Meetings between giants of the game in both Germany and France dominated this weekend’s women’s club action. FFC Frankfurt rebounded from their erratic league form to overpower recent nemesis Turbine Potsdam and maintain their DFB Cup ambitions. Across the border in France, local elite Olympique Lyon and FCF Juvisy battled to a stalemate in a red-letter match-up.
FIFA.com’s weekly review of women’s domestic football action also visits Australia where Sydney FC’s goal spree reached unprecedented heights, and to New Zealand where a new name was etched onto the league trophy.
*Germany: Cup revitalises fallen giant *FFC Frankfurt showed the class of champions by reversing their recent poor form in the most emphatic manner imaginable with a 5-1 DFB Cup win over arch-rivals Turbine Potsdam. Frankfurt had slipped to fourth in the league and a quarter-final exit in the cup would have been unimaginable for one of the giants of the women’s game. However Sven Kalert’s star-studded team went 3-0 to the good by half-time against an unusually toothless Turbine, to maintain hopes of retaining their cup crown. Also into the last four are Bayern Munich, who needed penalties to win their tie, and also SC 07 Bad Neuenahr. Meanwhile, high-flying Frauen-Bundesliga side FCR 2001 Duisburg romped to a 7-0 win with Alexandra Popp and Kozue Ando both scoring trebles.
*France: Leaders in stalemate *
All eyes were on the Stade Gerland for one of the highlights of the Feminin D1 season as European champions Olympique Lyon hosted FCF Juvisy. The visitors looked set to escape with an invaluable three points thanks to Gaetane Thiney’s first-half opener, only for Eugenie Le Sommer to crucially restore parity with ten minutes remaining. The draw ensured the status quo remained unchanged at the top with Juvisy staying a point clear of Lyon. Third-placed Montpellier spurned a golden opportunity to close the gap after only managing a 1-1 draw at fourth-placed Paris Saint Germain in another pivotal contest.
*Top three: FCF Juvisy (39), Olympique Lyon (38), Montpellier (37) *
*Australia: Record book rewritten as leaders held *Sydney FC ticked off a number of W-League records in securing a remarkable 11-0 victory over a youthful Perth Glory. A stunning nine-goal burst in the second half was easily enough to erase the competition’s previous highest scoreline of 7-1 achieved last year by Newcastle Jets. Renee Rollason, Kylie Ledbrook and Leena Khamis all bagged hat-tricks in another competition first. It proved a big weekend for the Harbour City club, with the men’s team ending Brisbane Roar’s 36-game unbeaten run. The women’s team can take the competition lead next weekend should they win against leaders Canberra United, who dropped their first points of the campaign in a 2-2 draw at Brisbane Roar.
*Top three: Canberra United (16), Sydney FC (13), Brisbane Roar (11) *
*New Zealand: Coronation for new queens *
A clinical second half performance saw Northern Football clinch a 3-0 win over Waikato Bay of Plenty in the national league final to become the first team from outside either Auckland or Wellington to win the crown. New Zealand international Hannah Wilkinson scored twice in the second half to take her record-breaking golden boot tally to 15, while midfielder Rebecca Burrows added the third in the latter stages after twice hitting the crossbar earlier in the game. The win capped a special year for Wilkinson who featured prominently in Glenfield Rovers’ national cup success, soon after returning from the FIFA Women’s World Cup™.