It was a mixed weekend for the leading clubs in FIFA.com’s weekly round-up of women’s club football. France’s elite passed their opening cup tests with flying colours, the status quo remained unchanged in Spain, while there was a rare shock for the Netherlands’ capital club as action resumed in the cold following the winter break. Meanwhile, there was far better news for the capital city club in Australia where, amid vastly different weather conditions, the season reached its denouement.
Australia’s W-League: Capital joy for United
Canberra United secured a maiden title with victory over Brisbane Roar in a fitting finale to the season. An action-packed and high-quality match saw the capital representatives win 3-2 to complete their 12-match schedule unbeaten under debutant Czech coach Jitka Klimkova. Canberra’s Michelle Heyman capped a remarkable campaign with a brace as the Brondby-bound striker took her season tally to 15 goals. Despite being on the losing side, Brisbane forward Tameka Butt created a slice of history by getting on the scoresheet, having done so in all four W-League championship deciders.
*Coupe de France Feminine: Elite in cruise control *
The focus turned away from the league at the weekend as top-flight clubs entered the 16th edition of the national cup at the last-32 stage. Three from the nation’s elite division fell, each to fellow Division 1 sides. Guingamp, Vendenheim and Yzeure Allier were toppled by Paris Saint-Germain, Henin-Beaumont and Lyon respectively. PSG needed a lone first-half strike from Kenza Dali to progress. League leaders Lyon had no such concerns cruising past their opponents with six unanswered goals as Camille Abily, Lotta Schelin and Eugenie Le Sommer all bagged doubles. Fellow heavyweights Juvisy also had little trouble as they won 7-0 at lower tier St Herblain.
*Netherlands’ Vrouwen Eredivisie: Cold start for leaders *The return to action following the mid-winter break proved ill-fated for Den Haag, who relinquished their hold on top spot after being held 1-1 at home by Heerenveen. The result meant FC Twente stayed in pole position after their 4-0 midweek victory over Zwolle, although the new leaders have played a game extra. While the two-horse race takes much of the attention, it was a meeting between the league’s bottom pair that grabbed headlines over the weekend. VVV Venlo twice came from behind to edge Zwolle in an epic nine-goal thriller.
*Top three: FC Twente (24), ADO Den Haag (23), FC Utrecht (13) *
*Spain’s Women's Superliga: Three-way charge continues *A trio of teams continue to dominate just past the halfway mark, with Barcelona, Athletic Bilbao and Espanyol all in winning form to maintain their comfortable break on the chasing pack. Leaders Barcelona eased past Sant Gabriel 3-0 with the Catalans having dropped just two points in their 19 matches to date. Three points from the summit are Bilbao, with Erika Delantera scoring twice in their 3-1 success at Valencia. Victors by the same scoreline were Espanyol, who saw off UD L'Estartit to remain four points off second.
Top three: Barcelona (55), Athletic Bilbao (52), Espanyol (48)