European pacesetters staying strong
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Having reported on qualification for UEFA Women’s EURO 2013 and the Volvo Winners Cup last week, our attention returns to club football this time around. In the run up to the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament 2012 in London, things are beginning to wind down in Europe’s domestic leagues.

Nevertheless, it was a good week for several of the continent’s top teams, as Tyreso cemented their place at the top of the Swedish league with another win, while reigning champions Arsenal kept their noses in front in England. Meanwhile in Norway, it’s now a two-horse race for the title. FIFA.com rounds up all the latest action from the women’s game.

Sweden: Tyreso lead the way
Tyreso FF were able to maintain their lead at the top of the Swedish Damallsvenskan thanks to a 5-1 thrashing of Pitea. Brazilian superstar Marta opened the scoring in the first half, with Caroline Seger, Veronica Boquete (2) and Elaine adding their names to the scoresheet after the break. Josefin Johansson netted Pitea’s consolation goal from the penalty spot.

Second placed LDB Malmo play their match against Linkoping on Tuesday and victory would see them draw level with Tyreso. No such luck for promoted side Vittsjo, who dropped three points off the pace after losing 3-1 in Kristianstad.

The top three: Tyreso FF (24 points), LDB Malmo, Vittsjo (both 21)

Norway: Top two streak ahead
The fight for the title in Norway’s Toppserien was reduced to two teams following third placed Arna-Bjornar’s 3-2 defeat against Kolbotn IL. They now trail LSK Kvinner in second by five points, this after top scorer Isabell Herlovsen returned to hit the only goal of the game in their victory over Sandviken.

Kvinner remain just one point behind leaders Stabaek, who overpowered Klepp 5-1. A commanding performance was rewarded with goals from Katrine Pedersen, Ingrid Bakke, Ada Hegerberg (2) and Melissa Wiik.

The top three: Stabaek FK (29), LSK Kvinner (28), Arna-Bjornar (23)

England: Arsenal extend their lead
Arsenal are proving tough to beat at present and maintained their unbeaten run after Matchday 7 in the FA Women’s Super League. A 4-2 victory over closest rivals Birmingham City enabled the Gunners to open up a five point lead at the top. Gemma Davison and Kim Little put Arsenal 2-0 up at half time, while Stephanie Houghton added another after the restart. Rachel Williams reduced the deficit for Birmingham, but Jennifer Beattie killed the game off with Arsenal’s fourth. Jodie Taylor netted Birmingham’s second late on.

"The win was the most important thing and to score four goals was obviously great,” Arsenal coach Laura Harvey told her club’s website. “but we're disappointed to have conceded two. Still, I thought over the 90 minutes we definitely deserved to get three points." Lincoln LFC moved up to third place with a 2-0 win over Chelsea.

The top three: Arsenal LFC (16), Birmingham City (11), Lincoln LFC (8)