Winter refuses to loosen its grip on many parts of Europe, with several games postponed once again in the German Women’s Bundesliga. Wolfsburg took full advantage to extend their lead at the summit, while Lyon and FC Zurich continued their remarkable winning streaks in France and Switzerland respectively. FIFA.com rounds up the latest women’s action from across the continent.
Germany: Wolfsburg on course for title
One of the most hotly-anticipated encounters in the Women’s Bundesliga fell foul of the cold weather, with FFC Frankfurt’s game against Turbine Potsdam one of three fixtures to be called off. Wolfsburg seized the opportunity to extend their lead at the top to four points thanks to a 4-1 rout over FF USV Jena. Goals from Alexandra Popp, Zsanett Jakabfi, Viola Odebrecht and Conny Pohlers handed the Wolves a tenth victory of the season. Bayern Munich cemented fifth place after a last-gasp 2-1 win over SGS Essen, while SC Freiburg had to settle for a 1-1 draw against bottom club VfL Sindelfingen.
Top three: VfL Wolfsburg (32 points), Turbine Potsdam, FFC Frankfurt (both 28)
France: Lyon yet to drop a point
Lyon continued where they had left off prior to the international break by recording yet another win. On Sunday Patrice Lair’s charges hit five without reply to sink AS Saint-Etienne, with efforts from Laetitia Tonazzi, Amandine Henry, Camille Abily, Louisa Necib as well as a Ludivine Coulomb own goal ensuring the leaders a 17th triumph from as many matches. Paris Saint-Germain likewise kept their foot firmly on the pedal with a 4-0 victory to stay on course for the UEFA Women's Champions League. Kheira Hamraoui opened the scoring before a brace from Aurelie Kaci and a Kosovare Asllani strike put the result beyond all doubt.
Top three: Olympique Lyon (68), Paris Saint-Germain (62), Montpellier (55)
Switzerland: Grings and Fuss USA-bound
Olympique Lyon are not the only team in the women’s game to be on an impressive winning run. FC Zurich continued their winning ways in Switzerland, largely thanks to former Germany internationals Inka Grings and Sonja Fuss. A 2-1 triumph over St. Gallen on matchday 17 maintained the league leaders’ unbeaten streak. However, Zurich will be forced to make do without their star duo, who joined from FCR Duisburg in autumn 2011, after announcing on Saturday that the pair will leave the club on 20 May. Both players are joining Chicago Red Stars in the newly founded National Women’s Soccer League in the USA.
Top three: FC Zurich (51), BSC Young Boys (36), SC Kriens (29)
Italy: New face at the top
Torres Calcio were forced to hand over top spot to UPC Tavagnacco in the Italian Serie A after their match against bottom club Torino was postponed. Goals from Michaela Martinelli and Paola Brumana helped coach Marco Rossi’s Tavagnacco side to a 2-0 victory over Lazio, giving them a two-point lead at the summit. There was no change in the chasing pack however, as ACF Brescia remained in third courtesy of a 3-1 win over Grifo Perugia. Bardolino Verona stayed fourth with a 4-0 thrashing of Como 2000.
Top three: UPC Tavagnacco (64) Torres Calcio (62), Brescia (56)