A massive week in women’s club football was capped last Thursday by a nerve-shredding UEFA Women’s Champions League final as Wolfsburg retained their crown. Lyon also tasted glory with yet another French title, while the German season is heading for a thrilling finale. There were also big match-ups in Sweden and USA as FIFA.com reviews action from some of the world’s best leagues.
UEFA Women’s Champions League: Wolfsburg retain Euro crown
Wolfsburg maintained their status as European queens but it took two comebacks in a thrilling seven-goal thriller before finally quelling the challenge of Sweden’s Tyreso. Martina Muller’s 80th-minute winner in Lisbon saw the Lower Saxony outfit become just the third club to successfully defend their title. A double from Brazil superstar Marta combined with a Veronica Boquete strike had earlier given Tyreso a 2-0 half-time advantage, and a then a 3-2 lead. The result was Germany's eighth title in the 13 years since the UEFA Women's Cup (renamed in 2009/10) was first played. Four of those eight wins have now come against Swedish opposition.
France: Lyon champs again
Last year’s UEFA Women’s Champions League runners-up Lyon eased to their eighth successive French Ligue 1 title with a match to spare. Doubles from Camille Abily and Eugenie Le Sommer ensured a comfortable 5-1 victory over Brittany outfit Guingamp on Saturday. Patrice Lair’s side now boast a seven-point margin over Paris Saint-Germain after they were held 2-2 by city rivals Juvisy. PSG, who have been strong title contenders all season, will have another chance to get one over Lyon when the pair meet in the French Cup final in a fortnight.
Top three: Lyon (81 points), Paris Saint-Germain (74), Juvisy (73)
Germany: Frankfurt claim ascendency
Frankfurt now have a lone grip on top spot but a thrilling three-way finale looms in Germany with just two rounds to play. Turbine Potsdam relinquished their share of the summit after slipping to a surprise 2-2 draw against the visiting Cloppenburg. Frankfurt took maximum toll with a 5-1 victory at Hoffenheim that was built around a double from veteran midfielder Kerstin Garefrekes. Wolfsburg displayed no ill-effects from their UEFA Women’s Champions League celebrations by easing to a 4-0 win over the visiting Essen to leapfrog into second.
Top three: FFC Frankfurt (50), Wolfsburg (49), Turbine Potsdam (48)
USA: High-flying Seattle clipped
League leaders Seattle Reign needed an injury-time equaliser from in-form Scottish striker Kim Little to maintain their unbeaten start to the season with an epic 2-2 draw against Western New York Flash. The upstate New York outfit remain in mid-table despite twice leading through national team stars Abby Wambach and Carli Lloyd, only to be pegged back in the dying moments of each half. Second-placed Chicago Red Stars have moved to within seven points of the runaway leaders thanks to a 3-1 win over Houston Dash which took their winning streak to four. Meanwhile, another impressive crowd of 13,000 turned up in Portland only to go home disappointed as Kelley O’Hara’s late strike saw Sky Blue FC take all three points back to New Jersey.
Top three: Seattle Reign (23), Chicago Red Stars (16), Kansas City (15)
Sweden: Tyreso bounce back
Vanquished European finalists Tyreso put their disappointment aside in emphatic fashion with a 2-1 win over leaders Rosengard on Monday in one of the highlights of the Damallsvenskan season. USA forward Christen Press scored both goals for Tyreso, including a winner five minutes from time, to give her side a much needed boost four days after their Lisbon heartbreak. Rosengard, known as Malmo until this season, remain top of a tight ladder despite having now lost two of their seven matches.
Top three: Rosengard (15), Linkopings, Eskilstuna United, Orebro (all 12)
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