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Big match ends goalless

FCB Women hold leaders to draw

The FC Bayern Women remain undefeated in the league this season but were forced to settle for a scoreless stalemate at home to Champions League holders and Allianz Women’s Bundesliga leaders VfL Wolfsburg on Sunday afternoon. A record crowd of 2,127 at the Grünwalder Stadium in Munich saw  a 90-minute thriller, but neither the first-placed team nor their chief pursuers were able to muster a goal. FCB remain two points off Wolfsburg, who have still conceded just one goal in 15 league fixtures this term.

Injury deprived Bayern of key players Sarah Romert, Lena Lotzen, Nora Holstad, Mana Iwabuchi and Laura Feiersinger, but the home team still produced a convincing first-half display. The best chance fell to veteran Germany international Melanie Behringer from an indirect free-kick in the box on the half-hour after the Wolves’ keeper was adjudged to have handled a deliberate back pass. Behringer smashed in a drive from seven yards but the ball was hacked off the line.

Wolfsburg upped the tempo and seized control after the break and FCB came under pressure, with Luisa Wensing (52) and rangy striker Alexandra Popp (63) coming perilously close for the visitors. Bayern found new impetus towards the end and more than held their own, but the best chance of the afternoon fell to Wolfsburg’s Martina Müller with a minute to play: the striker fired goalwards from point-blank range but saw her effort brilliantly turned onto the crossbar and away to safety by FCB keeper Tinja-Riikka Korpela. The result thus duplicated the score in the first meeting between the top teams last autumn.