Bundesliga, Match Day 3: No surprises on the first full match day
by Olaf Goldbecker
1.FFC Frankfurt v Bayer Leverkusen 4:2 (2:1)
New coach and a win but still Frankfurt had more problems than expected. And this despite of a good start, Jessica Wich already scored after five minutes. Yet Leverkusen answered and tied the match 15 minutes later. Frankfurt recovered quickly as Dszenifer Marozsan scored the lead again. Right after the break, Kim Kulig added for the 3:1 scoreline and now everybody expected the game to be decided – but Leverkusen fought back and Ramona Petzelberger got her team closer on a penalty kick. With eight minutes left on the clock, Kerstin Garefrekes finally relieved the fans with the final goal of the day.
SC Freiburg v FSV Gütersloh 4:1 (1:1)
Fifteen minutes after the break killed the newly promoted team from Gütersloh and cared for the first setback. The visitors started well and scored the lead by Anja Barwinsky. Freiburg had an answer after nearly half an hour when Chioma Igwe tied for the home team. After changing sides Freiburg powered over Gütersloh and decided the game. Juliane Meier, Fiona O’Sullivan and Claire Savin turned the score into a 4-1 win.
VfL Wolfsburg v VfL Sindelfingen 6:0 (3:0)
One of the title candidates, Wolfsburg started into the season with an easy game. It was expected that Sindelfingen would suffer the third high loss of this campaign, and so it happened. Verena Faißt, Conny Pohlers and Nadine Keßler scored within 18 minutes and an even much higher result had to be feared. Wolsfburg showed mercy and only let three more goals follow in the second half, scored by Alexandra Popp in her Wolfsburg debut, Lena Goessling on a penalty kick, and Faißt closed the scoring.
FCR Duisburg v Turbine Potsdam 0:4 (0:2)
What used to be a top game in the past was a one sided matter this time. It was known that Duisburg lost way too many players to play for the top and Potsdam indeed had no problems getting easy three points on the road. Patricia Hanebeck and Yuki Ogimi scored at about the 15-minute mark before Natasa Andonova and Antonia Göransson increased the score.
Bayern München v FF USV Jena 4:0 (1:0)
Another game where the roles were pretty clear right from the start, but Jena was competitive for a long time – and this although Isabell Bachor already scored in minute 3 for her team. Similar to the Freiburg v Gütersloh game, also here the opening 15 minutes of the second half decided the game. First it was Sarah Hagen to score on a penalty kick, then Lena Lotzen, who came in at halftime, added a pair for the final result.
SC Bad Neuenahr v SG Essen-Schönebeck 1:0 (0:0)
Essen could not confirm the performance of the win over Frankfurt in the previous week. Bad Neuenahr and Essen, two teams with similar quality, delivered the only close one-goal-game of the matchday. It took long until something developed but in minute 65 Peggy Kuznik scored the lone goal of the day. Essen’s striker Charline Hartmann was sent off with two yellows shortly before the end of the game.
Situation: the standings have to be seen in the light of the different number of games which are played. Potsdam (2 games) and Frankfurt (3) sit on top with six points. They are chased by a bunch of teams with three points : Wolfsburg, München, Freiburg, Bad Neuenahr (all 1), Gütersloh and Essen (both 2). Consequently there are four teams without point, which are Leverkusen, Duisburg (both 1), Jena (2) and Sindelfingen (3). Next week will feature a key matchup between Potsdam and Frankfurt as highlight.
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