This week Martin Whiteley is back with a women’s worldwide round-up of all the happenings across Germany, France and Spain.
Goal-fest for top three Frauen-Bundesliga sides
Wolfsburg secured their ninth-straight league win after an 8-0 victory away against Freiburg. Pernille Harder scored a hat-trick and Ewa Pajor grabbed a brace for the leaders.
Lena Lattwein netted a brace as Hoffenheim moved to 24 points after a 4-0 success away to Duisburg. The victory for second-place Hoffenheim was their sixth on the bounce and keeps them just three points behind Wolfsburg.
Not to be outdone by the top two, third in the table Bayern Munich were also proficient in front of goal, as they advanced to 21 points. Jovana Damnjanović and Melanie Leupolz each with a brace as Bayern won 5-2 at home against Cologne.
As well as the international break there is the Round of 16 of the DFB-Pokal Frauen to be played before the Frauen-Bundesliga gets back underway.
Change of leadership in France
A 3-0 success by Lyon away to Montpellier on Saturday moved them to 22 points and back to the Feminine Division 1 summit. Lucy Bronze and Alex Greenwood started for Lyon; Nikita Parris came on in the second half. The defeat for third in the table Montpellier ended a run of four games unbeaten and keeps them on 16 points.
On Sunday PSG took to the field looking for their eighth straight league win to reclaim the top position, but Guingamp had other ideas and were able to fight back and gain a 1-1 draw.
Their first dropped points saw PSG remain in second place in the table, level on points with Lyon.
Another significant twist in the French title race could also happen relatively quickly too, as in the first round of fixtures after the international break Lyon entertains PSG.
Fourth-place Bordeaux got to within one point of Montpellier after they got back to winning ways with a 4-1 success at home to Soyaux.
Strike action looms as Barcelona move clear at top of Primera División Femenina
It was announced this week by the Association of Spanish Footballers that no agreement with the Association of Women’s Football Clubs had been reached. Therefore, indefinite strike action by the Primera División Femenina players would begin on the weekend of November 16-17.
In what could be the last round of games for a while, leaders Barcelona gained their sixth consecutive league victory — the last five without even conceding a goal. Two goals just before the interval put Barcelona in control, but they had to wait until the 88th-minute to add to their tally.
Jennifer Hermoso scored a brace in the space of a minute. Kheira Hamraoui with the final Barcelona goal moments later, as they defeated Levante at home to move to 22 points.
Third-place Atletico Madrid were at home to the team just above them in the table, Deportivo de La Coruña in the game of the round.
At the end of the day it was Atletico who were celebrating, as they moved up to second with 21 points after a 4-1 victory.
After opening her account for her new club in their last league game Toni Duggan grabbed another brace for the winners. The loss for Deportivo de La Coruña ended their unbeaten start to the season and keeps them on 19 points.
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