This week's women's club review focuses on the latest action in Europe and Australia. In Germany, Turbine Potsdam responded impressively to their painful cup exit, while FC Zurich continue to dominate the scene in Switzerland. Meanwhile in Australia, Sydney FC missed the chance to go top after being held by current league leaders Canberra United.

Germany: Potsdam win at a canter
Following their bitter 5-1 German Cup defeat at the hands of 1. FFC Frankfurt, Turbine Potsdam bounced back in the penultimate round of Women's Bundesliga fixtures before the winter break with a 7-0 success against 1. FC Lok Leipzig. Anja Mittag, Yuki Nagasato (both 2), Genoveva Anonman, Antonia Goransson and Kristin Demann were all on target for Bernd Schroder's side, who extended their lead over FCR 2001 Duisburg at the top of the standings to four points.

A day earlier, the clash between chasing Duisburg and Frankfurt ended 1-1, meaning both sides missed the chance to close the gap on the leaders. VfL Wolfsburg will spend the winter break in third after celebrating a 2-0 win against SG Essen-Schonebeck. Martin Muller settled the contest early on with goals in the fifth and eighth minute respectively. Meanwhile Bayer Leverkusen suffered their tenth defeat in 11 games and continue to languish at the bottom with just three points to their name. Bayer lost 3-0 against Bad Neuenahr, with German international Celia Okoyino da Mbabi hitting a hat-trick for the visitors.

Top three: Turbine Potsdam (30 points), FCR 2001 Duisburg (26), VfL Wolfsburg (25)

Switzerland: Zurich lead the way over Christmas
FC Zurich remain the measure of all things in the Swiss Nationalliga A. In their final game before the winter break, FCZ won 4-0 away to third-placed FC Basel, increasing their lead over SC Kriens at the top to seven points. Inka Grings scored twice for the visitors, with Manuel Zurcher and Barbara Beutler netting further strikes. SC Kriens, meanwhile, fell further off the pace following a 1-0 defeat to FC St. Gallen. At the bottom, FC Schlieren overcame SC Schwyz 4-0 to move off the foot of the table and BSC YB Frauen thrashed Grasshoppers 6-0. The campaign resumes on 18 February.

The top three: FC Zurich (40), SC Kriens (33), FC Basel (25)

France: Juvisy keep Lyon at arm's length
There was no change at the Division 1 Feminin summit as FCF Juvisy, Olympique Lyon and Montpellier HSC all registered victories to finish 2011 on a high. Juvisy beat FC Vendenheim 3-1 to ensure they will hibernate in top spot over the winter. Lyon remain in hot pursuit after another convincing victory, this time a 6-1 hammering of FCF Henin-Beaumont. Eugenie Le Sommer, Wendie Renard and Lara Dickenmann all netted twice for the reigning UEFA Women's Champions League titleholders. Meanwhile Montpellier won 4-0 at home against FF Yzeure. At the other end of the standings, AS Muretaine and ASJ Soyaux swapped places after Soyaux beat their relegation rivals 2-1. The action continues on 8 January when Lyon take on fellow title hopefuls Montpellier.

The top three: FCF Juvisy (43), Olympique Lyon (42), Montpellier HSC (41)

Australia: Canberra continue to set the pace
The highly-anticipated clash in the Australian W-League between title rivals Canberra United and Sydney FC ended in a goalless draw. It was only the second time league leaders Canberra have dropped points this season and proved enough to keep second-placed Sydney at bay for the time being. Brisbane Roar took full advantage of that result with a 2-0 success against Adelaide United, a result which moves them level on points with Sydney, who keep their noses in ahead thanks to their superior goal difference. Melbourne Victory consolidated their position in fourth with a 4-0 victory against Perth Glory.

The top three: Canberra United (17 points), Sydney FC (14), Brisbane Roar (14)