Although anyone hoping for goals in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals would have been left disappointed in recent days, there was far more scoring action in the Swedish and English leagues. FIFA.com brings you the latest developments from the past week of women’s club football.
UEFA Champions League: Semi-final shut-outs
There was much anticipation ahead of the all-German semi-final between Turbine Potsdam and defending champions Wolfsburg, but the 5,110-strong crowd at the Karl-Liebknecht Stadium had to settle for a goalless draw on the night. Despite a hard-fought tussle, both sides were unable to convert their chances.
“I’m very happy with my team’s performance,” said Wolfsburg coach Ralf Kellermann after the match. “For large parts of the game, the players did what we set out to do. We made a great start and created two fantastic chances through Muller and Popp in the first half.
"After Poppi’s effort, I thought for a moment: ‘We could do this,’” went on Kellermann. “But that was a little premature. Nevertheless, we had two more chances at the start of the second half, and Verena Faisst came close to scoring.” The second leg will be played in Wolfsburg on Sunday 27 April at 17:15 CET.
The second semi-final first leg between Birmingham City and Tyreso was similarly bereft of goals, ending in another 0-0 draw.
Sweden: Rosengard advance* *Having begun the new Damallsvenskan season with a resounding 4-0 success at AIK, FC Rosengard (formerly Malmo) continued their positive start with a 7-1 victory over Vittsjo, sealing their position at the top of the table. Swiss striker Ramona Bachmann bagged a brace, while the reigning champions’ remaining goals were scored by Anja Mittag, Ali Riley, Sara Gunnarsdottir, Natalie Persson and Sara Mellouk. In the second round of matches continuing on 22 and 23 April, Orebro also secured a 2-0 win over Jitex Molndal.
*Top three: FC Rosengard (6 points), Kopparbergs/Goteborg, Eskilstuna United (3 each)
England: Notts County Ladies take early lead* **The long wait for the new season is finally over in England, and after a 1-1 draw against Arsenal and a 2-0 win over Everton, Notts County Ladies (previously Lincoln Ladies) have emerged as early leaders in the WSL.
Meanwhile, champions Liverpool Ladies kicked off the defence of their title with a 1-0 victory over Manchester City and a 0-0 draw against Chelsea. Chelsea had previously defeated Bristol Academy 2-0 and join Notts County and Liverpool in the top three. City currently languish at the foot of the table after losing their first two matches.
*Top three: Notts County Ladies, Chelsea Ladies, Liverpool Ladies (4 each)
USA: Debutantes Houston celebrate first win* **FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year Nadine Angerer conceded her first goal for Portland Thorns as her new club drew 1-1 with Sky Blue FC in front of 2,983 fans. Christie Rampone put Sky Blue ahead in the first half before Allie Long’s penalty drew the Thorns level after the break. With two games played, defending champions Portland remain top of the table with four points in their account.
Elsewhere, league newcomers Houston Dash celebrated their first win after being defeated by the Thorns in the first match of the season, sealing a 3-2 victory over Boston Breakers at Harvard Stadium. A brace from Teresa Noyola and a further goal from Ella Masar gave The Dash the first three points in their short history. Western New York Flash lost their second game against Chicago Red Stars 1-0, while Washington Spirit beat FC Kansas City 3-1.
*Top three: Portland Thorns (4), Seattle Reign, Western New York Flash (3 each)*