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Bayern winning series comes to an end in DFB Pokal semi-final, Wolfsburg – Bayern, 2-0

Bayern winning series comes to an end in DFB Pokal semi-final. After 26 wins in all competitions, goals from Alex Popp and Ewa Pajor got a ticket to the final for the defending champions. Wolfsburg – Bayern, 2-0.

Both teams have busy schedules, coming from a midweek Women’s Champions League games. Bayern had no problems with Rosengard, while Wolfsburg got knocked out by Chelsea and can focus now solely on DFB Pokal and Bundesliga. In the German championship, Bayern is dominating with 5 points advantage ahead of second placed Wolfsburg.

1st half

After a balanced initial phase on both sides, Wolfsburg came closer to scoring when Rebecka Blomqvist hit the crossbar after an assist from Ewa Pajor in the 11th minute. But Alexandra Popp was more precise just two minutes later. Pajor sent Huth on the right side towards the baseline, the perfect cross reached Popp, who put Wolfsburg in the lead. Despite the deficit, Bayern soon showed why they are Bundesliga leaders. Katarzyna Kiedrzynek had to intervene after 24 minutes. Sarah Zadrazil tried from a free-kick. Later, two shots from Linda Dalmann lacked some accuracy to really endanger Wolfsburg’s goalkeeper. After some half-chances on both sides, it looked like teams would go on a break with 1-0 on the scoreboard. But right before the whistle, Ewa Pajor gave Laura Benkarth no chance after a pass from Huth and pushed the ball over the line for the 2-0 lead.

2nd half

Bayern started the 2nd half actively looking for a comeback. Lea Schüller’s header after a free kick from Klara Bühl was not precise enough, the same as Sarah Zadrazil’s long-range shot a bit later. Dominique Janssen had a header that just missed the target as well on the other side in the 73rd minute. In the late stages of the game, substitute Simone Laudehr had the chance to score from a close range, but Kiedrzynek saved it. At the end, Simone Boye Sorensen saw the red card due to denying a goal scoring opportunity for Shanice van de Sanden.

Even though Bayern looked like the strongest team in Germany at the moment, 7-time cup winners showed that they can still be considered serious contenders. They will have a hard time to overcome a 5-point deficit in the Bundesliga, but they are on the way of winning their 8th cup title. To do so, they will face Eintracht Frankfurt, who beat Freiburg yesterday, on 30th of May in Cologne.

Reactions

“Bayern had an incredible winning streak and conceded very few goals throughout the season. But we just can’t be written off. Today the team showed a very strong reaction, focused on the basics. The players accepted the fight. We were just better at the game, we fought more aggressively and were able to put Bayern under pressure, which they probably didn’t expect.” – Stephan Lerch, Wolfsburg’s head coach

“We knew it would be difficult to win here. We slept through the first half. We actually wanted to determine the game, but we were a bit intimidated by Wolfsburg’s robustness. In the second half we tried everything, if we would have scored one, we’ll be in the game again.” – Jens Scheuer, FC Bayern’s head coach

Score

Vfl Wolfsburg – FC Bayern München 2-0 (2-0)
Scorers: 13′ Alexandra Popp (W), 45+2′ Ewa Pajor (W)
Yellow cards: 15′ Rebecka Blomqvist (W), 78′ Alexandra Popp (W), 85′ Amanda Ilestedt (B), 88′ Lena Oberdorf (W)
Red cards: 90+1′ Simone Boye Sorensen (B)

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