VfL Wolfsburg's head coach Ralf Kellermann seemed confident after last night's fixture and mentioned that his Wolves deserved to make it through to the semi-finals because they were "the better team" in both games. And it's true: there was no doubt that the treble winners of 2013 wouldn't make it. Die Wölfinnen won the first leg in the AOK Stadion with a 3-0 scoreline leaving themselves in a comfortable position for the second leg.
After the exhausting Frauen-Bundesliga clash versus SC Sand, Kellermann took the chance to rotate a little bit: young defender Joelle Wedemeyer returned to the starting line-up as well as Zsanett Jakabfi.
It was Jakabfi who crushed Brescia's dreams of possibly turning the result around pretty early: just five minutes into the game, the Hungarian International smashed the ball into the net after Isabel Kerschowski's shot got blocked. It was a beautiful goal by Jakabfi, who has proven once again how important she is for the team. The winger has dealt with a lot of injuries in the past and is finally back to full health and fitness.
Jakabfi with the brace
Italy's vice-champion didn't give up though: the team had quite a few good attacks and made it all the way through to Almuth Schult. No problem for Germany's new number one though.
Brescia's Cristina Girelli failed to convert a header and the goal kick in return initiated the 2-0 lead for the Wolves. Schult passed the ball to Nilla Fischer, Fischer to Ramona Bachmann, Bachmann to Lena Goeßling and Goeßling to Jakabfi. Jakabfi was left free and had no problem collecting her second goal of the night which also crowned her the match winner.
And Die Wölfinnen were still hungry: Ewa Pajor had an unerring eye for another chance and passed the ball to Bachmann after a corner kick. The Swiss International tried her luck with a ruthless wide shot and got rewarded: the ball headed right into the net and increased Wolfsburg's lead once again.
The third goal by Bachmann made it 3-0 and that was the way the game ended. It was a well fought game by Brescia but Wolfsburg were too dominant and strong for them to overcome. It was a must win for the Wolves after all, who officially reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Women's Champions League for the fourth time in a row - which marks a new record! The next opponent in the Champions League is none other than the title defenders, 1. FFC Frankfurt, who won the clash against Rosengard.
Luisa Wensing returns
On a side note, Wolfsburg's number two, Luisa Wensing, made her official comeback with the first team. The former German International made her last appearance with the first team on February 27th, 2015. The talented defender suffered a fibula fracture at the Algarve Cup 2015 in a game against Sweden. After serveral months of regaining her fitness and competitiveness in Wolfsburg's second team, she is finally back.