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Football - 24. February 2015.

Leading contenders do battle

Heavyweights contests in France and Germany stood out among all else over the weekend in potentially decisive matches for the respective title campaigns. Elsewhere, there was little movement in either Italy or in Belgium/Netherlands with the leading pack in both leagues in the winner’s circle.

France: Lyon quell PSG charge
Lyon have taken a giant stride towards a ninth successive crown with an emphatic 4-0 win at the home of ambitious Paris Saint-Germain. Two goals in each half saw Lyon claim victory with unexpected ease to continue a disastrous period for the capital club who were eliminated from the French Cup at the last-16 stage a week earlier. The result was also a dose of revenge for Lyon who were eliminated from the UEFA Women’s Champions League by their domestic rivals in November. PSG, however, remain top of the ladder with a two-point advantage having played two extra games. Fellow Parisians Juvisy remain a distant third with their match against Arras postponed.
Top three: Paris-Saint Germain (74 points), Lyon (72), Juvisy (52)

Germany: Stalemate for high-flyers
As in France, it was a one v two scenario in Germany. And so too, as is the case in the Bundesliga, it is Wolfsburg and Bayern Munich who are the top pair in the Frauen Bundesliga. In contrast though to the men’s league, it is the Wolfsburgerinnen who hold top spot and the champions managed to retain their grip at the summit with a tense scoreless draw in Bavaria. The stalemate offered the opportunity for a couple of familiar names to close the gap. 1.FFC Frankfurt and Turbine Potsdam both took full toll of the draw, albeit with very contrasting wins. The Turbinen eased to a 6-1 win over Freiburg, while Frankfurt needed a late winner from Marith Priessen to see off humble SC Sand.
Top three: Wolfsburg (39), Bayern Munich (37), Frankfurt, Turbine Potsdam (both 34)

Belgium/Netherlands: Leading duo maintain charge
Little changed at the top in the Be/Ne league over the weekend with the leading pair both winning on a round where 23 goals were scored in just five matches. Frontrunners Standard Liege remain on track to take the title back to Belgium for the first time with an untroubled 3-0 home win over Telstar, where Tessa Wullaert netted all three goals. Second-placed Ajax had a tougher time before edging Heerenveen thanks to a lone first-half strike. The big result of the weekend saw mid-table PSV/Eindhoven put seven unanswered goals past Gent, with Lisanne Vermeulen scoring four times.
Top three: Standard Liege (43), Ajax Amsterdam (37), FC Twente (32)

Italy: Frontrunners maintain momentum
There was little change at the summit in Italy with each of the top five teams all winning. Verona remain top following a 3-0 win at Res Roma as they seek an end to their six-year title drought. Second-placed Brescia remain ominously placed just two points adrift and with a match in hand after their comfortable 4-1 home triumph over Tavagnacco.
Top three: Verona (43), Brescia (41), Mozzanica (35)

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