Frauen | 02/04/2021

Before the international break

Frauen head to Niederkirchen

1. FC Köln Frauen travel south to 1. FFC Niederkirchen on Easter Sunday, aiming to head back to Köln with three points before the international break. The hosts picked up their first point of the season during the week.

Back-to-back wins

FC have returned to league action after the pandemic break with two 1:0 wins in succession. One reason for Sascha Glass to be pleased following the pause in the season are the first two clean sheets of the league campaign. Amber Barrett’s winner against Würzburg and Meike Meßmer’s superb strike to beat Frankfurt have maintained FC’s 100% record in league action.

Meßmer, who came off the bench to grab the only goal of the game, said: “To be brought on and score the winner late in the match was good for me, it was an unbelievable feeling. I went home really happy and turned up the music. A lot of people passed on their congratulations, that was very pleasing on a personal level.”

The 25-year-old is expecting a similarly tough game at the weekend, “Niederkirchen will throw everything at us. We have to prepare ourselves for a game that will be about fighting spirit. For us, it will be about finding a way past an opponent that sits deep. A few team-mates, including myself, have good memories of Niederkirchen and the promotion back in 2017.”

The opposition

Niederkirchen, who only returned to training around a month before the season restarted, picked up their first point of the campaign on Wednesday. A battling performance from Niko Koutroubis’ side managed to earn a draw against Bayern Munich II away from home. His goal is to now build on that performance and try to come up with a similar showing against FC.

“We need every points in order to move off the bottom of the table. The quality of the individual players that FC have available is something else, for sure. However, we’ll come up with something to make it as difficult for Köln as possible and to pick up points at home,” said Koutroubis. While they failed to find the back of the net against Bayern, the clean sheet is reason to be positive. 

Silvana Arcangioli is one of several players feeling the effects of the game in Munich. Nevertheless, Niederkirchen are hopeful of having the squad in good condition for the tussle on Sunday. Michelle Baumann and Kim Stricklan, who have been injured for a longer period, remain sidelined.

Watch the game live

SoccerWatch are broadcasting the 2. Frauen Bundesliga live this season. The game against Niederkirchen will be broadcast live at 14:00 CEST and can be watched below.

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