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A dethroned champion and thrilling duels
FIFA.com brings you the latest from the women's game with a round-up of selected leagues from across the globe. Liverpool LFC top the standings in England going into the break, while Rossiyanka were forced to hand over their crown in Russia. In the USA there was a goalfest between Portland Thorns and Kansas City, while Western New York Flash moved up to third.
USA: Portland reel in Sky Blue FC
There was no shortage of goals when Portland Thorns took on Kansas City FC in the National Women’s Soccer League on Thursday. The 10,886 spectators had plenty to cheer as Portland narrowly edged their visitors 4-3 to move level on points with Sky Blue FC once more. Alex Morgan struck twice, while Courtney Wetzel and Danielle Foxhoven were also on target for the hosts, with Lauren Cheney (two) and Erika Tymrak replying for the visitors. Kansas did pick up maximum points three days later however, sealing fourth spot with a 1-0 triumph over Seattle Reign FC.
Sky Blue were unable to maintain their three-point lead over Portland at the league summit after suffering a 3-0 home reverse to Western New York Flash. Samantha Kerr, Carli Lloyd and FIFA Women's World Player of the Year Abby Wambach fired their side to victory and third in the standings.
Top three: Sky Blue FC, Portland Thorns FC (both on 22 points), Western New York Flash (14)
Sweden: Tyreso remain unbeaten
After ten rounds of matches, Tyreso FF and LdB FC Malmo continue to set the pace in the Damallsvenskan. The former brushed Kristianstads DFF aside 5-1 to secure an eighth victory of the season. Christen Press grabbed the headlines with a second half hat-trick, with strikes from Caroline Seger and Veronica Boquete completing the rout for the defending champions.
Malmo had little trouble getting past promoted outfit Sunnana SK and cemented second place with a 3-0 away win. Their hosts are stuck at the bottom of the pile with just three points from their efforts thus far.
There was no change among the chasing pack as Linkopings FC's 1-0 victory over Mallbackens IF guaranteed them third place for another week. Things went from bad to worse for the vanquished side, as Finland captain Maija Saari was ruled out of the upcoming UEFA Women's EURO 2013 in Sweden after suffering cruciate knee ligament damage in training.
Top three: Tyreso FF (26), LdB FC Malmo (23), Linkopings FC (19)
England: Liverpool lead the way at the break
Leading duo Liverpool and Bristol Academy both signed off with wins in the English Women's Super League (WSL) on the final matchday before the two-month interval for the continental showdown. A Nicole Rolser brace, as well as goals from Natasha Dowie and Lucy Bronze helped coach Matt Beard's charges keep top spot ahead of Bristol with a 4-1 success over Birmingham City.
However, Bristol remain hot on the leader's heels after a 2-1 win over Lincoln and are only in second due to their inferior goal difference. Everton round out the top trio after dispatching Chelsea 4-1, thanks in no small part to Toni Duggan, who netted a hat-trick.
Top three: Liverpool, Bristol Academy (both on 15 points), Everton (8)
Russia: Zorkiy depose Rossiyanka
A nerve-wracking final matchday in the Russian Supreme Division play-offs ended with WFC Rossiyanka unable to defend their crown. FK Zorkiy Krasnogorsk went into the last round of fixtures with a two-point advantage over Rossiyanka and were celebrating come the final whistle following a narrow 1-0 home win over WFC Zvezda 2005 Perm. Rossiyanka had to settle for a runners-up medal after slipping up on their own patch with a 2-1 reverse to WFC Ryazan VDV.
Final standings: FK Zorkiy Krasnogorsk (45), FC Rossiyanka (40), Ryazan-VDV (36), WFC Zvezda (25)