Frauen-Bundesliga - Matchday 19 Round-up: Bayern march on as Köln are relegated

The defending champions win to move within a point of the title, and the relegation battle is almost concluded

Frauen-Bundesliga - Matchday 19 Round-up: Bayern march on as Köln are relegated
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With midweek matches taking place to accommodate the Champions League chasing sides, it was a staggered matchday 19 in Germany's top flight.

SGS Essen 1-3 VfL Wolfsburg

SGS Essen dominated the first half an hour of this match, with Lea Schüller and Linda Dallmann pestering the VfL Wolfsburg defence, Schüller coming close to opening the scoring on a couple of occasions. Their profligacy was punished eventually, as not long after the half hour mark Ramona Bachmann poked home Wolfsburg’s opener from short range.

The match remained even, but Wolfsburg slowly worked their way into the match, and when Isabel Kerschowski slammed the ball into an open goal on 70 minutes, the tie was effectively over, although there was still time for Alexandra Popp to turn in a third goal before Kirsten Nesse headed an injury-time consolation goal for Essen.

This was Wolfsburg’s fifth win in a row since their draw with Bayern Munich on Matchday 14, and moved them four points clear of 1. FFC Frankfurt in the battle for the second UEFA Women’s Champions League spot with three games remaining.

1. FFC Frankfurt 0-2 SC Freiburg

SC Freiburg came into this match off the back off three consecutive defeats without a single goal scored, whilst 1. FFC Frankfurt had won five of their last six matches, including an impressive away win at Bayern Munich only a couple of days previously. Therefore it was a surprise when Freiburg took the lead in the first ten minutes after a neat piece of skill from Lina Magull and a finish through Anne-Kathrine Kremer’s legs.

Frankfurt applied pressure to try and get back into it, but Freiburg remained dangerous, with Lena Petermann wasting a good chance when through on goal after a counter attack. It was Freiburg who doubled their lead just before half-time when Hasret Kayikci’s attempted cross missed everyone and ended up in the bottom corner.

Frankfurt dominated the second half, but were unable to create any dangerous chances and Freiburg held on to a win that keeps them in the hunt for a top 5 finish, and makes Frankfurt’s chances of finishing in the UEFA Women’s Champions League spots look slim.

SC Sand 0-3 Bayern Munich

SC Sand beat Bayern Munich on this ground three weeks ago in the DFB-Pokal der Frauen semi-finals. Bayern were not just looking for revenge for that defeat, but also a win that would move them to within a point of retaining their Frauen Bundesliga title. Sand came into the match off the back of two consecutive league defeats and their strong grip on fourth spot weakening.

Vivianne Miedema smartly headed home a Melanie Behringer free-kick towards the end of the first half to put Bayern ahead, her 10th league goal of the season. Isabelle Meyer had a chance to equalise for Sand just before half-time, but skewed her shot wide. Bayern intensified the pressure in the second half, and a goal direct from a free-kick from Behringer and a powerful finish from Sara Däbritz sealed a comprehensive 3-0 win that leaves Bayern on the edge of the Bundesliga crown.

Bayer Leverkusen celebrate their crucial win | Photo:
Bayer Leverkusen celebrate their crucial win | Photo:

Bayer Leverkusen 4-1 Werder Bremen

This relegation six-pointer was the most crucial match of the weekend. A win for Werder Bremen would see them climb to within two points of Bayer Leverkusen with just three games remaining. A win for Bayer would put an almost insurmountable gap of eight points between the sides.

Bayer had a dream first half, with Rebecca Knaak opening the scoring and Kristina Šundov adding a second just before the break. Werder Bremen fought on and on 54 minutes Cindy König got a goal back, but it was only a blip for Leverkusen, as Šundov scored again and Francesca Weber added a fourth to seal an emphatic victory and almost certainly seal Werder Bremen’s fate as well as keep Bayer Leverkusen in the top flight.

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 4-0 1. FC Köln

1. FC Köln came into this match knowing they needed a win and for other results to go their way to avoid relegation, but never came close to succeeding. In a ten minute spell in the first half, goals from Fabienne Dongus, Dora Zeller, and Christine Schneider put TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 3-0 up just after the half hour mark, ending the contest. A penalty from Martina Moser sealed the victory in the second half, and confirmed Köln’s relegation after just one season at the top table of German women's football.

USV Jena 3-0 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam

The two sides came into this match both in decent form and hoping to carry on climbing up the table. It was a tight first half, with 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam slightly more on the front-foot, but Amber Hearn opened the scoring for USV Jena just before the break.

Jena’s momentum brought them a second goal on the hour mark through Lucie Voňková and Hearn rounded up comfortable win for Jena in the last few minutes. It means Jena have comfortably avoided relegation this season, an impressive effort from them to have never been dragged into the fight at the bottom.