Tuesday 20 December 2016, 03:35

Copa Libertadores final set, PSG outwit old rivals

Paris Saint-Germain were the big winners in France on Matchday 11, as they went top of the pile by beating Lyon, while Potsdam remain at the summit in Germany and the finalists of this year’s Copa Libertadores Femenina in South America were revealed.

Germany: Potsdam crowned ‘autumn champions’ Matthias Rudolph’s Turbine Potsdam side once again showed the rich vein of form they are in with an 8-0 thrashing of Duisburg in their final game before the winter break. Tabea Kemme, Svenja Huth and Felicitas Rauch all netted a brace, while Anna Gasper and Sarah Zadrazil scored one apiece to maintain the club’s five-point lead at the top. Reigning champions Bayern Munich rounded off the year with a 3-0 win at Essen and now have a two-point cushion over third-placed Freiburg, who beat Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 thanks to goals from Hasret Kayikci and Lina Magull.

Leverkusen, with just six points to their name, occupy a relegation place, while newly-promoted Borussia Mönchengladbach, beaten 4-0 at home by Hoffenheim, prop up the table. The match between last season’s DFB Cup winners Wolfsburg and Jena was postponed after the pitch was deemed unplayable due to hazardous weather conditions. As a result, the Wolves end the year in fourth place. Top three: Turbine Potsdam (30 points), Bayern Munich (25), Freiburg (23)** 

South America: Limpeno and Estudiantes de Guarico in Copa Libertadores final The final of this year’s Copa Libertadores Femenina will see Sportivo Limpeno of Paraguay take on Estudiantes de Guarico of Venezuela. Goals from Rosa Aquino und Marta Maria Aguero Garcia gave Limpeno a 2-0 victory against Brazilian outfit Adi Foz Cataratas in the semi-finals, while Estudiantes beat Colon of Uruguay by the same scoreline. Milagros Mendoza fired the Venezuelan club in front, with Joemar Guarecuco putting the result beyond doubt. The final will be played at the Estadio Alberto Suppici in Uruguay on 20 December.

Australia: Melbourne City suffer second defeat Melbourne City fell to a second loss of the season, as they were beaten 2-1 by Western Sydney Wanderers on Matchday 7, allowing Canberra United and Perth Glory to capitalise. The capital club did so with a 5-1 win over Brisbane Roar to move top of the standings, inflicting the two-time champions’ biggest ever defeat. Perth, meanwhile, ran out deserved 4-1 victors against Adelaide United and are now second on goal difference. Top three: Canberra United, Perth Glory (both 13 points), Melbourne City (12)

France: PSG prevail in clash of titans Leadership of the table in France changed hands after the latest round of games, as Patrice Lair's Paris Saint-Germain defeated Lyon 1-0 to usurp their rivals at the summit. Marie-Laure Delie scored the game’s only goal seven minutes from time, condemning a seemingly unbeatable Lyon side to their first domestic defeat in almost three years. PSG were also the opposition on that day back on 18 January 2014, although Lyon went on to pip their rivals to the title that season. This term, Montpellier remain third after a 2-0 win at Soyaux. The campaign will resume on 15 January after the winter break. Top three: Paris Saint-Germain (30 points), Lyon (27), Montpellier (24)