It proved a good round for the leading clubs in many of the top women’s leagues around the world over the weekend as the march towards Christmas continues. It proved a recurring theme in Germany, France and Belgium/Netherlands, while Perth Glory head into Australia’s season decider well placed.
Australia: Perth set for glory
Perth Glory are 90 minutes away from their first-ever W-League title after winning through to the season decider in typically emphatic fashion with a 3-0 victory over Sydney FC. Australia captain Kate Gill scored one and set-up goals for Elisa D’Ovidio and Gabrielle Marzano as the Glory extended their record goals tally to 42 in 13 matches. Visiting Perth for Sunday’s match will be Canberra United after the 2012 champions edged a penalty shoot-out win over holders Melbourne Victory, thanks to a decisive save from American goalkeeper Chantel Jones.
*Germany: As you were… *
Wolfsburg have collected another title, albeit a figurative one, after the European and German champions went into the mid-season break as *Wintermeisterschaft *(winter champions). All the more remarkable is that the Lower Saxony side have conceded just one goal in their 13 undefeated matches this term. Their typically comfortable 3-0 win over visiting Hoffenheim left Wolfsburg with a two-point margin over the persistent Bayern Munich, who also remain undefeated with a 5-0 win over Freiberg. The other major contenders, Turbine Potsdam and 1.FFC Frankfurt also collected easy wins over Essen and Duisburg respectively.
*Top three: Wolfsburg (35 points), Bayern Munich (33), Turbine Potsdam (31) *
*France: Goals galore for big names *
Leaders Lyon and fellow title aspirants Paris Saint-Germain maintained their goal-laden shoot-out at the top of the ladder with hefty wins. Leaders Lyon eased past Montpellier 5-1 away from home. Eugenie Le Sommer and Lotta Schelin both scored doubles, with the latter joining team-mate Ada Hegerberg at the top of the league’s goalscoring charts. PSG, for their part crushed Metz 9-0 on the road. After 13 rounds the pair share just a single loss, and that result came when the pair met last month as Lyon secured a crucial 2-1 win. Meanwhile, Juvisy maintained their grip on third with a 4-0 win over mid-table Albi, built around a double from Sandrine Bretigny.
*Top three: Lyon (52), PSG (49), Juvisy (42) *
*Belgium/Netherlands: Tight contest continues *Ajax maintained their slim hold on top spot with a tough 1-0 home win over Telstar. The Amsterdammers, who have played a match more than their rivals, are narrowly clear of Standard Liege after they defeated Anderlecht in a key Belgian derby. Champions FC Twente remain third following their 2-1 win at Heerenveen. The league has more just one round before a four-week mid-season hiatus.
*Top three: Ajax (30), Standard Liege (28), FC Twente (26) *