Potsdam lose to Bayern in League Cup final

FC Bayern München beat 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam to win the Frauen-Bundesliga Cup while Olympique Lyonnais had a free weekend ahead of Thursday's final in London.

Potsdam's Inka Wesley (centre) in action against Bayern
Potsdam's Inka Wesley (centre) in action against Bayern ©Getty Images

UEFA Women's Champions League finalists failed to add the Frauen-Bundesliga Cup to their German title following a 2-1 loss to FC Bayern München.

Both teams had won all five group games on their way to the final of the competition, held as the league had ended early to allow German national team players lengthy FIFA Women's World Cup preparations. They were not involved in the competition, meaning Potsdam were missing Babett Peter, Anja Mittag, Bianca Schmidt, Fatmire Bajramaj and Josephine Henning as well as Japan's Yuki Nagasato for the hour-long fixture in Ingolstadt.

Julia Simic struck on 11 minutes for Bayern direct from a free-kick. Jennifer Zietz equalised in the 22nd minute from the penalty spot after Isabel Kerschowski was fouled but Simic produced another free-kick just before half-time to seal victory.

Olympique Lyonnais, who Potsdam face on Thursday in London, were not in action having failed to make the French Cup final, where RC Saint-Étienne beat Montpellier Hérault SC 3-2 on penalties following a 0-0 draw. Lyon have won all 21 of their league games, and will aim to complete a perfect season next Sunday at Toulouse FC, while Montpellier need a draw at Paris Saint-Germain FC to prevent the capital club pipping them to next season's UEFA Women's Champions League in second.

The side knocked out of Europe in the last four by Lyon, Arsenal LFC, regained the FA Women's Cup on Saturday with a 2-0 defeat of Bristol Academy WFC in Coventry, Kim Little and Julie Fleeting striking in the first half. That competition acted as England's qualifier for the UEFA Women's Champions League due to the April start for the FA Women's Super League, meaning Bristol will make their European debut in the round of 32 next season.