UEFA Women's Champions League finalists VfL Wolfsburg and Tyresö FF began the build-up to their 22 May showdown in Lisbon by returning to winning ways in their domestic competitions.
Tyresö, who overcame Birmingham City LFC eight days ago to make the final on their first European entry, visited Jitex BK on Wednesday hoping to get off the mark in the Damallsvenskan after two opening defeats where they fielded under-strength teams. Their first-choice players were in action this time and Marta struck twice in a 3-0 win either side of a Line Røddik goal. A draw for Eskilstuna United DFF and defeat for FC Rosengård (formerly FCR Malmö) means after four rounds no side has a 100% record in Sweden.
Wolfsburg are further into the Frauen Bundesliga season and recorded two crucial victories, prevailing 2-1 at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim on Thursday thanks to a Martina Müller winner and 3-0 against Bayer 04 Leverkusen on Sunday, Nadine Kessler scoring twice. Wolfsburg remain in third, four points behind the side they knocked out of Europe in the semi-finals – 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam – and unbeaten 1. FFC Frankfurt, who have four games left to their main rivals' five. That game in hand is a 16 May showdown between Wolfsburg and Potsdam six days before the Lisbon final.
Elsewhere in Europe next season's UEFA Women's Champions League continues to takes shape, and Italy will be represented by this term's quarter-finalists ASD Torres CF and newcomers ACF Brescia. Both won this weekend to move out of reach of third-placed UPC Tavagnacco with a game to go, and the leading pair meet next Sunday for the title with home side Brescia needing a draw to end Torres's four-year reign as champions and claim a maiden Serie A crown.
In England, Arsenal LFC avenged their UEFA Women's Champions League quarter-final elimination by Birmingham by beating the same team 2-1 away in the last eight of the FA Women's Cup despite, just as in Europe, falling behind to a Remi Allen goal. Responses from Kelly Smith, a penalty, and Freda Ayisi mean holders Arsenal now face Chelsea LFC in Sunday's semi-finals while Notts County LFC play Everton LFC. In next season's UEFA Women's Champions League, England will be represented by 2013 FA Women's Super League champions Liverpool LFC and runners-up Bristol Academy WFC.
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