A 2-0 win at fellow quarter-finalists 1. FFC Frankfurt has left 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam clear in Germany while Olympique Lyonnais and Brøndby IF had happy weekends ahead of the draw.
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A 2-0 win at fellow UEFA Women's Champions League quarter-finalists 1. FFC Frankfurt has left 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam clear at the top in Germany while Olympique Lyonnais and Brøndby IF had happy weekends ahead of Thursday's draw.
Going into Sunday's game Potsdam had won all eight of their fixtures while Frankfurt had dropped their first three points the previous weekend at SC Freiburg. Within 13 minutes Frankfurt were two down though Jennifer Cramer and Anja Mittag, and that was how it ended, title holders Potsdam moving five points clear of Turbine and Frankfurt's fellow former European champions FCR 2001 Duisburg, who had beaten FC Bayern München 3-1 on Saturday to move into second place.
Lyon, meanwhile, find themselves in the unusual position of second in France following two recent draws. However the UEFA Women's Champions League holders eased to a 6-0 win at Yzeure Allier Auvergne FF on Sunday with a Louisa Necib hat-trick in the last 12 minutes. Lyon remain within a point of FCF Juvisy Essonne, and in their nine games have scored 56 goals with only once conceded, having the four leading strikers in the division – Lotta Schelin, Eugénie Le Sommer, Camille Abily and Élodie Thomis.
The only other of the quarter-finalists still in domestic action this year are Brøndby, and Sunday's 2-0 win against Odense BK kept them unbeaten and level with Fortuna Hjørring. Brøndby have a game in hand at Ballerup-Skovlunde Fodbodld next weekend to move clear at the winter break.
Also in the draw on Thursday at 12.30CET, which will also set the semi-finals, are English treble-winners Arsenal LFC, Swedish champions FC Malmö and runners-up Göteborg FC and FC Rossiyanka, who at the winter break in the transitional 18-month Russian season are seven points clear of the side they eliminated from the UEFA Women's Champions League, FC Energiya Voronezh.