In the latest meeting of Germany's UEFA Women's Champions League contenders 1. FFC Frankfurt turned the tables on 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam in some style while Olympique Lyonnais narrowly avoided a rare defeat and Arsenal LFC ended their Japanese tour unbeaten.
Frankfurt are fourth in the Frauen-Bundesliga six points adrift of leaders Potsdam, who beat their rivals 2-0 away last month. That was the second in a run of three straight league losses for Frankfurt but in Sunday's German Cup quarter-final the holders overcame Potsdam 5-1.
Despite the loss of Fatmire Bajramaj to injury in the warm-up, goals from Gina Lewandowski, Svenja Huth and Saskia Bartusiak put Frankfurt three up at the break. Kerstin Garefrekes and Jessica Landström added to the lead before Viola Odebrecht's late consolation for a Potsdam side who also lost to Frankfurt in last season's final. Also in the semis are FC Bayern München, Hamburger SV and FCR 2001 Duisburg.
Both Potsdam's UEFA Women's Champions League quarter-final opponents FC Rossiyanka and Frankfurt's opponents, FC Malmö, have ended their fixtures for the year, respectively top in Russia and title-winners in Sweden. European champions Lyon, meanwhile, are still in action and missed the chance to return to the French summit on Saturday.
Almost 4,000 fans were at Stade de Gerland to see Lyon welcome leaders FCF Juvisy Essonne, who went ahead through Gaëtane Thiney's penalty. Eugénie Le Sommer levelled for dominant Lyon with seven minutes left to maintain their unbeaten league record since 15 March 2010, but they remain a point behind with one round of matches left before the winter break.
Lyon's quarter-final opponents Brøndby IF began theirs three points clear of Fortuna Hjørring in Denmark, but one side preparing for the last eight, Arsenal, have been busy despite their season having long ended. They have been on a tour of Japan, drawing 1-1 with league winners INAC Kobe and beating Mushashigoka College 5-0 and NTV Beleza 3-1. The Gunners meet Swedish runners-up Göteborg FC in the quarter-finals, played on 14/15 and 21/22 March.
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