There were no shocks worthy of the name in the German Cup last sixteen, as the favourites all eased into the quarter-finals. Also in FIFA.com’s weekly review of women’s club football around the world, high-flying Olympique Lyon maintained their dominance in France, the Australian programme produced a raft of exciting games, and the lead changed hands in Italy.
Germany: Favourites avoid cup slip-ups
In the last sixteen of the German Women’s Cup, Bundesliga leaders VfL Wolfsburg provided further evidence of their current scintillating form with a thumping 8-1 triumph against fellow top-flight giants FCR Duisburg. Conny Pohlers and Martina Mueller struck a brace apiece, with Nadine Kessler, Alexandra Popp, Zsanett Jakabfi and Lina Magull also on target for the Wolverines. Cup holders Bayern Munich also hit the goal trail in a comfortable 4-0 win over second division Meppen.
Three-time cup winners Turbine Potsdam made much heavier weather of reaching the last eight, finally overcoming fellow Bundesliga outfit Bad Neuenahr thanks to the only goal of a tight match from Keelin Winters. USV Jena defeated Werder Bremen 4-1 and Freiburg won 1-0 away to Cologne.
In the all second division clash between TSG Hoffenheim and Lokomotive Leipzig, three-time FIFA World Player of the Year Birgit Prinz rolled back the years with a return to the limelight. The striker, who officially hung up her boots after the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011, is on the Hoffenheim books as a trainee sports psychologist. However, her decision to retain her registration as a player was justified as she fired a maiden goal for her new club to make the score 2-0 after 74 minutes. Hoffenheim ultimately prevailed by a 3-1 margin. The quarter-finals take place on 15 December.
France: Invincible Lyon march inexorably on
In Division 1 Feminin in France, Olympique Lyon continued their near-unchallenged domination of the domestic game. Going into the ninth round of fixtures, the champions had yet to drop a point, and they preserved their perfect record with a 1-0 success against fellow title contenders Paris Saint-Germain, albeit by the narrowest of margins. Coach Patrice Lair’s team have now gone a stunning 61 games without defeat, and it is hard to see them failing to claim a seventh domestic title. Elsewhere, Montpellier seized the opportunity to leapfrog Paris in the standings. Stephanie De Reviere, Charlotte Bilbault, Marie-Laure Delie and hat-trick heroine Hoda Lattaf scored the goals in a 6-0 romp against Vendenheim Alsace, as Montpellier maintained their push for a UEFA Women’s Champions League qualifying berth.
Top three: Olympique Lyon (36 points), Montpellier (31), Paris Saint-Germain (29)
Italy: Tavagnacco seize top spot
In the eighth round of matches in Italy, UPC Tavagnacco beat Grifo Perugia 7-0 to go top of the table. Coach Marco Rossi’s prolific team then consolidated their grip on first place with a 6-0 victory over Lazio, Paola Brumana contributing three goals to go with strikes by Elisa Camporese, Alice Parisi and Claudia Ciarlo. However, champions ASD Torres Calcio are only two points off Tavagnacco and have two games in hand. Torres also scored half a dozen without reply in disposing of Turin, courtesy of goals from Elisabetta Tona (3), Patrizia Panico, Sandy Iannella and Silvia Fuselli.
Top three: UPS Tavagnacco (23), ASD Torres Calcio (21), AFC Brescia (20)
Australia: Perth Glory maintain surge
Rosie Sutton was the star of the day as Perth Glory retained top spot in the Australian W-League. Despite steamy summer temperatures of 32 degrees Celsius, Perth beat Sydney 3-1 and cemented their position at the head of the standings. All three Glory goals came from Sutton, who opened the scoring with an 18th-minute header. Chloe Logarzo levelled just a minute later, but Sutton struck again on 76 and 85 minutes to settle the outcome. In the head-to-head for second place, Melbourne Victory leapfrogged Canberra United with a clear-cut 3-0 success. Jessica Fishlock, Jessica McDonald and Enza Barilla hit the target for Melbourne.
Top three: Perth Glory (12), Melbourne Victory (9) Canberra United (8)