Frauen | 29/05/2020

Loss at the AOK Stadion

FC Frauen beaten by Wolfsburg

1. FC Köln Frauen fell to a brave 4:0 defeat against VfL Wolfsburg Frauen on Friday afternoon as the Frauen-Bundesliga returned to action. A brace from Pernille Harder, as well as goals from Svenja Huth and Alexandra Popp, secured the win for Wolfsburg.

Wolfsburg battle to breakthrough

FC began the game well and almost opened the scoring with the first attack of the match. Amber Barrett managed to find a way in behind the Wolfsburg defence and fired strongly across goal. Friederike Abt, however, showed that her reactions certainly were not lacking following the long break. From there, Wolfsburg game into the game more and more and began to dominate.

Alexandra Popp rose highest to meet a long ball into the box but couldn’t quite direct her header on target. That foreshadowed Wolfsburg’s next chance as Popp again leaped to head at goal, only for Elvira Herzog to make a fine save and tip the effort over the bar.

Shortly after the half hour, the hosts and league leaders finally got their goal. Meike Messmer brought down Svenja Huth in the box, as Dr. Riem Hussein pointed straight to the spot. Pernille Harder stepped up and coolly slotted home from 12 yards. Unfortunately for FC, Wolfsburg struck again just before the break. Fridolina Rolfö’s ball to the back post was headed home by Huth.

Strong second half without reward

After the restart, FC were looking dangerous on the counter. Amber Barrett was twice found chasing balls into the channels, with her second attempt bringing another very smart save from Abt in the Wolfsburg goal. Despite the promise, as was the case in the first half, the hosts began to gain more and more control of the game.

20 minutes into the second-half, Wolfsburg put themselves further ahead. Rolfö’s delivery was again the key, as the Swede’s cross was perfectly played for the oncoming Popp to head home from six yards out. Sascha Glass, who was watching on from the stands, could still be proud of his side as they continued to come forward. Meike Messmer was unlucky to hit the post from Rachel Rinast’s corner.

In the final 15 minutes, Amber Barrett was sent off for a late tackle on Pia-Sophie Wolter. Wolfsburg immediately made that numerical advantage count, as Harder curled in a superb effort from the edge of the area. Much like for the three goals previous, Herzog was blameless between the sticks. Yuka Hirano cleared off the line late on as Wolfsburg attempted to add a fifth.

FC’s next game sees them make the trip to MSV Duisburg on Thursday evening, in what is a huge relegation battle.


VfL Wolfsburg (3-4-1-2): Abt – Wedemeyer, Goeßling, Janssen – Blässe (Maritz 64’), Gunnarsdottir, Popp, Rolfö (Wolter 70’) – Harder (Engen 79’) – Pajor (Jakabfi 64‘), Huth (Minde 70’).

1. FC Köln (5-4-1): Herzog – Messmer, Calo, Hild, Nietgen, Rinast – Hirano, Gosch, Ondrusova (Giraud 83’), Beckmann – Barrett.

Goals: 1:0, Harder (PEN) 33’. 2:0, Huth 45+1’. 3:0, Popp 65’. 4:0, Harder 78’.

Referee: Dr. Riem Hussein (Bad Harzburg).

Bookings: Ondrusova (26’), Beckmann (37’).

Sent-off: Barrett (76’).

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141. FC Köln36
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