Bayern Women resume Bundesliga campaign with victory at home to Eintracht
FC Bayern Women resumed their Bundesliga campaign with a 2-1 win at home to Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday afternoon. After last week’s game against Turbine Potsdam was postponed due to a frozen pitch, Die Frauen finally got their league season back under way.
Glódís Perla Viggósdóttir put the hosts ahead on 25 minutes in front of a crowd of 2,500 at the FC Bayern Campus. Lea Schüller doubled the advantage with her sixth goal of the season with 79 minutes gone, before Lara Prasnikar quickly got one back to set up a grandstand finish before it ended 2-1 to Bayern. The victory takes FCB into second place on 28 points, two above Eintracht. The gap to leaders Wolfsburg is five.
Debut for new signing
Tuva Hansen, who joined from Brann during the winter break, started on her competitive debut for club. Coach Alexander Straus had an almost fully fit squad to choose from, apart from long-term absentees Giulia Gwinn (cruciate ligament) and Jovana Damnjanovic (torn muscle).
Minute’s silence for earthquake victims
Before kick-off, the two teams gathered to pay their respects to the victims of the earthquake in Turkey and Syria. The sides also wore black armbands.
Tight lead at the break
Bayern started the game well and forced goalkeeper Stina Johannes into an early save with Schüller’s effort from a narrow angle. Yet the visitors looked to have a go, creating an end-to-end encounter. It was then centre-back Viggósdóttir who broke the deadlock midway through the first half when she headed in Klara Bühl’s corner. Bayern started to control proceedings more, with captain Lina Magull just missing the chance to make it 2-0 from Carolin Simon’s delivery. It was a tight but deserved lead for FCB at the break.
Exciting second half
Things continued in a similar pattern after the restart, with Bayern dominating the action. However, chances of note were in short supply. Bühl was denied by Johannes with a free-kick on 71 minutes. Just a few seconds later, substitute Sara Doorsoun cleared a fizzed Simon cross just wide of her own goal. Top scorer Simon finally doubled the advantage when running onto Maximiliane Rall’s through ball, but Eintracht kept things interesting when Prasnikar put away a corner with eight minutes to go. However, FCB held on to claim a 2-1 win.
International break then Potsdam
Die Frauen are now off to join their respective countries for the first international break of 2023. They then return to Bundesliga action with their re-arranged Potsdam fixture at 13:00 CET on Saturday, 25 February.
FC Bayern Munich 2-1 Eintracht Frankfurt
Grohs - Hansen, Tainara, Viggósdóttir, Simon - Stanway, Zadrazil - Magull (Dallmann 68'), Lohmann (Rall 75'), Bühl - Schüller (Kumagai 87')
Benkarth - Rall, Bragstad, Kett, Vilhjálmsdóttir, Laurent, Rudelić
Johannes - Küver, Kleinherne, Nüsken, Hanshaw - Pawollek (Doorsoun 68'), Freigang, Dunst (Wamser 75') - Reuteler, Anyomi (Martinez 75'), Prašnikar
Bösl - Kirchberger, Hechler, Köster, Johann, Feiersinger
Dr. Riem Hussein (Bad Harzburg)
2,500 (sold out)
1-0 Viggósdóttir (25'), 2-0 Schüller (79'), 2-1 Prašnikar (82')
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