Sandviken, leapfrogging their opponents into fourth in the process.
Top three: Stabaek (20), LSK Kvinner (19), Klepp, Arna Bjornar (both 17)
USA: Boston break away
Boston Breakers have made an early statement in the fledgling WPS Elite competition, seeing off two key rivals to maintain their 100 per cent record after four matches. A 2-1 win over New York Fury was followed up by a 3-2 victory over Western New York Flash, with Katie Schoepfer scoring in both matches to take her season tally to six, and an early lead at the top of the league’s goalscoring list. Chicago Red Stars moved up alongside Fury in second with a 2-0 victory against midwest rivals FC Indiana, Lauren Fowlkes and former USA midfielder Lori Chalupny scoring the goals.
Top three: Boston Breakers (12), New York Fury, Chicago Red Stars (both 6)
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