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Bayern win in tight matchup

The FC Bayern women were able to fight their way back in their 1-0 win at home over 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam, securing second place in the Allianz Women’s Bundesliga, and remaining the only undefeated team in the league.

Compared to the week prior in Duisburg, captain Melanie Behringer, Gina Lewandowski and Vanessa Bürki made their return in the starting line-up, with Katharina Baunach, Eunice Beckmann, Katie Stengel and Lena Lotzen on the sidelines.

As coach Thomas Wörle predicted, the game started out as a battle of attrition in the midfield. After an early wake-up call, Bayern began to pick up the pace with shots on goal by Dagny Brynjarsdottir (12.) and Vivianne Miedema (13.). The visitors from Potsdam also began to show more presence, however without any clear opportunities to score. Bayern had a number of opportunities towards the middle of the first half, starting with a long-range free kick from Melanie Behringer and header from Gina Lewandowski. The rest of the first half showed continued pressure from both players, though Bayern and Potsdam would head into halftime goalless.

The second half kicked off showing a very determined Bayern, with a long pass from Melanie Behringer to Dagny Brynjarsdottir, who sends it above the goal (49.). Potsdam responded with a solid long-range shot from Genoveva Anonma that just missed the post (60.). Ten minutes later, Iceland international Dagny Brynjarsdottir gave Bayern the 1-0 lead (75.) after Potsdam were unable to clear a ball from Vivianne Miedema to Brynjarsdottir, who had no difficulties sending it in from a short distance, marking her first Bundesliga goal. Potsdam continued to put pressure, though ultimately Bayern left the pitch with a well-deserved home victory in this much-anticipated matchup between second and third place.

Coach Thomas Wörle also spoke about the deserved win: “My team put on a very strong performance today and tries to resolve situations on a difficult track. My compliments to my team, who was able to rack up a well-deserved victory with a willingness to run and fight.”

Top teams VfL Wolfsburg and Frankfurt played this week, with Wolfsburg defeating SC Sand 2-0 and continuing to lead the table with 45 points; Frankfurt defeated SGS Essen 3-1 at home and is currently in third place in the league. As a result, Bayern now sit in second place between Wolfsburg and Frankfurt.

Difficult away game in Sand
FC Bayern will travel to Sand next week to take on the promoted team at 2 p.m. CET. Despite currently sitting in tenth place, coach Thomas Wörle expects a difficult task away in Sand, and hopes his team will heed his warning in light of Bayern’s recent draw with Duisburg.

You can catch the events of the game here:

FC Bayern München – Turbine Potsdam 1:0 (0:0)

Stadion an der Grünwalder Straße

Attendance: 1180

FC Bayern: Korpela, Lewandowski, Abbé, Behringer (C), Manieri (89. Wenninger), Maier, Leupolz, Brynjarsdottir, Miedema (83. Baunach), Stengel, Bürki (70. Stengel), Schnaderbeck

Turbine Potsdam: Wang, Elsig, Anonma, Cramer, Wälti (C), Wesely, Nagasato, Kemme, Evans (57. Andonova), Bremer, Pedersen

Goals: 1:0 Brynjarsdottir (75.)

Yellow cards: Anonma (26.)