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FCB women win top match in Frankfurt

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Calm in the defense and efficient in the offense was the name of the game as the FC Bayern women went on to defeat Champions League winners 1. FFC Frankfurt  1-0 thanks to a goal from American defender Gina Lewandowski. The Bayern women extended their lead as a result of the win, currently six points ahead of a tight race between Sand, Essen, and Frankfurt. 

In front of a crowd of 4,760, the FC Bayern women earned a hard-fought win with a concentrated effort in the defense. Frankfurt put pressure on the Bavarians over the 90 minutes but were unable to finish any chances. The two sides will meet again in the upcoming week in the DFB Cup round of 16 at the Grünwalder Stadion in Munich on November 8 at 1:15 pm CET.

Lewandowski gives Bayern the lead

Coach Thomas Wörle decided to make minor changes to his 3-4-3 system: Melanie Leupolz shifted from defensive midfield position to an offensive number 10 role, while Carina Wenninger moved from the defense to midfield; Caroline Abbé filled in the remaining spot in the back three. Veronica Boquete, who has yet to feature this season due to an injury, made an appearance on the bench for the Bayern women, her first time since arriving in Munich from Frankfurt.

The Bavarians were put to work from the onset as the hosts came out in the attack, though Bayern were able to win their one-on-ones and put pressure. Frankfurt’s initial chances came from a shot from Kerstin Garefrekes (3’) and a free kick from Simone Laudehr (7’).

Bayern were able to regain control of the game ten minutes in, keeping the Frankfurt women at bay with a solid defense. Bayern lacked In the offense up until the 22nd minute, when Leonie Maier’s shot on target from 20 yeards out hit the post and deflected, and was put away by Lewandowski to give the Bayern Munich women the lead.

Miedema’s shot off post

The Frankfurt women continued to press without any results in the remainder of the first half. Bayern thwarted Frankfurt in the defense. Maier added to the pressure up front with two shots on goal just before the break

No changes were made to either team heading into the second half.  Frankfurt remained determined, though the Reds tightened their defense, preventing Frankfurt from seeing through any chances. Scoring chances for Bayern in the second half came from Lisa Evans (47’) and Nicole Rolser (57’) as well as from Mandy Islacker (57’) for Frankfurt. Vivianne Miedema’s shot off the post in the 67th minute came close to widening Bayern’s lead.

Bayern held onto their lead up until the final whistle. Frankfurt’s Störzl (90+2) gave the hosts one last hope to equalize but FCB keeper Tinja-Riikka Korpela was there to make the save. Sara Däbritz (83’) and Miedema (90+1) made FC Bayern’s final attempts, ultimately ending with the final score of 1-0. With the away win, the Bavarians extend their lead atop the Allianz Women’s Bundesliga.