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Treble for Wolfsburg, Arsenal crowned
After winning the German Women’s Bundesliga and the DFB-Pokal, VfL Wolfsburg sewed up the treble by beating defending champions Olympique Lyonnais in the UEFA Champions League final.
In England, Arsenal Ladies’ name was etched on the FA Cup, while Sky Blue FC remain top of the pack in the USA. FIFA.com rounds up the latest in the world of women’s club football.
England: Arsenal's FA Cup triumph
After an open and entertaining encounter against Bristol Academy, Arsenal Ladies lifted the Women’s FA Cup trophy for the 12th time in their history, taking their total title haul to 39. A goal from Steph Houghton as early as the second minute set coach Shelley Kerr’s side on the way to a 3-0 victory, with efforts from Jordan Nobbs and Ellen White adding gloss to the scoreline.
Last year Arsenal were eliminated in the semi-finals following defeat to Chelsea, but there was no stopping them this time. “I think the girls were absolutely fantastic today,” Kerr told the Arsenal website. “I’m delighted for all of them, and for everyone connected with the club.”
USA: Top two pull away
The battle for supremacy in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) is increasingly becoming a two-horse race. Sky Blue FC and Portland Thorns each recorded a sixth victory of the season in the last round of matches, increasing their lead over third-placed Boston Breakers to eight points. However, the latter can reduce the deficit if they win their two games in hand.
A crowd of 3,324 witnessed Christine Sinclair net the only goal of the game for Portland in the 84th minute of a closely-fought duel with Seattle Reign FC. A 1-0 win was also enough for Sky Blue to take the points against FC Kansas City. Defender Lauren Sesselmann was sent off after a rash foul, allowing Sophie Schmidt to coolly convert the ensuing penalty.
Western New York Flash, complete with FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year Abby Wambach in their ranks, picked up a third consecutive win after overcoming Chicago Red Stars 2-1. Wambach got on the scoresheet, netting the equalising goal.
Top three: Sky Blue FC, Portland Thorns (both on 19 points), Boston Breakers (11)
Sweden: Goals flow for Tyreso
Tyreso FF issued a clear statement of intent in the Damallsvenskan over the last two fixtures, picking up resounding victories to return to the league summit. Tony Gustavsson’s charges crushed Sunnana SK 10-2 on Matchday 7 and followed that up with a 7-0 hammering of Jitex BK. The league leaders’ goal difference now stands at 27 for, with just six conceded.
By contrast, pursuers Malmo have netted ten fewer and face a must-win game against Linkopings FC on Tuesday in order to keep pace at the top. Kopparbergs/Goteborg FC moved up to third with a 4-3 victory over Kristianstads DFF.
Top three: Tyreso FF (20), LdB FC Malmo (17), Kopparbergs/Goteborg FC (14
Champions League: Wolfsburg’s clean sweep
Despite going into the Champions League final as underdogs against Lyon, Wolfsburg were celebrating at the end. Die Wölfe were crowned European queens on Thursday evening at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge following their first foray in the competition. It completed a sensational treble, writing Wolfsburg’s name into the record books as only the second German side after 1. FFC Frankfurt to win the Women’s Bundesliga, the DFB-Pokal and continental honours.
Approximately 20,000 fans saw Martina Muller hit the only goal of the game from the penalty spot following a handball. “We couldn’t have predicted that win,” the matchwinner told her club’s website. “We knew Lyon were very strong, which makes it all the more satisfying, even if that bit of luck you need to win was on our side today. It was a fantastic atmosphere.”
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