Domestic football is back, with most of the players recently on international duty at the Algarve and Cyprus Cups having now returned to action for their clubs.
Turbine Potsdam sent out a warning to their rivals in this season's German Bundesliga title race by scoring 12 goals in their match against VfL Sindelfingen. Meanwhile, teams across the border in France battled it out for a place in the next round of the Cup and FC Zurich returned to top spot in the Swiss league after an impressive victory of their own.
Germany: Full dozen for Potsdam
Many of Germany's first-team players have now returned to Bundesliga action following the country's triumph at the Algarve Cup. Coach Bernd Schroder’s Potsdam side kicked off matchday 13 with a 12-0 demolition of VfL Sindelfingen, a result which increased the pressure on frontrunners 1. FFC Frankfurt. Genoveva Anonma scored six times, Asano Nagasato and Julia Simic each found the net twice, while Pauline Bremer and Natasa Andonova also adding their names to the scoresheet.
But league leaders Frankfurt remained in first place thanks to a last-minute winner against SGS Essen, with Japanese international Kozue Ando finding the net in stoppage time to secure a 2-1 victory. The winning goal came after Charline Hartmann had broken the deadlock for the hosts in the first half and Kerstin Garefrekes equalising for the away side in the second period.
Reigning champions VfL Wolfsburg atoned for their 3-1 defeat by Bayern Munich on matchday 12 to take all three points this time around, with goals from Martina Muller, Alexandra Popp and Lena Gossling securing a narrow 3-2 victory over USV Jena.
The top three: 1. FFC Frankfurt (33 points), Turbine Potsdam (32), VfL Wolfsburg (28)
France: Six top-tier sides through to the quarter-finals
There were few surprises in the last 16 of the domestic Cup in France as top-flight sides Olympique Lyonnais, Paris Saint-Germain, FCF Juvisy, ASJ Soyaux, Montpellier and Rodez AF all secured their place in the next round. The quarter-finals will take place on 13 April.
FC Vendenheim, who beat Arras FCF in a penalty shootout, and CS Mars Bischheim were the only two second-tier teams to progress to the quarter-finals of the tournament. Montpellier registered the biggest win of the round, impressively beating Le Puy Foot 8-0. Lyon secured a fairly straightforward 3-0 victory over AS Saint-Etienne and league leaders PSG performed well to see off Henin-Beaumont 2-0.
Switzerland: Zurich back in pole position
FC Zurich’s women are back in control of proceedings in the Swiss league after registering a 4-1 win over SC Kriens in the top-of-the-table clash on matchday 15 and leapfrogging their opponents into top spot in the process. A Nicole Remund brace, Mirnije Selimi's strike and a Rahel Kiwic penalty wrapped up the three points for Zurich, with Nicole Banecki scoring for Kriens. But revenge could come soon for Kriens as the two teams meet again in the semi-finals of the Swiss Cup on Sunday 13 April.
The top three: FC Zurich (40), SC Kriens (38), FC Basel (29)
Italy: Three-way race at the summit
A three-way title race has been underway in the Italian Serie A for weeks now, with ACF Brescia, Torres Calcio Sassari and UPC Tavagnacco all fighting it out for pole position and regularly overtaking each other at the top. Tavagnacco returned to the summit thanks to a 4-1 victory at AFC Fiorentina on matchday 22, but Brescia remain hot on their heels after their 3-0 win against Como 2000. Both sides are now on 63 points. Torres Calcio are just two points behind the top two in third place, having easily dispatched Riviera di Romagna 4-1 in their own fixture. Tavagnacco and Brescia will go head-to-head in a mouth-watering top-of-the-table clash on Wednesday.
The top three: UPC Tavagnacco (63), ACF Brescia (63), Torres Calcio Sassari (61)
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