The chances of an all-German final in this season's UEFA Women's Champions League remain high after Turbine Potsdam were joined by 1. FFC Frankfurt in the last four. Both clubs are now determined to reach the decider, which is to be held at Munich's historic Olympiastadion on 17 May.
The Torbienen (Goal-bees) did however suffer a domestic setback as defeat to Essen-Schonebeck shrunk their lead over Frankfurt and Wolfsburg at the top of the Women's Bundesliga. Meanwhile in Switzerland the championship race entered its decisive phase and Sassari Torres continued their march towards the title in Italy.
FIFA.com rounds up the latest action from around the continent.
UEFA Women's Champions League: Frankfurt and Potsdam into the semis
An all-German affair in this season's UEFA Women's Champions League is becoming increasingly likely after Turbine Potsdam secured their place in the semis with a 5-0 aggregate victory over Russian champions FC Rossiyanka.
The reigning Women's Bundesliga titleholders will take on old foes Olympique Lyon in the last four having faced the French side in each of the last two finals. For their part, Lyon ensured their fifth consecutive semi with two 4-0 wins (8-0 aggregate) against Denmark's Brondby IF.
The second German club still in with a chance of reaching the final are 1. FFC Frankfurt, who overcame a 1-0 first-leg deficit to knock out Swedish champions Malmo in the quarters. A 3-0 win in the return leg ensured Sven Kahlert's charges swept into the last four, where they will face Arsenal, who beat Goteborg FC 3-2 on aggregate in their last-eight encounter.
Germany: Setbacks for the top two
Having led the way for the majority of the campaign, the top two in Germany's Women's Bundesliga have begun to stutter in recent weeks. An Isabelle Wolf strike ensured league leaders Turbine Potsdam fell to a 1-0 defeat at SG Essen-Schonebeck, while second-placed FCR 2001 Duisburg suffered a 2-1 loss against VfL Wolfsburg. 1. FFC Frankfurt were therefore able to close the gap in third with a 3-1 triumph over SC Bad Neuenahr and, with just four points separating the top four, fans are braced for an exhilarating title run-in.
FF USV Jena's struggle against the drop continued with 3-1 loss at home to Bayern Munich. The eastern German outfit are now just six points above the drop zone.
Top three: Turbine Potsdam (38 points), FCR 2001 Duisburg (36), FFC Frankfurt (34), VfL Wolfsburg (34)
Switzerland: Title race enters final round
In Switzerland, the Nationalliga A season is split into two parts: the qualification round and the final round. At the end of the former (consisting of 18 matchdays), the top eight progress to the latter to compete for the title, with their total number of points halved and rounded up where necessary. Meanwhile the remaining two teams take on the top two sides from the Nationalliga B, playing a total of six matches to decide who will be promoted and who will face the drop.
A goalless draw in the derby against FC Zurich on the final matchday enabled Grasshopper Club Zurich to secure eighth spot and more importantly a place in the final round. The Hoppers profited from SC Kriens' 4-1 victory over SC Schwyz, who join bottom club FC Schlieren in the relegation play-offs along with promotion hopefuls Rapid Lugano and FC Thun Berner Oberland from the second tier.
FC Zurich begin the final round with a five-point advantage over second-placed SC Kriens at the top. Inka Grings, Sonja Fuss and Co now have seven matches to ensure the title returns to the banks of the Limmat.
Top three (after 18 matches): FC Zurich (50), SC Kriens (40), FC Basel (37)
Italy: Sassari Torres still on course
Sassari Torres showed they are not willing to give up top spot in Italy without a fight after beating third-placed ACF Brescia 3-1 to maintain their one-point advantage at the summit - the goals coming courtesy of Patrizia Panico (2), Silvia Fuselli and Raffaella Manieri. ASD Bardolino are now Sassari's number one challengers after a 1-0 victory against ASD Riviera di Romagna took them into second.
Little has changed at the other end of table, where GS Roma CF suffered their 14th defeat in 19 games to leave them five points adrift at the bottom of the standings.
Top three: Sassari Torres (50), Bardolino Verona (49), ACF Brescia (47)