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Bayern draw with Wolfsburg

The FC Bayern women drew 0-0 with league leaders VfL Wolfsburg in what proved to be an intense match. There were a number of scoring opportunities for both sides in the highly-contested matchup, however strong saves from both goalkeepers ultimately contributed to the fair and deserved draw.

For the first home match of 2015, coach Thomas Wörle trusted the same successful lineup that earned Bayern an away victory at Hoffenheim the week prior. Viktoria Schnaderbeck played for the injured Nora Holstad in central defense. Both teams started showed great intensity from the opening minutes. Apart from a header from Wolfsburg striker and Germany international Alexandra Popp, the first 15 minutes saw many intensive one-on-one situations. In her 50th Bundesliga match for Bayern, captain Melanie Behringer attempted a cross off a corner but was missed by three Bayern players, and the Bayern women were increasingly forced to keep the visitors away from goal. In the 27th minute, Wolfsburg’s Nilla Fischer passed the ball back to goalkeeper Almuth Schult which gave referee Christina Biehl no choice but to award an indirect free-kick. Melanie Behringer attempted a shot off Kathie Stengel’s first touch, however Wolfsburg goalkeeper Almuth Schult  was able to make a superb save. Aside from Vanessa Bürki’s shot (42.) over the net, there were no clear-cut scoring opportunities for FC Bayern before half-time.

The second half began with a great opportunity for Wolfsburg with Luisa Wensing’s header (52.) off of Lena Goeßling’s free-kick, just missing the goal. Bayern appeared more concentrated after Wolfsburg’s wake-up call, and Vanessa Bürki attempted a header close to goal but was stopped by Almuth Schult (56.). The game was balanced as both teams creating scoring opportunities, with Bayern goalkeeper Tinja Korpela saving Martina Müller’s shot in the 65th minute and Wolfsburg goalkeeper Almuth Schult with American Gina Lewandowski’s shot in the 73rd. Sub Vivianne Miedema created an opportunity to score just before the final whistle but the low shot was again saved by Almuth Schult. Goalkeeper Tinja Korpela was able to spare Bayern a goal from Vanessa Bernauer from close range in the 89th minute.

With no further opportunities for either side, the highly-contested Women’s Bundesliga match ended with a fair and deserved draw. Both teams remain unbeaten, and remain in their current positions in the Women’s Bundesliga table, with Bayern in second place (37 points) just after league leaders VfL Wolfsburg (39 points). Frankfurt, currently third in the table, scored two goals in their 2-1 victory at SC Sand.

Coach Thomas Wörle appeared pleased with the result in the post-match press conference: “We can very well live with one point against the current Champions League title-holders and German champs. It was a very, very hard-fought and intense game in which we worked well as a collective. Both teams had their phases during the game, and we had a little bit of luck with the chance just before the end, which we also worked hard for.”

Next game on Sunday

Next Sunday, Thomas Wörle’s team will have the next opportunity to earn important points in the fight for the top of the table as Bayern host seventh-placed Bayer Leverkusen on March 1 at 2 p.m. CET at the Grünwalder Stadion.

To see highlights from the game, visit FCB.tv.

FC Bayern Munich – VfL Wolfsburg 0:0 (0:0)

Stadion an der Grünwalder Straße

Attendance: 2,721

VfL Wolfsburg: Schult, Wensing, Fischer, Peter, Blässe (70. Kerschowski), Popp, Bernauer, Ogimi (56. Faißt), Bunte, Müller (90. Simic), Goeßling

FC Bayern München: Korpela, Lewandowski, Abbe, Behringer, Leupolz, Bürki (60. Beckmann), Stengel (68. Miedema), Brynjarsdottir, Maier, Manieri, Schnaderbeck

Goals: -