Only limited club action took place over the weekend, with a number of European leagues yet to resume for the year and this week’s Algarve and Cyprus Cups shifting the focus towards the international arena. FIFA.com will review these two major tournaments next week but, for now, we take a look at the latest from the top flights in France, Germany, Spain and Italy.
France: Lyon see off another challenger
Lyon’s seemingly inexorable march to yet another league title is firmly on track after the champions saw off nearest challengers Paris Saint Germain in typically impressive fashion. Goals in each half from Lotta Schelin, combined with an Amandine Henry penalty, has left Patrice Lair’s charges six points clear of PSG, with a match in hand. There was better news for another Parisian side, however, as Juvisy earned a comfortable 3-0 victory over Yzeure, with Charlotte Fernandes bagging a double. Guingamp consolidated their hold on fifth with a 2-0 home triumph over Rodez.
Top three: Lyon (64 points), Paris Saint Germain (58), Montpellier (51)
Germany: Leverkusen push clear of danger
Bayer Leverkusen grabbed three crucial points to ease relegation concerns with a 2-1 comeback win at fellow strugglers Duisburg. The home side were sitting pretty at half-time thanks to a Mandy Islacker goal, only to fall apart in the second period. Isabelle Linden scored either side of a red card for Duisburg’s Barbara Muller, leaving Leverkusen three points clear of their rivals and seven points clear of the drop zone. The match between the league’s two bottom sides - Sindelfingen and Gutersloh – was postponed.
Top three: Wolfsburg (29 points), Turbine Potsdam (28), Frankfurt (28)
Spain: Rare stumble for leaders
Athletic Bilbao maintained their grip on top spot in Spain despite being held to a surprise 1-1 at Espanyol. That draw in Barcelona allowed Atletico Madrid to move within two points of the summit thanks to an early strike from defender Marta Carro Nolasco, which proved enough to see off Levante. Third-placed Barcelona also exacted maximum advantage out of the leaders' stumble with a comfortable 5-0 win at Huelva.
Top three: Athletic Bilbao (58), Atletico Madrid (56), Barcelona (55)
Italy: Torres show champions’ form
Leaders Torres Calcio bounced back from a rare defeat in emphatic fashion with a 6-0 demolition of Chiasiellis. Evergreen striker Patrizia Panico continued her goalscoring form, this time hitting four to take her season tally to 28. Panico’s nearest challenger, Paola Brumana, is six off the pace after scoring twice in second-placed UPC Tavagnacco’s 4-0 home win over Grifo Perugia. Third-placed Brescia – conquerors of Torres last weekend - and fourth-placed Bardolino Verona also recorded wins.
Top three: Torres Calcio (62), UPC Tavagnacco (61), Brescia (53)