It was a midweek matchday that favoured the home sides on Wednesday as SCF, Munich, Essen and Leverkusen picked up wins over Hoffenheim, Frankfurt, Sand and Duisburg as Potsdam picked up the points in Bremen and Wolfsburg left the Grenzlandstadion three points better off.
Having gotten off to a shaky start this season, Freiburg did well to dig out three points at home to Hoffenheim. From Giulia Gwinn’s goal early in the second half to Verena Wieder’s silky footwork to find an instant second, the hosts were soon pegged back by TSG. In fine form so far this season, Tabea Waßmuth was quick to pounce on Merle Frohms’ parry before slamming home the equaliser in similar fashion 15 minutes from time. With the match looking destined for a draw, Sandra Starke found a late winner, volleying Gwinn’s cut-back home in the last minute of regular time.
A goal down early on as Saskia Matheis’ effort at a corner was allowed to travel in as Manuela Zinsberger and Kathrin Hendrich rather got in each other’s way. With a blisteringly attacking line-up it was only a matter of time before the hosts found their own goal, Jill Roord’s gambit late in the first half enough to restore parity. However, it wasn’t until after the hour that the Bavarians took the lead, Lineth Beerensteyn’s low effort enough to get the better of Bryane Heaberlin before Sara Däbritz fired in a late third.
With her second in as many games, Rieke Dieckmann gave the visitors the lead in Bremen before Anna Gasper doubled the lead at an uncleared corner just before the break. Changing up through the gears, the Turbines grabbed a third late in the day as Lena Petermann opened her account for her new club. Not content with three, the visitors found a fourth at the death when Lara Prašnikar had the time and space to slice the ball beyond Lena Pauels.
Having already shown they’ll not roll over this season, Sand did well to hang in at the Stadion Essen. One of the teams that could yet surprise the competition, Essen left it late but finally found a way through the stubborn Sand defence. Carrying her sublime form over from the previous season, Lea Schüller dug out the winner at the death with a rising header.
Taking absolutely no prisoners, Wolfsburg were already in control of the match two minutes in thanks to Zsanett Jakabfi’s close-range goal. Doubling their advantage, Babett Peter added a second at a corner before Kristine Minde made it three on the half hour, the floodgates not fully opening until the second half. Claiming her first goal for her new club, second half substitute Pia-Sophie Wolter added a four with a relaxed finish before Ella McLeod nodded in the fifth. With the match winding down, Alex Popp still had time to grab a late brace, first hammering the ball high into the net then tucking the ball away from the spot at the death.
Lifting themselves to ninth with their second win of the season, Bayer easily dispatched with a Duisburg side that had be relatively flying. From Ivana Rudelic’s tenth minute goal, there was no way back for the Zebras as Leverkusen doubled their advantage part-way through the first half courtesy of Lena Uebach.
Given a route back into the match five minutes into the second half when Emma Rolston fired the ball high into Anna Klink’s net, MSV couldn’t keep the hosts out at the other end and soon succumbed to a third. Henrike Sahlmann’s fine finish, picking out the top left corner was enough for Leverkusen to regain a cushion, leaving Uebach to put the gloss on five minutes from time.