Martin Whiteley gives a women’s worldwide round-up of all the happenings across Germany, France and Spain.
Wolfsburg drop first Frauen Bundesliga points
For the second week in a row Wolfsburg faced Bayern Munich and after knocking them out of the cup last week, Wolfsburg were looking for more success in the league. The hosts took an early lead, but Bayern equalised after 77 minutes. The draw for Wolfsburg sees them remain three points clear at the top of the table despite their nine league match winning streak coming to an end. The draw for third-place Bayern moves them onto 22 points.
Second-placed Hoffenheim travelled to FFC Frankfurt with the form of both sides greatly contrasting. The hosts had only won one of their last four league games while Hoffenheim had won their last six league matches. Despite their recent struggles it was FFC Frankfurt who established a 2-0 lead midway through the second half before Hoffenheim scored twice in a four-minute spell to steal a point.
Fourth-placed SGS Essen closed the gap on Bayern Munich to three points after a 5-0 victory at home to Freiburg.
Lyon maintain unbeaten Feminine Division 1 run
Table-toppers Lyon moved to 28 points after a 4-0 win away to Soyaux. Nikita Parris joined regular English starters Lucy Bronze and Alex Greenwood and she responded by getting the second goal.
After their first loss of the season last week against Lyon, PSG got back to winning ways with a 3-1 victory away to Reims keeping the Parisian side within three points of the leaders.
The postponed home game between Montpellier and Guingamp saw the hosts drop a place in the table to fourth with Bordeaux the team to profit as they moved to 21 points — two clear of Montpellier — after a 3-0 win away to Paris FC.
Play resumes as Primera División Femenina strike suspended to allow further discussion
An agreement was reached to suspend strike action to 20th December to allow further talks to take place. The Association of Women’s Players (AFE) made the announcement after a meeting was held at the headquarters of the Interconfederal Mediation and Arbitration Service on 18th November.
The AFE added that striking on matchday nine over the weekend of the 16th/17th November had accomplished its objective. The industrial action had also been key and decisive in bringing negotiation positions to the table as work continues towards reaching an agreement that would benefit all parties.
In the league, Barcelona were at home to Deportivo de La Coruña, with both teams being level on points until Deportivo had lost their last game 4-1 against Atletico Madrid. Despite having hardly any possession, Deportivo were able to hold Barcelona at bay until just past the midway point of the first half before the pressure the hosts were exerting finally resulted in goals and by the interval they had opened up a 3-0 lead. A further brace in the opening three minutes of the second half saw Caroline Graham Hansen complete her hat-trick as the hosts finished won 6-1. The victory for Barcelona was their seventh straight league success and moved them onto 25 points with Deportivo six points behind them.
England international Toni Duggan started for Atletico Madrid as they won their sixth successive league match 3-0 against Espanyol to stay one point behind Barca.
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