Losing the lead in the standings to long-time rivals FC Bayern Munich prompted the women at VfL Wolfsburg to rethink their roles. "Now they're the hunted, they have to do their homework, so we're on the lookout now and making sure we keep the pressure up," said coach Tommy Stroot on Saturday into an ARD microphone. Shortly before, the German champions had been ousted from the top by the 0: 1 (0: 0) in the Bundesliga at the pursuer from Munich.
Bayern are now leading the women's top division by one point, with six games left for VfL to defend their title. Defender Kathrin Hendrich said that the result meant "nothing" for the championship title for the time being: "We're just going on as usual. We want to win every game and it's still not decided."
Like two years ago, VfL Wolfsburg could once again cede the championship title to their rivals from the south at the end of the season. Since the 2012/2013 season there hasn't been a German champion who didn't come from Wolfsburg or Munich. "It's great that we have two teams in Germany that challenge each other so much," said coach Alexander Straus, who spoke of the best game the Munich team had under his leadership on Saturday.
Georgia Stanway (84th) scored the winning goal in the intense game with a converted hand penalty. "In the end it's a penalty that decides, so of course it's all the more bitter that a situation like this decides a game like this," lamented Stroot. "Losing the game in such a stupid situation is annoying," Hendrich said.
In front of 2,500 spectators, the Munich women developed a clear chance plus and dominated the game. National goalkeeper Merle Frohms initially kept the Wolfsburg women in the game. Bayern could have been in the lead at half-time. After the change of sides, the Munich team continued to push for the lead. Alexandra Popp had the only big chance in Wolfsburg until the 60th minute.
The Wolfsburg women will meet Paris St. Germain in the second leg of the Champions League on Thursday (6.45 p.m. / DAZN) in the VW Arena and want to defend the 1-0 win from the first leg. In three weeks, the two top German teams will meet again in the semi-finals of the DFB Cup, and they could also meet again in the semi-finals of the Champions League.
Match day and table - Women's Bundesliga Squad FC Bayern Squad Wolfsburg Champions of the Women's Bundesliga