Martin Whiteley gives a women’s worldwide round-up of all the happenings across Germany, France and Spain.
Frauen Bundesliga top three back to winning ways
In the opening game of this round of fixtures Wolfsburg registered their 10th league win of the season after a 7-0 success away to Bayer Leverkusen. The visitors came out with purpose after being held to a draw last time out and three goals in the opening 20 minutes put them in control. Pernille Harder bagged a hat-trick as the leaders moved onto 31 points and stretched their unbeaten start in league play to 11 games. The loss for the hosts was their second in a row and leaves them on nine points. Bayer also ended with 10 players after Lena Uebach picked up a second yellow card with just under 20 minutes left.
Second-place Hoffenheim made it eight league games unbeaten to move to 28 points after defeating Turbine Potsdam 5-1 on home soil. The hosts did fall behind early on, but a hat-trick from Nicole Billa and two goals by Isabella Hartig turned the game in their favour.
Bayern Munich hosted SGS Essen in the game of the round. Munich came into this contest on 22 points and third in the table. The visitors three points and a place below their opponents. Goalless at the break, a double from Lineth Beerensteyn sealed the points for the home side, who are now unbeaten in their last five Frauen Bundesliga contests.
Victory for Primera División Femenina leaders extends advantage
Barcelona made it eight straight league wins to advance onto 28 points after a 4-0 success away against Valencia. Alexia grabbed two goals as the leaders moved three points clear at the top of the table.
Second in the table Atletico Madrid had their six-game league winning run end after being held to a 2-2 draw away from home against second from bottom side Real Betis. Missing Toni Duggan, it could have been worse for Atletico had Ludmila not scored an 83rd-minute equaliser.
Deportivo de La Coruña ended their two-game losing run with a 2-1 win at home to Sevilla. The victory for the third-place side moves them onto 22 points.
Parent company of Lyon negotiating to buy NWSL side
Feminine Division 1 action may have taken a break over the weekend, but there was still off-field news concerning both Lyon and women’s football announced in France this past week. On Monday 25th November a statement was released saying that OL Groupe, the parent company of Lyon, had entered into exclusive negotiations to purchase Reign FC.
Current Reign FC majority owners Teresa Predmore and Bill Predmore would retain a minority stake in the club after the sale and Bill Predmore will serve as the CEO of Reign FC.
Both parties hope to conclude the deal by the end of January 2020.
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