Date: 22nd August 2016 at 2:23pm
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With no Women’s Super League fixtures this week, all eyes were on Rio, where Germany and Sweden faced off for the Olympic gold medal in women’s football.

Chelsea’s Hedvig Lindahl had been the hero in Sweden’s semi-final shoot-out against Brazil, saving two penalties; and although Manchester City’s Kosovore Asllani also missed her spot-kick, they still managed to secure a 4-3 win.

They had to settle for silver in the final, though, beaten 2-1 by Silvia Neid’s team, which included Arsenal centre-half Josephine Henning.

The England Lionesses, not involved in the Olympic competition, enjoyed a week-long training camp at St George’s Park and Bisham Abbey, beginning their preparations for the 2017 European Championships.

It was not all hard work, though; they took a trip to the West End, visiting the hit musical Les Miserables, and played a round of golf as well.

The Women’s Premier League – the tier under the WSL – got under way this weekend.

In the Northern Division, the newly-named Fylde Ladies (formerly Preston North End Women) beat Leicester City 4-0, while last season’s national play-off runners-up West Bromwich Albion (formerly Sporting Club Albion) suffered a heavy 6-0 defeat away to Middlesbrough.

Lewes came back from two goals down to thrash West Ham 7-2 in the Southern Division, and Charlton started as they mean to go on, beating Swindon by four goals to nil.

And finally, there was delightful news for Notts County’s Sophie Walton (Pictured) and her partner Jake Cassidy of Oldham – they welcomed a baby boy, Alfie-J, weighing 8lb 11oz.

Pic Steve Parkin 07540051171Notts Co's Sophie Walton

Photo: Steve Parkin / Offside.

* ‘The Roar of the Lionesses: Women’s Football in England’ is out now – available in all good bookshops *

 
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