With five matches left to play in Germany’s Bundesliga, FFC Frankfurt, Turbine Potsdam and VfL Wolfsburg are all still in the hunt for the title. Meanwhile, Seattle Reign continued to set the pace in the USA, while Rosengard returned to the summit of Sweden’s top flight. FIFA.com brings you the highlights of another fascinating week in women’s football.
*Germany: Wolfsburg back in the title race, Frankfurt win the DFB Cup *The battle for the Bundesliga title continues apace, with VFL Wolfsburg back in the mix for the championship after defeating Turbine Potsdam 2-0 at home and reducing the gap between themselves and the leading pair 1. FFC Frankfurt and Potsdam to just one point. The Wolves made the most of Turbine striker Genoveva Anonoma’s early dismissal after just 15 minutes for unsporting behaviour, with Nadine Kessler and Selina Wagner scoring to give VfL their 14th win of the season.
While the race for the championship title remains wide open, Frankfurt celebrated their first title of the season by winning the DFB Cup for the ninth time in the club’s history. Coach Colin Bell’s side overcame SGS Essen 3-0 in the final in front of a crowd of 16,621 at Cologne’s RheinEnergieStadion, with Kozue Ando, Peggy Kuznik and Simone Laudehr on target for the victors.
“Today is one of the most special days in my 25-year coaching career,” said Bell after his team’s triumph. “But my very special thanks go to my players because a coach is nothing without a team. We’ve been working towards this since the start of the season and we still have more to do.”
Top three: FFC Frankfurt, Turbine Potsdam (47 points each), VfL Wolfsburg (46)
*USA: Seattle continue their perfect run *In the NWSL, Seattle Reign continued their unstoppable winning streak with a narrow 3-2 victory over Kansas City. Seattle began the match with a bang, taking a 2-0 lead after just 20 minutes thanks to a goal from Kendall Fletcher and Kim Little’s penalty. Lauren Holiday’s spot-kick and a further strike from Erika Tymrak brought Kansas back into the game before Keelin Winters scored the winner for the north-western side. The triumph preserves Seattle’s status as undisputed league leaders as the sides below them continue to jostle for position. Western New York Flash dropped to fifth place after a 3-2 reverse to Washington Spirit, while Chicago Red Stars moved up to second with a resounding 4-1 victory over Boston Breakers.
Top three: Seattle Reign FC (21), Chicago Red Stars (13), Portland Thorns FC (11)
*England: Chelsea and Arsenal suffer defeats *England’s Women’s Super League (WSL) is slowly gathering pace, with Chelsea Ladies suffering their first defeat of the campaign as the current season entered its third weekend. Hosts Birmingham emerged as 2-1 winners against their visitors from London. Elsewhere, defending champions Liverpool missed out on a chance to go top after a scoreless draw with early leaders Notts County. Arsenal, for their part, find themselves propping up the table after a 1-0 loss to Manchester City, although they have played one game less than their rivals and can make up ground with a win against Birmingham on Wednesday.
Top three: Notts County Ladies FC, Liverpool Ladies (5 each), Chelsea Ladies FC (4)
*Sweden: Rosengard return to the top of the table *The championship favourites once again head the league standings in Sweden’s Damallsvenskan. With six matches now played, Rosengard are enjoying the view from the top after a 2-1 win against Kristianstads DFF in the Skane derby followed by a resounding 3-0 defeat of newly promoted Eskilstuna. Anja Mittag, Ramona Bachmann and Elin Rubensson were on target for the leaders, who have now won five of their first six fixtures this season. Umea IK sit just below the reigning champions after a 6-1 rout of Vittsjo that left their opponents in the relegation zone. Meanwhile, AIK FF moved out of danger with a 3-2 win over Jitex.
Top three: FC Rosengard (15), Umea IK FF, Eskilstuna United DFF (11)