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Final stretch

Bayern end showdown with impressive win

The FC Bayern women were able to regain control of second place in the Allianz Women’s Bundesliga after a 6-0 win over soon-to-be relegated Herforder SV, giving Bayern a good chance at qualifying for the Champions League by the end of the season on May 10th.

Bayern coach Thomas Wörle spared FCB Captain Melanie Behringer, currently with four yellow cards. Japanese international Mana Iwabuchi made her way back into the starting lineup, with otherwise the same starting lineup as in Jena.

Three points were expected for the Bayern ladies in the game against the soon-to-be relegated side Herforder SV in securing Champions League qualification and staying in contention to clinch the league title to be decided on the last match day with league leaders Wolfsburg taking on third-placed Frankfurt.

The FC Bayern women were eager to take a step in this direction, and there was no doubt they were to leave the pitch as victors from the opening minutes of the match. Gina Lewandowski was the first to break Herford’s defense with her goal in the 21st minute, giving Bayern the lead, only to be followed up by Vivianne Miedema’s goal two minutes later (23.). Bayern continued putting pressure for the duration of the first half, and it was only thanks to Herford keeper Friederike Abt that the Bavarians headed into the second half only two goals up, with 12 shots attempted.

The second half continued where the first half finished off, though the Bayern Munich women were noticeably more focused in taking numerous chances. Raffaella Manieri netted in her first Bundesliga goal in the 62nd minute, followed by Lena Lotzen’s goal a few minutes later (70.), her first since coming back from an injury lay-off. Caroline Abbé added to the scoreline in the 82nd minute as well as Katie Stengel moments later (85.), giving Bayern a well-deserved 6-0 win.

As a result of the win over Herford, FC Bayern are now back in second place (53 points) in the Allianz Women’s Bundesliga, between defending champions Wolfsburg (54 points) and runners-up Frankfurt (52 points).

Next home game – League title and Champions League

The final and decisive matchday in the Allianz Women’s Bundesliga on May 10 will offer plenty of tension as Frankfurt take on Wolfsburg and FC Bayern host SGS Essen (2 p.m. CET) – tensions will run high in the chase for the Bundesliga title and the first two spots in the table for UEFA Champions League qualification.

Herforder SV - FC Bayern München 0:6 (0:2)

Ludwig-Jahn Stadion

Attendance: 895

Herforder SV: Abt, Schaaf, Nesse, Lösch, Göllner, Ronzetti, Wu, Lagaris (60. Davis), Hackmann, Habert (60. Wermelt), Schulte

FC Bayern München: Korpela, Lewandowski, Abbe, Leupolz, Miedema (68. Stengel), Lotzen (77. Feiersinger), Iwabuchi, Brynjarsdottir (68. Beckmann), Wenninger, Maier, Manieri

Goals: 0:1 Lewandowski (21.), 0:2 Miedema (23.), 0:3 Manieri (62.), 0:4 Lotzen (70.), 0:5 Abbe (82.), 0:6 Stengel (85.)

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