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Match Report

Leupolz makes the difference in Enschede

Upon their return to the Champions League the FC Bayern women were able to come back from behind for a deserved 1-1 draw away to FC Enschede. Melanie Leupolz put the Bavarians on the scoreboard with an equalizer five minutes before the final whistle, after Twente’s Renate Jansen (30’) put the Dutch Cup champions up in the first half. The return leg next week at the Grünwalder Stadion (October 14, 7 pm CET) will determine who will advance to round of 16, with a 0-0 sufficing for the FC Bayern women.

“It was a tough game. Twente pushed us to our limits,” said FC Bayern coach Thomas Wörle. “After the 0-1 there was huge pressure on us that we dealt with well. We put ourselves in a good position with the 1-1 result for the return.”

Three days after the Bundesliga away win at Bremen, Wörle made three changes to the 3-4-3 formation: Vivianne Miedema, Sara Däbritz, and Leonie Maier all started in place of Eunice Beckmann, Laura Feiersinger, and Kristen Mewis.

Twente's first shot successful

In heavy rain, the Bavarians were able to take matters into their own hands, setting the pace and putting the opponent’s defense under pressure. It didn’t take long before scoring chances started to pour in. Shots from Melanie Behringer (3’), Mauer (5’), Däbritz (10’), and Evans (12’) just missed, and Miedema’s shot (14‘) off a pass from Lisa Evans came too late. Another shot from Miedema (26’) remained the most noteworthy attempt from the Bayern women in the first half.

Twente was able to give Bayern’s defense a hard time and managed to use their first shot on target successfully, with Jansen’s shot from 20 yards out to give the hosts a 0-1 lead (30’). The Bayern women fought back looking for an equalizer, though a shot from Däbritz and one from Twente’s Jill Roord did not find the net, with the score set at 0-1 heading into the break.

Tension up until the final whistle

The second half saw a Bayern side again putting pressure from the start. The Dutch side’s staggered defense gave the Bavarians a difficult time in finding the net, and shots from Miedema (46’), Leupolz (53’), Leupolz (59’), Lewandowski (63’), and Evans (66’) didn’t pose a threat.

The Bayern women continued through the second half, ultimately waiting until Melanie Leupolz’s shot from 19 yards out for the equalizer (85’). The Bayern women continued to press with shots from Kristen Mewis and Leupolz in the last minutes of the game, with the game ending in a deserved 1-1 draw.