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WoSo Around the World: New leaders in England

Another week is in the books, and our eyes remain fixed on England. Here’s what you need to know from the past week in Europe’s top women’s leagues:

England

W L D GF GA PTS
Chelsea 8 0 2 30 6 26
Manchester United 8 1 2 28 11 26
Arsenal 7 2 2 39 9 23
Manchester City 6 1 3 30 9 21
Everton 5 3 2 21 15 17
Reading 3 4 5 14 21 14
Tottemham Hotspur 3 4 3 13 18 12
Birmingham City 3 5 1 9 13 10
Brighton & Hove Albion 2 6 3 7 19 9
West Ham United 2 7 1 13 24 7
Aston Villa 2 7 0 8 24 6
Bristol City 0 9 2 6 49 2

The latest: Chelsea edged past Manchester United, 2-1 on Sunday to forget into the league lead on goal difference. The Blues also have a match in hand. Fran Kirby broke a 1-1 tie in just four minutes after Lauren James equalized for Man United in the 61st minute. Pernille Harder also scored for Chelsea. Arsenal had to settle for a 1-1 draw away to Reading but the equalizer was scored by Golden Boot leader Vivianne Miedema. The goal was her 12th, four clear of Kirby, with Sam Kerr (Chelsea) and Jill Roord (Arsenal) on seven goals.

France

W L D GF GA PTS
Paris Saint-Germain 11 0 1 47 2 34
Lyon 11 1 0 43 4 33
Bordeaux 7 3 2 25 13 23
Montpellier 6 5 1 16 20 19
Paris FC 5 4 3 21 17 18
Fleury 91 5 3 3 11 16 18
Guingamp 5 6 1 19 18 16
Dijon 4 6 1 12 20 13
Stade de Reims 3 7 2 16 23 11
Soyaux 2 9 1 7 26 7
Issy 2 9 0 8 53 6
Le Havre 1 9 1 10 23 4

The latest: PSG stayed on top, but just barely after a 1-0 win against Bordeaux last Friday. Sarah Dabritz had the goal late in the first half. Lyon held steady with a 3-0 win over Stade de Reims. The March 13 showdown in Lyon looms as the match of the year in France. The PSG-Bordeaux match featured the top two scorers in the league but neither Khadija “Bunny” Shaw of Bordeaux or Marie-Antoinette Katoto of PSG found the back of the net. Shaw continues to set the pace, with 14 goals to 13 Katoto’s 13.

Spain

W L D GF GA PTS
Barcelona 11 0 0 62 2 33
Real Madrid 10 3 1 33 14 31
Levante 10 3 1 31 15 31
Granadilla Tenerife 9 3 3 26 14 30
Atletico Madrid 8 2 4 28 13 28
Real Sociedad 8 4 2 23 16 26
Sevilla 6 4 5 18 18 23
Madrid 7 5 1 19 13 22
Eibar 6 6 2 17 20 20
Valencia 4 5 5 23 27 17
Rayo Vallecano 4 6 3 12 19 15
Athletic Club 3 7 5 15 20 14
Espanyol 4 9 2 11 30 14
Sporting de Huelva 2 7 5 8 21 11
Logrono 2 7 4 12 23 10
Santa Teresa 3 9 1 6 33 10
Real Betis 2 11 1 10 31 7
Deportivo de La Caruna 2 10 1 16 40 7

The latest: Barcelona continue to remain virtually unchallenged, and while their lead is two points, they have at least three matches in hand on the next six teams in the table and have played fewer matches than any other rival. The spring drama may be to see if Atletico Madrid can recover enough to snag a Champions League bid. In the Golden Boot race, Esther Gonzalez of Levante has opened up a 15-10 lead on Atletico’s Ludmila. A trio of well-known players — Kosovare Asllani (Real Madrid), Jenni Hermoso (Barcelona), and Asisat Oshoala (Barcelona) all have nine goals.

Germany

W L D GF GA PTS
Bayern Munich 12 0 0 40 1 36
Wolfsburg 10 1 1 39 9 31
Hoffenheim 8 3 1 34 15 25
Turbine Potsdam 7 3 1 19 19 22
Bayer Leverkusen 6 4 2 18 17 20
Eintracht Frankfurt 5 5 2 24 13 17
Freiburg 4 5 3 11 15 14
SGS Essen 4 6 2 17 19 14
Werder Bremen 3 8 0 13 34 9
Meppen 1 8 3 6 32 6
SC Sand 2 10 0 7 37 6
MSV Duisburg 0 9 3 8 35 3

The latest: Bayern Munich look to be in command but a slip-up could make their trip to Wolfsburg on May 6 a title-decider. Of more immediate concern for Wolfsburg, they will restart the season home to Hoffenheim on Feb. 14. As for the Golden Boot, Austrian Nicole Billa of Hoffenheim leads the way with 14 tallies. Laura Freigang from Frankfurt is the chaser on 11.

More from Americans and NWSL players

Sam Kerr played the first 70 minutes in Chelsea’s all-important win over Manchester United. Read more here. Christen Press (NWSL rights with Louisville) started the played 55 minutes for Manchester United. Tobin Heath (NWSL rights with Louisville) was an unused sub for United and her coach said she was carrying a minor injury… Sam Mewis (NWSL rights with Courage) and Rose Lavelle (NWSL rights Reign) missed Manchester City’s 7-0 thrashing of Aston Villa to participate in U.S. camp. Abby Dahlkemper (Courage) signed with Manchester City last week but has yet to report. She is also in with the U.S. for two games against Colombia…

Alanna Kennedy (NWSL rights with Louisville) and Shelina Zadorsky (Pride) both played 90 minutes for Tottenham, 1-0 winners over West Ham United. Emily Van Egmond (Pride) played 90 for West Ham but Rachel Daly (Dash) saw her loan come to an end… Claire Emslie (previously with Pride) remains injured and was not available for Everton, who were just fine without her, downing Bristol City 4-0… Jess Fishlock (Reign) played 82 minutes and saw a yellow card in Reading FC’s 1-1 draw to Arsenal. Caitlin Foord (NWSL rights with Louisville) entered in the 69th minute for Arsenal… Rachel Corsie (Kansas City) has been called back from her loan with Birmingham City.

Darian Jenkins (Kansas City) played the last eight minutes for Bordeaux in the 1-0 loss to Paris Saint-Germain… Jodie Taylor (Courage) was an unused sub and Celia Jimenez Delgado (Reign) has still yet to be in the 18 for Lyon, who kept pace with PSG by beating Stade de Reims 3-0. Catarina Macario recently signed with Lyon but is in camp with the United States… Evelyne Viens (Sky Blue) had a goal and assist for Paris FC, who downed Soyaux, 3-0. Kaleigh Riehl (Louisville) played all 90 for Paris.


— Isabella Valeriano Munson contributed to this report

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