It was a good week for the leading lights in some of Europe’s best leagues, with the top clubs in England, Sweden and Denmark all flexing their muscles to cement their positions at the respective summits. FIFA.com rounds up the latest action from the women’s leagues.
Denmark: Brondby yet to drop a point
In Denmark there seems to be no stopping Brondby at the moment. The defending champions beat Skovbakken 3-1 on Matchday 4 to maintain their perfect start to the season. The chasing pack kept up the pressure, however, with Taastrup staying in second thanks to a 3-2 win over Kolding Q, while Fortuna Hjorring defended third spot with a 5-0 thrashing of Vejle BK.
The top three: Brondby IF (12 points), Taastrup FC (10), Fortuna Hjorring (9)
Sweden: Malmo and Tyreso keep in step
The battle for the title in Sweden’s Damallsvenskan remains an enticing prospect and is increasingly turning into a two-horse race between Malmo and Tyreso. On Matchday 14, Malmo and Linkopings served up a goal-fest, with the former eventually emerging victotious 5-3. Germany international Anja Mittag and Swiss forward Ramona Bachmann led them to victory almost single-handedly, netting a hat-trick and a brace respectively. With 17 strikes so far, Mittag is the undisputed leader in the scoring charts.
Tyreso laid down a marker of their own with a 5-1 demolition of Pitea IF. Two apiece from Kirsten van den Ven and Caroline Seger, as well as a Madelaine Edlund effort, secured all three points. Brazilian star Marta was unable to add her name to the score-sheet this time.
The top three: LdB FC Malmo (36), Tyreso FF (34), Vittsjo GIK (28)
England: Arsenal Ladies pull away
In the Women’s Super League (WSL), Arsenal Ladies underlined their title ambitions with a 4-0 win over Doncaster Rovers in their rescheduled fixture, increasing their lead over Everton to eight points. Goals from Jordan Nobbs (2), Gemma Davison and Kim Little, who recently participated at the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament, ensured the Gunners collected all three points. “Respect to Arsenal. They were different class,” Doncaster coach John Buckley told the WSL website after the game. “The standard of their football is better than a lot of men's teams."
The top three: Arsenal Ladies (23), Everton LFC (15), Birmingham City LFC (14)
Finland: PK-35 Vantaa on course
Having already amassed 52 points from the first 21 Matchdays in Finland’s Naisten Liiga, reigning champions PK-35 Vantaa are in pole position to defend their title. Pauliina Miettinen’s team brushed TPS aside 2-0 to record their 17th win of the season. Yet Aland United remain hot on their heels following a 6-0 rout of Nice Futis, leaving them just two points behind the leaders in second place.
The top three: PK-35 Vantaa (52), Aland United (50), FC Honka Espoo (40)