The Bayern Munich women’s team has reached the quarterfinals of the UEFA Women’s Champions League for only the second time in the club’s history. There they took on Slavia Prague for the first leg away from home on Wednesday night.
Unlike their male counterparts, the Bavarians’ female side had plenty of luck in the draws of the Champions League so far. They knocked out the domestic title holders from Serbia and Switzerland respectively, with relative ease before reaching this stage.
In the draws for the quarterfinals and the semis, they managed to avoid four of the giants of the competition such as last season’s finalists Olympique Lyon and VfL Wolfsburg, as well as Chelsea and PSG, all of whom face each other on the other side of the brackets.
That said, Slavia Prague is by no means a pushover either. The Czech team reached the last eight twice in recent seasons, each time doing especially well at home against giants of the game.
Therefore, Bayern Munich knew that the game there would be far from easy. Despite the fact that they were dominant from the kickoff, they struggled to create many clear-cut chances in the first half. That was largely due to the home team’s good defensive positioning.
Slavia focused on avoiding to concede goals, rather than on trying to score them. Yet, they somehow managed to earn the match’s first two corner kicks, which should remind us that in soccer, dominating an opponent for the entire game may still not be a guarantee of victory, while in just about every other sport it is.
In any event, the first half finished goalless. In the second forty-give minutes, the Bavarians created plenty of quality chances. At the hour mark, they brought in of a fresh offensive duo in Mandy Islacker and particularly Fridolina Rolfö. This had an immediate impact, as the Swedish international soon gave her team the lead.
A bit more than ten minutes later , Slavia captain Kateřina Svitková made it 1-1 from long range and completely against the run of play. It was the first of two shots on the Bayern Munich goal and provided the 1-1 final score.
The second leg takes place next Wednesday in Munich, despite not having won, Bayern will be happy with the away goal and their overall performance.