Season finale loom, France’s big two meet

INAC Kobe Leonessa’s three-year Old School RS Gold as Nadeshiko League queens has ended with three rounds of the season remaining. Japan superstars Homare Sawa and Aya Miyama netted for Leonessa and Okayama Yunogo Belle respectively as the pair played out a 1-1 draw. The result saw the latter – winner of the opening stage of the season – slip three points off the pace with three rounds remaining. Urawa Red Diamonds were the major winners from the weekend collecting a 2-1 home win over JEF United to move closer to their first title for five years. NTV Beleza saw their hopes all but evaporate with a 2-1 home loss against Albirex Niigata. Meanwhile, FC Speranza have earned promotion to the top flight in place of FC Kibi, while Nittaidai FC will play-off against Iga FC Kunoichi for the final berth. Top three: Urawa Red Diamonds (20 points), Okayama Yunogo Belle (17), NTV Beleza (15) France: Titans collide All roads led to Lyon’s Stade de Gerland on Saturday as the champions hosted title aspirants Paris Saint-Germain in front of over 10,000 spectators. Once again Lyon narrowly saw off their rivals although it took a second-half winner from Ada Hegerberg to secure all three points and a 2-1 win. The Norwegian forward is the top-scorer in her first season in France with 13 goals. The two teams had traded early goals with Lotta Schelin netting for the home side, and Aurelie Kaci for the capital club. The win pushes Lyon three points clear at the summit and continues the club’s winning form against PSG. The Parisians, however, will not have to wait long for a chance at revenge, with the pair to meet again in an upcoming UEFA Women’s Champions League tie. Top three: Lyon (32), PSG (29), Juvisy (26) Australia: Perth bound for glory Perth Glory have moved seven points clear at the top to put one hand on the premiership. Once again their rivals faltered with traditional contenders Sydney FC, Brisbane Roar and Canberra United all failing to win. Perth, though, needed to come from behind to secure a 3-1 win over last season’s champions Melbourne Victory. New Glory signing Caitlin Foord – winner of the Best Young Player at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup™ – capped a player of the match showing with a superb solo goal. Traditional rivals Sydney FC and Brisbane Roar battled to a 1-1 stalemate, highlighted by a spectacular last-gasp equaliser by the former’s American striker Jasmyne Spencer. The result leaves second-placed Sydney FC further adrift of top spot, while Brisbane remain bottom despite an all-star line-up. Top three: Perth Glory (21), Sydney FC (14), Canberra United (13)

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