It’s been a last-minute madness this week as domestic football across the continent has resumed after a busy international break.
From dramatic stoppages to shocking results, we take a look back at all of this weekend’s European events, as well as previewing what’s yet to come.
The best players of the week
Katie Zelem (Manchester United)
Zelem’s two superb assists helped her side take all three points against previously undefeated Arsenal.
Her first set-up came from a perfectly positioned long-range free-kick that landed with a Millie Turner header, and her second came from a corner kick that resulted in Alessia Russo’s victory in the minute of stoppage
Zelem’s mastery of two perfect set-pieces in a game of such high intensity resulted in easy finishes for both of her teammates.
Bruno Vilamala (Barcelona)
The Spanish striker has returned to club football after 392 days out after suffering an cruciate ligament injury. Although the 20-year-old was not in the starting eleven, she made herself felt after entering the field in the 70th minute.
After more than a year out of action, Vilamala looked set to return to her team as her setup for teammate Geyse led Barcelona to their eighth and final goal of the match.
Vilamala will be looking to make up for lost time as Barcelona wait for their Champions League match against Bayern Munich in midweek.
The best games of the week
Arsenal 2 – 3 Manchester United
Manchester United ended Arsenal’s unbeaten streak with a dramatic 3-2 victory over the Gunners in a packed Emirates Stadium.
It was Ella Toone who opened the scoring just before the half-time break, only for Arsenal to come out struggling with a rebounded equalizer one minute into the second half. Tempers intensified in the second half when United boss Marc Skinner was shown a yellow card by the referee after his reaction to a period of violent attacks between the two sides.
In the 71st minute, Arsenal’s Wienroither burst into the net after a brilliant cross by Katie McCabe and scored 2-1 for the hosts. Just over ten minutes later, Katie Zelem’s brilliant free kick hit Millie Turner’s header to level Manchester United.
Zinsberger was forced to make two difficult saves in the final ten minutes as Man United desperately hunted for the winning goal, and it was only in the 91st minute that the visitors won.
AC Milan 3-3 Como Women
AC Milan did not come close to rivals Inter in fourth as they narrowly missed all three points at home to ninth-placed Como Women.
The hosts started confidently as Lindsey Thomas secured a goal within 22 minutes. Milan looked calm after Thomas’ first goal and controlled the game well. The 27-year-old doubled her team’s lead with a low shot. Just minutes before the break, Como Women battled for Julia Karlernas to make it 2-1.
Confident Milan started the second half with some great chances, but it wasn’t until Laura Fusetti’s header in the 55th minute that the hosts scored a third goal. Twenty minutes later, Tucceri Cimini failed to make it 4-1 from the penalty spot before Como attacked from the opposite side of the pitch. Chiara Beccari scored second for Como to equalize at 3-2.
After a late effort from Milan’s Bergamaschi, Como Women were awarded a penalty in the third minute of added time. Giulia Rizzon’s first try was saved by Giuliani, but she made a rebound shot to secure Como a draw and the all-important point.
The best results of the week
Chelsea 3-0 Tottenham
With Emma Hayes back from extended sick leave, the Blues took advantage of Arsenal’s weekend defeat. Their victory saw them move three points clear at the top of the WSL standings.
Barcelona 8-0 Alaves
The reigning La Liga F champions continued to maintain their dominance as seven different players were on the scoresheet in an 8-0 win over Alaves.
Freiburg 0-3 Bayern Munich
With a dominant 3-0 win, Bayern Munich are hot on the heels of second-placed Frankfurt, who are just one point behind the top two.
The best games of the coming week
From the Champions League to the FA Women’s League Cup to the domestic leagues, this week is full of exciting competitions and fixtures.
Here are some key links to watch out for…
Wednesday November 23
Chelsea v Real Madrid 21:00 CET – Champions League
Thursday November 24
Juventus v Arsenal 21:00 CET – Champions League
Barcelona v Bayern Munich 18:45 CET – Champions League
Saturday November 26
Eintracht Frankfurt – Leverkusen: 14:00 CET – Frauen Bundesliga
Fiorentina v AC Milan: 14:30 CET – Serie A Women
Sunday November 27
Tottenham v Coventry United: 15:00 CET – FA Women’s League Cup
Manchester City v Sunderland 13:00 CET – FA Women’s League Cup
West Ham – Birmingham City 16:00 CET – FA Women’s League Cup
Lyon – Paris FC: 16:00 CET – Ligue 1 FeminineBayern Munich – SGS Essen: 16:00 CET – Frauen Bundesliga
Atletico Madrid – Barcelona: 16:30 CET – La Liga F