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Match report

Top match against third placed Sand on Sunday

The FC Bayern women are undefeated in their last 30 Bundesliga games – a certainly comforting stat. This Sunday, however, the FC Bayern women face the surprise team as of late, SC Sand, at 2 pm CET at Grünwalder Stadion (available for live streaming on DFB TV).

The FC Bayern women host this season’s underdog, SC Sand, at home at the Grünwalder Stadion for yet another top clash in the Allianz Women’s Bundesliga. After last year’s last-minute scurry to remain in the top flight, the women from Baden have been able to pull off upsets on the road recently against Potsdam and Wolfsburg.

“SC Sand’s wins against VfL Wolfsburg and Turbine Potsdam definitely came as a surprise,” said captain Melanie Behringer, “but it also speaks for the balance in the league, and because of that we don’t underestimate any opponent.” Despite the long-term injuries with Lena Lotzen, Katharina Baunach, Sarah Romert and Mana Iwabuchi, the team dominated their two encounters with Champions League winners Frankfurt, and as a result were able to expand their lead at the top of the Bundesliga table and earn a place in the DFB Cup quarterfinals.

Behringer and Fischinger reunite

Ahead of Sunday’s game, coach Thomas Wörle made note of what could potentially be a particularly intense beginning phase of the game: “With [a goal difference of] 7-1 and 16 points from seven games, SC [Sand] is the best team in the league when you’re evaluating the first half” – despite the fact that Sand only barely made it out of the relegation zone at the end of last season. Shortly afterwards, Sand experienced some significant changes, letting go of key players Patricia Hanebeck and Ilaria Mauro, who moved to Turbine Potsdam.

Sand’s new coach Alexander Fischinger was tasked with building up the team this season. “Of course it’s somewhat surprising that Sand is doing so well at the moment – no one saw that coming. But it also shows that Alex Fischinger has been doing a great job with his team and executes his tasks perfectly,” said FCB captain Melanie Behringer, who knows Fischinger from their time together at SC Freiburg. “He works extremely meticulously and can really get a team involved with his emotional way.”

Sand’s Nina Burger and Bayern’s Sara Däbritz are tied for third place in the league’s top scorers list. 

Two encounters so far

There have only been two encounters between the two sides, both times Bayern left the pitch as victors last season, with a 4-0 win at home in Munich and 2-1 win away just before the end of the season.

Other teams in action

FC Bayern II host 1. FFC Frankfurt at home at Sportpark Aschheim this Sunday at 1 pm CET.

The U-17 team face VfL Sindelfingern on the road in the Junior-B Bundesliga Süd on Saturday at 2 pm CET.

The U-17 II team will host SC Regensburg in the Bayernliga this Saturday at 5 pm CET.