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FCB women through to DFB Cup quarterfinals

For the second time in one week, the FCB women forced the hand of reigning Champions League winners 1. FFC Frankfurt – after last week’s 1-0 win in the Women’s Bundesliga, FC Bayern followed up with a “passionate and cohesive performance alongside the support of the fans, which pushed us even further,” said coach Thomas Wörle of FC Bayern’s win. The 2-0 victory resulted in the FC Bayern women progressing to the DFB Cup quarterfinals.

‘Performed as a team’

FC Bayern set the course towards the quarterfinals already in the first half thanks to goals from Vivianne Miedema (14’) and Melanie Behringer (39’). “During the game, nobody ever thought we’d be in a hairy situation again – everyone was pretty confident of themselves,” said Laura Feiersinger. “We performed as a team – everyone fought for each other and for the ball; the cooperation got us the win today.”

Feiersinger came on for Nicole Rolser in the final stages of the game after a foul on Rolser forced her off. Tests after the match revealed Rolser tore two ligaments in her right ankle and will be out for a number of weeks.

“We played a better game this week,” said goalscorer Vivianne Miedema. “When we had the ball, we played real football. The goals we scored before the break made it easier for us – Frankfurt just had to come to us, which they didn’t do. Apparently they had no Plan B and we played well over 90 minutes – we defended even better than we did last week,” she added.  Frankfurt’s only chances came shortly before the break with a shot just past goal and a miscommunication between FCB keeper Tinja-Riikka Korpela and Caroline Abbé.

"Big step towards Cologne"

The focus now shifts towards the quarterfinals. “Because Frankfurt is such a difficult team, this was definitely a big step towards [the final in] Cologne,” said Melanie Leupolz. “There’s still plenty of top teams ahead but for now we’ll have to wait for the draw.” Defender Nora Holstad added: “Of course we want to be in the final – we’ll have to see what’s ahead!” The quarterfinals will take place on either December 8 or 9 with the draw taking place this Sunday during the halftime break of the FC Bayern women’s match against SC Sand.