There was no shortage of drama in Europe’s women’s leagues at the weekend, a good deal of it generated in Sweden, where Tyreso FF snatched the title from a Malmo side hoping to win a third straight championship. New champions were also crowned in Norway, where LSK Kvinner sealed the deal with one game still to go, while the top three in Germany and France all won.
FIFA.com rounds up the latest news from all four leagues.
Sweden: Last-gasp Tyreso foil Malmo hat-trick
The final act of the 2012 Damallsvenskan could hardly have been more thrilling. Leaders by three points going into the final round of games, LdB FC Malmo needed just a draw at home to second-placed Tyreso FF to land the championship for the third time in a row. Though Germany star Anja Mittag missed a first-half penalty for the hosts, the title seemed to be heading their way as the game entered the final ten minutes with the score tied at 0-0. With eight minutes remaining, however, Sweden international Madelaine Edlund popped up to score the only goal and secure Tyreso’s maiden championship on goal difference. Down at the other end of the table AIK Solna and Djurgardens IF were both relegated to the second division.
Final standings: Tyreso FF (55 points), LdB Malmo (55), Linkopings FC (39)
Germany: Leading trio all win
There were no changes at the top of the Bundesliga on Matchday 8, with the front three all winning. Leaders FFC Frankfurt eased to a 3-1 victory over FCR 2001 Duisburg to stay a single point clear of defending champions Turbine Potsdam. Bernd Schroder’s title holders tuned up for their UEFA Women’s Champions League Round-of-16 tie with Arsenal by thumping SGS Essen 5-1. Third-placed VfL Wolfsburg were in even better form as they crushed Bayer Leverkusen 7-0, three of the goals coming from Martina Muller, two from Alexandra Popp, and Zsanett Jakabfi and Lena Goessling also on target for the girls from Lower Saxony.
Top three: FFC Frankfurt (19 points), Turbine Potsdam (18), VfL Wolfsburg (16)
Norway: LSK Kvinner take the title
Isabell Herlovsen was the star of the show as LSK Kvinner FK clinched their first Norwegian title on the penultimate day of the season, scoring all four of her side’s goals as they brushed aside IL Sandviken 4-0. Down at the bottom, meanwhile, Kattem IL lost their fight against relegation. Five points adrift of safety with just one game remaining, they will join the still point-less FL Fart in the second tier next season.
Top three: LSK Kvinner (53 points), Stabaek FK (47), Roa IL (46)
France: As you were
Seven wins out of seven, 46 goals scored and none conceded: that is the amazing start Olympique Lyonnais have made to the French league season. The pacesetters’ underlined their dominance of the domestic scene with a 3-0 win at AS Saint-Etienne on Sunday, with Elise Bussaglia opening the scoring and Ami Otaki and Lara Dickenmann also getting on the scoresheet. Ludivine Diguelman kept Montpellier HSC in touch, just two points behind the leaders, by scoring the only goal of their game with Yzeure Allier Auvergne, while Paris Saint-Germain, buoyed by the presence of their Germany internationals Linda Bresonik and Annike Krahn, remained a further two points back after thumping Rodez Aveyron 5-0.
Top three: Olympique Lyonnais (28 points), Montpellier HSC (26), Paris Saint-Germain (24)