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First league title for Melbourne

Melbourne Victory players celebrate after winning the W-League Grand Final
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The German championship has now reached the halfway mark, with the hunt for the title increasingly becoming a three-horse race - a situation similar to that of the Italian league. In contrast, the new Australian W-League champions have now been crowned. brings you the latest weekly round up from selected women’s leagues around the world.

*Australia: Melbourne celebrate first championship title *German international goalkeeper and FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year Nadine Angerer was unable to add an Australian league winners’ medal to her ever-expanding trophy cabinet as her club Brisbane Roar lost 2-0 to Melbourne Victory in the W-League final. Goals from Lisa De Vanna and American Lauren Barnes steered Melbourne to their first championship title, while midfielder Jessica Fishlock was named player of the match.

“I thought we were outstanding, and put in one of the best performances of the season. To win a final 2-0, and quite comfortably in the end, is a great great achievement. The most important thing for me is that we won. The player of the match is nice but completely secondary to winning the title. I’m really happy for the girls, they all really deserve this,” said Fishlock, who is also skipper of Wales.

Angerer and Victory captain Steph Catley will head to the USA’s National Women’s Soccer League, where they will line up for Portland Thorns from April, while Victory duo Fishlock and Barnes will turn out for Settle Reign.

*Germany: Three-way battle *With 11 matches played, 1. FFC Frankfurt lead the way in the Women’s Bundesliga at the halfway mark after seeing out a goalless draw in a top-of-the-table clash with treble-winners VfL Wolfsburg. Frankfurt’s league-leading points tally is currently 27 points, with Turbine Potsdam just one point behind after securing a 2-1 win over Bayern Munich in their most recent match. Although hosts Munich took the lead at the Grunwalder Stadion with a goal from Gina Lewandowski, Ada Hegerberg and Lisa Evans then scored to guide the Torbienen to victory. 

Meanwhile, BV Cloppenburg suffered another heavy setback in their battle to avoid relegation, following their 4-1 loss to Wolfsburg with a 2-1 defeat against SC Freiburg. Bottom-of-the-table VfL Sindelfingen were on the losing side for the tenth time this season, with MSV Duisburg prevailing 3-0. The loss means Sindelfingen have just one point to their name in this campaign so far.*
Top three: FFC Frankfurt (27 points), Turbine Potsdam (26), VfL Wolfsburg (25)*

France: Lyon on course to retain title
Although Patrice Lair’s star-studded Olympique Lyon side has already exited the UEFA Champions League, it is a more familiar story in Division 1 Feminine, where the seven-time champions remain on course to retain their domestic crown. Lyon won their latest match 4-1 against Saint-Etienne at the Stade de Gerland thanks to goals from Laetitia Tonazzi, Lara Dickenmann, Camille Abily and an own goal from Rose Lavaud, while Candice Gherbi netted for the visitors to briefly level the scores at 1-1 in a game where all five goals were scored inside the first half. Elsewhere, Paris Saint-Germain were similarly successful, overpowering Arras FCF with a 6-1 win.
*Top three: Olympique Lyon (61), Paris Saint-Germain (58), Montpellier HSC (52) *

Italy: Top three marching in step
As in Germany, three teams are currently locked in an exciting battle for the championship title in Italy, with just one point separating league leaders Torres Calcio from second-placed ACF Brescia, who have a game in hand. UPC Tavagnacco are currently in third place, four points off the lead but with two fewer games played. The top three navigated the 21st round of matches flawlessly as Torres dispatched Inter Milan 4-0, Brescia crushed CF Scalese 7-0 and Tavagnacco gathered their three points with a 1-0 victory over Mozzanica CF.
Top three: Torres Calcio Sassari (58), ACF Brescia (57), UPC Tavagnacco (54)

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