Following a short international break for the Algarve and Cyprus Cups earlier in the month, the action resumed across Europe's top women's leagues last weekend with Turbine Potsdam returning to form at the top of the Frauen Bundesliga and closest competitors Duisburg and Frankfurt also racking up important points. In Italy the title race has developed into a three-way tussle, while Barcelona continue to dominate proceedings in Spain.
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* Germany: Trio lead the way *After two successive draws, reigning champions and current league leaders Turbine Potsdam returned to winning ways with a 2-0 success over SC Freiburg. Top scorer Genoveva Anonman struck in the 12th minute to take her tally up to 16 for the season, with Patricia Hanebeck adding the second.
Second-placed FCR Duisburg travelled to face Bayer Leverkusen and struggled to find a breakthrough until Mandy Islacker netted a late winner. "Of course it was a bit lucky to score at the end, but we earned our luck," said coach Marco Ketelaer. "We had six or seven chances to their one. Obviously the team was lacking a bit of freshness due to the recent internationals, but the commitment was definitely there. Credit to the team for not giving up and earning their reward." Another victory over 1. FC Lok Leipzig on Wednesday would take Duisburg level with Potsdam at the top.
Also in Germany, 1. FFC Frankfurt celebrated their third win in a row as goals from Kerstin Garefrekes and Dzenifer Maroszan earned them a 2-0 victory over USV Jena.
The top three: Turbine Potsdam (35), FCR Duisburg (32), 1. FFC Frankfurt (31)
Switzerland: Zurich into the semis
There may have been no Nationalliga A action over the weekend, but the Swiss Women's Cup continued with FC Zurich thrashing FC Schlieren 13-0 to reach the last four. Barla Deplazes, Fabienne Humm and Selina Zumbuhl all netted hat-tricks in the astonishing win, which takes Dorjee Tsawa's team through to face FC Basel, who overcame FC Gossau 3-0 in the semi-finals.
FC Thun were the only second-tier outfit to make it into the penultimate round. The Bern-based club beat local rivals BSC Young Boys Women 2-1 and can now look forward to taking on SC Kriens, who trounced FC Yverdon Feminin 6-1, in the last four.
Semi-final fixtures (9 April 2012):
FC Zurich Women - FC Basel
FC Thun Berner Oberland - SC Kriens
Italy: Three in contention
The fight for the title in Italy has developed into an intriguing three-way battle between Brescia, Bardolino Verona and Sassari Torres, with the latter once again matching their lofty ambitions with a top performance last weekend. Salvatore Arca's side hammered Lazio 11-0, with five goals coming courtesy of striker Sandy Iannella.
The victory was however not enough to knock ACF Brescia, who beat ACF Milan 4-0, off the top. Bardolino Verona also held on to their place in second by way of a 3-0 victory over ACF Fiorentina. Still, Sassari Torres can however move above Brescia on goal difference with victory in their game in hand against ASD Riviera di Romagna on Wednesday.
Top three: ACF Brescia (44), Bardolino Verona (43), Sassari Torres (41)
*Spain: Business as usual *There was no change at summit in Spain as FC Barcelona recorded a 4-0 victory over Atletico Madrid - their 22nd win in 24 matches - to leave contenders Athletic Bilbao and RCD Espanyol doing the chasing at the top.
Bilbao also won their fixture 4-0 against Sporting de Huelva to remain four points behind the leaders, while third-placed Espanyol claimed all three points in an 8-2 success against Reocin Racing. The latter are floundering on nine points at the bottom of the table, one short of FVPR El Olivo above them.
Top three: FC Barcelona (67), Athletic Bilbao (63), RCD Espanyol (55)