Sascha Glass made just one change to the FC side that started the game against 1. FC Saarbrücken last weekend. That saw Kristina Hild replace Sabrina Horvat; as was the case at half-time on Sunday. On a chilly, cloudy day in Munich, it was FC who warmed to the task first. Amber Barrett managed to break in behind the Bayern backline but her cutback towards Mandy Islacker was cut out. After 14 minutes, FC grabbed the opening goal. Barrett raced onto a long ball from Hild and managed to outmuscle the final defender before slotting in from range past the helpless Carina Schlüter.
Schlüter had to be alert moments later and produced a fine save after Hild’s pass set Islacker free. The former Bayern forward was denied by her old team-mate. Hild had the chance to grab a goal of her own after a loose ball from a corner, only to see her shot go narrowly wide. However, the resulting goal-kick ended in Cinzia Zehnder fouling Anja Pfluger. Mandy Islacker stepped up from 12 yards and her penalty went in off the inside of the post.
After a few shots from range, Bayern had their first real opening after the half hour mark. A clever ball through from Amelie Schuster picked out the run of Melissa Ugochukwu, yet Manon Klett came out to make a timely intervention. Rachel Rinast had a chance to add to the lead late on in the first half, yet her first-time effort from the edge of the box went over the bar. With the final action of the half, Klett was called into another important one-on-one save to keep out Andrea Gavric.
The second half began with FC still the better side, as Pfluger’s superb long ball picked out the run of Sharon Beck. Michelle Weiß, who had only just came on for Bayern, was able to clear the ball off the line. Beck had another good chance to grab her first FC goal as Schlüter slipped while clearing, though Annika Wohner got a crucial touch to divert the ball off target.
Despite the early FC pressure, Bayern managed to score the first goal in the second half. After Bayern managed to work a shooting opportunity, Peggy Nietgen handled a goal-bound shot and Selina Menzel pointed to the spot. Jana Kappes took responsibility and the Bayern captain fired home to halve the deficit.
Bayern turned up the pressure after their goal as Sascha Glass’ side were forced into a more defensive shape. Yet, after weathering that storm for 10 minutes, FC would ease any nerves by finding a third goal. A corner towards the back post resulted in an almighty scramble, and Eunice Beckmann was there to capitalise by volleying the ball over the line.
There were late chances for Beckmann and Islacker to add to their tallies, while Fiona Gaißer shot narrowly wide for Bayern in the latter stages. FC managed to negotiate the remainder of the game to deservedly bring the three points back to Köln. Glass’ side are next in action against TSG Hoffenheim II this coming weekend.
FC Bayern Munich II (4-1-4-1): Schlüter – Donhauser, Schöppl, Kappes, Wild – Zehnder (Lux 69‘) – Gaißer, Wohner, Schuster, Gavric (Pöschl 75‘) – Ugochukwu (Weiß 46‘).
1. FC Köln (4-4-2): Klett – Hirano, Calo, Nietgen, Hild – Beckmann (Schraa 84‘), Beck, Pfluger (Kohr 84‘), Rinast (Gudorf 69‘) – Islacker, Barrett (Gosch 72‘).
Goals: 0:1, Barrett 14‘. 0:2, Islacker (PEN) 22‘. 1:2, Kappes (PEN) 61’. 1:3, Beckmann 71’.
Referee: Selina Menzel.
Bookings: Beckmann (26’), Nietgen (60’).