The Bayern Munich Frauen got past their cup demons today by defeating FF USV Jenna in the round of 16. Last season in the tournament they were knocked out in this round 2-0 by FC Koln. The victory today sends them into the quarterfinals.
Bayern came into the game with a different lineup then the one last seen before the international break. Notably, forward Eunice Beckmann returned to the starting lineup. The game started with FF USV Jenna playing a primarily defensive game. Bayern had a hard time making any breakthroughs early in the game. At the same time, Jenna had very few offensive chances as Bayern controlled the possession early.
The first half ended with the score tied 0-0. Neither side made any substitutions at the half and Bayern controlled possession immediately after the break. Bayern made a double switch in the 77th minute and subbed out Beckmann and Katie Stengel for Melanie Leupolz and Vivianne Miedema respectively. The substitutions immediately paid off well when Leupolz set up Miedema for a shot that turned into the breakthrough goal. In the 78th minute, the goal gave Bayern a 1-0 lead.
Jenna had very few chances after the goal and the game ended 1-0 for Bayern. With the win, Bayern moves on to the quarterfinals of the DFB-Pokal. The squad previously won the 2012 cup, and many of the veteran players will be happy to be this far in the tournament again. VfL Wolfsburg, 1. FFC Frankfurt, and 1. FFC Turbine Pottsdam all advanced to the final eight as well, so there could be a tough draw for Bayern. After playing the last two cup matches on the road, Bayern will definitely be hoping for a home draw this time.
Next week the team returns to Bundesliga-Frauen action with a game against the team they just defeated, Jenna. FF USV Jenna is currently winless in the Bundesliga-Frauen season and is sitting in 8th place. Bayern is still top of the league because of goal differential and looks to increase their lead when they return next Sunday.