Created on 2015-08-28 at 16:00 PM
The FC Bayern women made a splash in their 3-1 (0-0) opening win over Turbine Potsdam to kick off the new Allianz Women’s Bundesliga season. In a thrilling duel, the visitors took the lead with Elise Kellond-Knight’s goal in the 51st minute. Shortly afterwards, the Munich ladies were able to turn things around, first with newcomer Lisa Evan’s goal in the 65th minute, followed by Sara Däbritz’s brace (76., 84.) to seal Bayern’s 3-1 opening win.
“I’m happy I was able to help the team,” said Däbritz after the final whistle. “First and foremost, it’s good that we were able to get the first three points. It was a hard-fought game.” Bayern coach Thomas Wörle was “not displeased” with the team’s performance, “but we’re not at 100% just yet.”
Boom after the break
Coach Thomas Wörle had to do without five key players for the season opener, including Lena Lotzen, Katharina Baunach, Sarah Romert, Veronica Boquete, and Mana Iwabuchi. The only new signing to start in the opening match was Lisa Evans, who played for Potsdam last season.
Both teams created an equal amount of goal opportunities, with the biggest right before halftime with a curler from Patricia Hanebeck that just missed (31.). Shortly after the break, Kellond-Knight scored from 12 meters out to give Potsdam the lead (51.), only to be equalized by Evans 14 minutes later (65.).
Däbritz soon had her time to shine as she came on in the 57th minute and gave the Bayern ladies the lead off a header set up by Leonie Maier in the 76th minute, only to net in Bayern’s third goal eight minutes later (84.) and earning the reigning champions their first win and three points of the season.