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Top game in the women’s Bundesliga "It hurts a lot": FC Bayern loses against Wolfsburg

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VfL Wolfsburg further fueled the already exciting top fight in the women’s Bundesliga with its victory at FC Bayern Munich.

Thanks to the outstanding keeper Almuth Schult and goal scorer Kathrin Hendrich (69th minute), the runner-up and cup winner celebrated a 1-0 (0-0) win against the defending champion. “What a mentality!”, VfL coach Tommy Stroot praised his team. National coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg was also impressed as one of 1931 spectators on Saturday on the Bayern campus.

“We see that the clubs are taking the next steps. That is exactly what we want. Our players have to give 100 percent every week,” said the 53-year-old on Bavarian radio.

For Munich it was already the second defeat after the 2: 3 at Eintracht Frankfurt, in the whole of last season there was only one. Wolfsburg took the lead in the standings, ahead of TSG 1899 Hoffenheim (both 19 points), who beat Bayer Leverkusen 7-1 in the second top game of the weekend, FC Bayern and Frankfurt (both 18).

“For me it was the best home game that we have played so far,” said Munich coach Jens Scheuer after the setback. “Of course I’m disappointed, but not with my team, but with the result. I think we had 12-2 shots on goal. Even if Almuth Schult held up brilliantly, a goal just has to be scored.” Bayern, whose squad was strengthened in the summer with the world-class players Saki Kumagai (Olympique Lyon) and Sofia Jakobsson (Real Madrid), were unable to implement their superiority, especially in the first half.

“Of course we are frustrated and disappointed,” said national player Klara Bühl. “We actually played a very good game. The fact that we’re still without points is of course really painful.”

That was mainly due to Schult. The 30-year-old twin mother recommended herself with her brilliant parades for a return to the goal of the DFB selection. The Wolfsburg-based woman was last in the squad, but Merle Frohms from Frankfurt is currently number 1 at Voss-Tecklenburg. The national coach, however, praised Schult as a “stabilizer” and also as a “good coach” for the people in front of her.

Munich and Wolfsburg have always been champions since 2013, but the Lower Saxons had repeatedly lost regular staff in the past two years. “We just believe in our path, I felt that in many phases today,” said Stroot.

Both teams have to prove their international class again during the week. FC Bayern lost 3-2 at Olympique Lyon last week after conceding a late goal. On Wednesday (9 p.m. / DAZN) the second leg against the top-class record winner from France is due. Wolfsburg wants to win against Juventus Turin on Thursday (6.45 p.m. / DAZN) (first leg 2-2).

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