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Match Report

Bayern women drop points in Jena

The FC Bayern women remain undefeated after a 1-1 draw away to FF USV Jena Sunday afternoon. FC Bayern, who appeared tired after their midweek Champions League game away to FC Twente, took the lead in the second half after a goal from American Kristie Mewis, but Julia Arnold (77’) made sure Jena was able to come away with a point from the match. The German Champions remain atop the Allianz Women’s Bundesliga table with one point ahead of 1. FFC Frankfurt. 

Coach Thomas Wörle made changes to his lineup, replacing Melanie Behringer, Lisa Evans, and Gina Lewandowski with goal scorer Kristie Mewis, Carina Wenninger, and Laura Feiersinger. Sara Däbritz gave the Bavarians their first chance to take the lead early on in the 3rd minute, only just missing. The Bayern women dominated the first half of the game but, offensively, were missing the precision necessary to make the difference.

Too many long balls

The long balls set up by the Bayern women hardly caused any trouble for Jena’s defense, however Bayern’s attempted short passes became dangerous, particularly in the 20th minute when Däbritz came within reach of a goal. Bayern were fortunate Vonkova wasted a shot in the 45th minute, and headed into the break 0-0. 

The second half began on a promising note for the Bayern women as Kristie Mewis pivoted and curled the ball into the top right corner to give Bayern the lead (57’). The Bavarians found it difficult to increase their lead after the first goal, lacking precision. The hosts, who only have one victory so far this season, were able to get one back in the 77th minute with a goal from Julia Arnold, ending the game with a final score of 1-1.

“We’re disappointed,” said coach Thomas Wörle after the game. “We should have gotten a deserved win based on the course the game, and ultimately rewarded ourselves for our effort. We take the lead, don’t make use of good chances, and Jena never gave up. Then they equalize the first chance they get in the second half.”