This season’s women’s German Cup final between VfL Wolfsburg and Bayern Munich took place on Saturday afternoon, in Cologne, the venue for the game for the last several years now.
Though the match was between the league champions Wolfsburg and the current second placed team (with two league rounds remaining in the season), the Wolves were nonetheless clear favorites with an excellent run of form and the chance to win the treble.
With that said, Bayern more than held their own in the match. The Bavarians were in fact the first of the two teams to break free from their tactical shackles and attack the opponents’ goal. Especially the diminutive striker Nicole Rolser caused the champions of the women’s Bundesliga many problems.
As time went by however, the club from the German north gained strength and created plenty of chances of their own. None of them went in, and the teams ended the first half scoreless.
In the second 45 minutes, Wolfsburg mostly continued attacking, but lacked the precision going forward. Bayern seemingly only created half-chances at this point that they too could not convert.
With the players’ nerves on edge in the boiling heat, the destination of the Cup was still unclear after ninety minutes. It remained 0-0.
In extra time, Bayern pushed for it more it seemed, but they were unlucky in their finishing.
So, the match finished in a draw after 120 minutes and had to be decided in the cruelest way possible, penalty kicks.
Bayern Munich captain Melanie Behringer went first, despite the fact that she was not fully fit. Wolves keeper Almuth Schult saved it. Isabel Kerschowski scored her penalty, 1-0 Wolfsburg.
Kristin Demann struck the bar from her spot kick. Zsanett Jakabfi missed and Bayern’s Mandy Islacker made it 1-1 Ella McLeod was denied by Bayern keeper Manuela Zinsberger and Lucie Vonkova again by Schult.
Pernille Harder made it 2-1 Wolfsburg and Simone Laudehr equalized to 2-2, before Caroline Hansen scored the winning 3-2 penalty.
So, the Cup, as the league goes to Wolfsburg, who play the Women’s Champions League final against Lyon on Thursday.
Despite the Bayern loss and the lack of goals, it was always a great and exciting game.