Y“>FINAL! Initial thoughts and observations:
Declaration of victory for Alexander Straus and FC Bayern Frauen. They played off the pitch in the 3-0 loss at the Camp Nou two weeks ago. Quite a heroic collective effort in defence, especially in the second half, in which FC Barcelona had a good number of chances to rejoin the game. Bayern are tied on points, but the Spanish team have a huge GD advantage in the group. Alright. Let’s enjoy this one. Hopefully Maximiliane Rall is okay – the right-back took a heavy blow to the head. A huge crowd at the Allianz today:
84′ — Rall has a bandage around his head and walks off the field shaking. Oh! Emilie Bragstad is in her place.
81′ — Catching up with some Bayern substitutions. Lea Schüller gave way to Franziska Kett some time ago. Sydney Lohmann is now going for Saki Kumagai. Maximiliane Rall is now out on the field in some pain, and her night might be over as well.
65′ — Barcelona goal! A rare mistake behind Mala Groh and Barça has pounced. It’s 3-1, Geyse the one who slips it into an empty net.
48′ — A fingertip save from Grohs to preserve Bayern’s lead!
46′ — A couple of Barcelona submarines start us off.
Halftime Thoughts and Observations:
What a turnaround in the first round between these two teams at the Camp Nou. Bayern seemed much more dangerous and started with immense energy. The super defensive interventions of various players and especially goalkeeper Mala Grohs have prevented Barcelona from recovering anything. Every duel, every challenge has been successful. Lea Schüller has fallen a couple of times clutching her ankle. Let’s hope it’s nothing serious. For the most part, the home team seems to be in control. Let’s see if they hold up in the second half. Surely Barça will make adjustments.
10′ — GOALLLL!!! What’s going on? Carolin Simon cuts it from the left line and Lina Magull hooks. Bayern came to play today!
4′ – GOAL!!!! Bayern attack first and fast! Klara Bühl bursts into the box with a late run and latches onto a cross from the right flank. She deftly pinches the ball behind the Barça goalkeeper and is an early statement of intent from the home team.
Things didn’t go very well for Alexander Straus and FC Bayern Munich Frauen when they last faced FC Barcelona at the Camp Nou in the UEFA Women’s Champions League.
However, this will be at the home of the Bavarians. And it is an opportunity for Lea Schüller, Klara Bühl, Georgia Stanway & co. to claim some redemption and tie Barca on points in Group D.
Weather: December 7, 3:00 p.m. EST
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