Fruitful European rehearsals as leagues return
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After a short break, all the major European leagues were back in action this weekend. In Germany, FFC Frankfurt moved to the top of the table after a convincing victory, while VfL Wolfsburg and Turbine Potsdam each go into the last 16 of the UEFA Women’s Champions League on the back of a win. In France, Olympique Lyon struggled to a narrow victory, while the league situation remains unchanged in Denmark. FIFA.com brings you the latest from across the leagues.

Germany: Successful dress rehearsals
Wolfsburg and Potsdam enjoyed the perfect preparation for their Champions League Round of 16 matches. In the seventh round of Bundesliga matches, the Wölfinnen defeated Bayer Leverkusen, while the Torbienen emerged victorious with a 2-1 win against SC Freiburg. Defending European champions Wolfsburg now face an encounter with Malmo, with Potsdam set to play Lyon.

Frankfurt now lead the German league after a resounding 12-0 win over bottom-of-the-table VfL Sindelfingen, with goals from Kozue Ando (2), Kerstin Garefrekes, Celia Sasic (5), Melanie Behringer, Dzsenifer Marozsan, Ana Maria Crnogorcevic and an own goal from Paula Vorbeck. Frankfurt join Potsdam on 17 points but boast a better goal difference. Meanwhile, Bayern Munich held on to third place thanks to a clear 5-0 victory over USV Jena, with Sarah Hagen scoring a hat-trick and Amber Brooks and Clara Schone also adding their names to the scoresheet.

Top three: FFC Frankfurt (17 points), Turbine Potsdam (17), Bayern Munich (16)

France: Marginal victory for Lyon

High-scoring French league leaders Lyon struggled against second-from-bottom Yzeure Allier ahead of their encounter with Potsdam. The star-studded team, coached by Patrice Lair, were only able to break Yzeure’s impenetrable defence in the final 15 minutes of the match, when Wendie Renard scored with a header to secure Lyon’s eighth win in eight games. Second-placed Paris Saint-Germain had considerably less trouble, defeating AS Saint-Etienne 5-0 as three goals from German international Linda Bresonik guided the team to victory. Juvisy, meanwhile, posted a 2-1 win against Montpellier HSC.

Top three: Olympique Lyon (32), Paris Saint Germain (29), Juvisy FCF (26)

New Zealand: Northern storm to the top of the table
Two-time and reigning champions Northern Football now lead the ASB Women’s League thanks to a 2-1 victory against Capital. Kate Seatter put hosts Northern ahead after just five minutes, Caitlin Campbell netted the equaliser after half-time, before Katie Rood hit the winner in the closing stages of the match. Meanwhile, Mainland Pride also claimed an important win, moving up to second place after defeating Auckland Football 2-1. The result preserves Mainland’s record as the only unbeaten team in the league.

Top three: Northern Football (9), Mainland Pride (8), Capital Football (7)

Denmark: Fortuna Hjoring remain unbeaten
In Denmark’s 3F Ligaen, the league situation remains much the same. Fortuna Hjoring continue to pull away from their rivals and now hold a commanding position at the top of the table after dispatching Ballerup-Skovlunde 7-0, taking their tally to 11 wins and one draw this season. Meanwhile, reigning champions Brondby have to be content with lying in wait in second place. Coach Peer Lisdorff’s side, who have played one game fewer than Fortuna Hjoring, defeated B93/HIK/Skjold 5-1 to further cement their position.

Top three: Fortuna Hjoring (34), Bröndby IF (26), Odense BK (16)