Created on 2015-03-01 at 12:30 PM
Thanks to two early goals from Melanie Behringer and Vivianne Miedema, the FC Bayern women were able to rack up a 2-0 victory over Bayer 04 Leverkusen, resulting in an unchanged two-point deficit behind league leaders VfL Wolfsburg.
Vivianne Miedema was able to return to the team last week, just in time for the home match against Bayer Leverkusen. The Dutch ace striker replaced Vanessa Bürki in the starting line-up to form an attacking duo combination with Kathie Stengel. Other than that, coach Thomas Wörle trusted the same players who in the previous week helped earn Bayern a well-deserved point from the draw against league leaders VfL Wolfsburg.
Gina Lewandowski opened up the attack in the 3rd minute with a long-range shot that just passed the visitor’s goal. After a foul by Nina Claassen on Gina Lewandowski in the box, Bayern captain Mel Behringer converted the penalty kick for Bayern’s first goal (11.). Bayern’s 2nd goal came five minutes later, scored by Viv Miedema after a cross from Melly Leupolz (16.). The high pace at the beginning resulted in no scoring opportunities until the 35th minute with Melanie Behringer’s missed long-range shot.
The second half showed a change from the visitors as Leverkusen began putting more pressure, however creating no clear scoring opportunities. Coach Thomas Wörle responded to Leverkusen by making two substitutions, with Eunice Beckmann and Melike Pekel coming on for Kathie Stengel and goal-scorer Vivanne Miedema. Leverkusen continued to put pressure throughout the second half, though ultimately Bayern left the pitch with a deserved three points in hand. As a result, the FC Bayern women remain in second place (40 pts.) behind table-toppers VfL Wolfsburg (42 pts.); third (1. FFC Frankfurt) and fourth place (Turbine Potsdam) follow closely behind with 37 points each.
Bayern coach Thomas Wörle complimented the visitors from Leverkusen during the subsequent post-match press conference, saying: “Leverkusen was one of the strongest teams that have played here at the Grünwalder Stadion this season. My team did everything right in two situations today, but other than that our performance wasn’t at top-level.”
Next game on March 15 in Duisburg
Due to the international break, the next Bundesliga match day will take place on March 15, and the FC Bayern women have an additional three points in mind at MSV Duisburg. The next home game will take place on Friday, March 20, 6 p.m. CET at the Gründwalder Stadion against third-placed Turbine Potsdam.
FC Bayern München – Bayer 04 Leverkusen 2:0 (2:0)
Stadion an der Grünwalder Straße
Bayer 04 Leverkusen: Schmitz, Claassen, Ewers, Wich, Petzelberger, Barth (61. Prinz), Knaak, T. (46. Widak), Gasper, Knaak, R., Linden (61. Schwab), Simon
FC Bayern München: Korpela, Lewandowski, Abbe, Behringer, Leupolz, Miedema (61. Pekel), Stengel (61. Beckmann), Brynjarsdottir, Maier (78. Baunach), Manieri, Schnaderbeck
Goals: 1:0 Melanie Behringer (11.), 2:0 Vivianne Miedema (16.)
Yellow card: Petzelberger