As the battle to reach Australia’s knockout finals comes to a head, Germany and France’s top teams are settling in at the summit of their respective championships, with one seasoned striker scoring goals aplenty. FIFA.com brings you all the latest from selected women’s leagues across the globe.
Australia: Race for the finals gathers pace
Vital away wins for Brisbane Roar and Adelaide United ensured that the scramble for places in the W-League semi-finals remains as exciting as ever. Brisbane got the better of old foes FC Sydney 3-0 to record their first win after five straight defeats, while Adelaide emerged as 5-1 victors against a Newcastle Jets side who had previously conceded just four goals all season. Elsewhere, pacesetters Melbourne City extended their winning streak to nine games by beating Perth Glory 4-0, while their closest rivals Canberra United took a major step towards the knockout rounds by defeating Melbourne Victory 3-0.
*Top three: Melbourne City (27), Canberra United (19), FC Sydney (13) *
Germany: Bayern’s nearest challengers stumble
Bayern Munich could be excused for putting the champagne on ice in anticipation of their next championship triumph before Christmas even arrives. On the final matchday of the year, the league leaders recorded a 2-0 win over Turbine Potsdam thanks to goals from American Gina Lewandowski and Dutch international Vivianne Miedema. The result means the reigning German champions end 2015 unbeaten in all competitions with 20 victories and six draws, and extend their unbeaten league run to a staggering 35 games. As if that was not enough, Munich will ring in the New Year with a 12-point lead over their nearest rivals after Wolfsburg fell to a 2-1 defeat against Jena and Frankfurt lost 3-2 to Essen.
Top three: Bayern Munich (34), VfL Wolfsburg (22), 1. FFC Frankfurt (22)
*France: Lyon deliver statement of intent *Olympique underlined their Division 1 Feminin title ambitions by thrashing bottom-of-the-table Nimes 10-0, with Lotta Schelin scoring five goals to mark herself out as the game’s best striker. Second-placed Montpellier remain just two points adrift of the pacesetters despite recording a far narrower 2-1 win at Guingamp. The visitors took a two-goal lead through Laetitia Tonazzi and Marie-Charlotte Leger after 14 minutes, with Desire Oparanozie’s strike for the home side doing little to alter the game’s outcome. Meanwhile, Paris Saint-Germain continue to snap at the leading pair’s heels by beating Soyaux 3-0 at home. German international Anja Mittag’s early goal set PSG on the road to victory before Cristiane wrapped things up with a brace in the final five minutes.
Top three: Olympique Lyon (50), Montpellier HSC (48), Paris Saint-Germain (48)