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Close in Germany, Switzerland and Austria decided

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The final day of Germany’s Bundesliga could hardly be more exciting, with the title due to be decided by a direct encounter between title challengers FFC Frankfurt and VfL Wolfsburg next Sunday. Meanwhile, the champions have already been crowned in Switzerland and Austria, while there have also been nail-biting matches in the USA and Sweden’s Damallsvenskan. *FIFA.com *rounds up of the latest results from selected women’s leagues around the world.

*Germany: And then there were two… *The tussle for the Bundesliga is now down to just two teams. Turbine Potsdam bowed out of the race after losing 2-1 to league leaders 1. FFC Frankfurt last weekend, as Fatmire Alushi and Kerstin Garefrekes fired the Hesse side to their 16th win of the campaign. However, their victory came at a price: Saskia Bartusiak, who equalised with an own goal, will be out of action for at least ten months after suffering a torn posterior cruciate ligament in her left knee and a fractured tibia. 

Elsewhere, UEFA Champions League winners VfL Wolfsburg continue to snap at Frankfurt’s heels after posting a 2-0 triumph against Cloppenburg. The victory cleared the path for a final-day showdown between the league’s top two sides. After the match against Cloppenburg, VfL goalkeeper Almuth Schult said: “Now I know how it feels to win a trophy, I want to get a second one no matter what!”

In the lower half of the Bundesliga, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim were able to celebrate staying in the top flight after a 3-2 away win over Bayern Munich gave them 22 points for the season. Victory initially looked unlikely for Hoffenheim, after Leonie Pankratz scored to put the hosts ahead in the first minute, with Lena Lotzen doubling their lead scarcely 15 minutes later. Mana Iwabuchi clawed a goal back for the visitors before half-time; Sabine Stoller then levelled things after the break before Iwabuchi struck a second time to secure three points for TSG. 

Top three: FFC Frankfurt (53 points), VfL Wolfsburg (52), Turbine Potsdam (48)

*USA: Seattle return to winning ways *Top-of-the-table Seattle Reign FC got their campaign back on track last weekend after a draw in their previous outing. Seattle defeated Sky Blue FC 3-1 and remain the undisputed leaders of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) with 26 points. Their success against Sky Blue was largely due to the efforts of Japanese international Nahomi Kawasumi, who netted a brace. Chicago Red Stars also posted a 2-0 win over Sky Blue in their previous game, moving them past Washington Spirit into second place behind Seattle. Washington, for their part, emerged victorious in a close-fought match with Boston Breakers that ended 3-2. Meanwhile, defending champions Portland Thorns FC continue to struggle, crashing to their third consecutive defeat with a 4-1 loss to Boston Breakers. The Thorns currently languish in fifth place in the table. 

Top three: Seattle Reign FC (26), Chicago Red Stars (19), Washington Spirit (16)

*Sweden: Top two marching in step *The *Damallsvenskan’s *top teams all enjoyed success on the eighth matchday of the season. Leaders FC Rosengard, who played last season as LdB FC Malmo, recorded a resounding 5-0 win against Goteborg. German international Anja Mittag was in fine scoring form, forcing the Goteborg keeper to pick the ball out of the net three times. Umea IK were similarly prolific in front of goal as they defeated newly-promoted Eskilstuna United DFF 6-1. Elsewhere, KIF Orebro enjoyed a more sedate but no less successful day as coach Rickard Nilsson’s side beat AIK Fotball 1-0. 

Top three: FC Rosengard (18), KIF Orebro (15), Umea IK (14)

*Switzerland / Austria: FC Zurich and SV Neulengbach wrap up titles *FC Zurich had every reason to celebrate in Switzerland’s Nationalliga A this week after sealing their third consecutive championship title and rounding out a successful campaign with a thumping 6-1 victory against Kriens. FC Zurich ended the season with 23 wins, one draw and one defeat to their name, while the league’s highest-scoring player – Fabienne Humm, with 30 goals – was also an FCZ player.

In neighbouring Austria, record-breaking champions SV Neulengbach lifted their twelfth championship trophy in a row. The team from Lower Austria took the crown on the penultimate day of the season after a 4-1 triumph over second-placed FSK St. Polten-Spratzern left them six points clear at the top of the table with just one match remaining. Spratzern were able to console themselves with victory in the domestic cup competition after defeating Neulengbach 4-3 in the final.

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