Initial observations and reactions:
- Bayern Munich was thoroughly dominant in this tie.
- The squad has some serious talent...and to think, they are shorthanded due to injuries to some very key players.
- The Bayern Munich attack was relentless and efficient today. It seems like after the first half of the first leg, the Bavarians were in complete control.
- The Frauen played extremely confident today and this should build some excellent momentum as the squad heads into the round of 16.
- Of all of the players who were impressive, Lina Magull, Leah Schüller, and Sydney Lohmann definitely stood out from start to finish.
- What a fun and creative team to watch!
- Overall, excellent effort for the Frauen! Can’t wait to see them in the next round.
Full-time: That’s it Bayern Munich will move on to the round 16! Congrats to the Frauen for a dominant effort!
69’: After a foul, Sydney Lohmann stepped to the mark and perfectly placed home a PK for a 3-0 lead.
With a 6-1 aggregate and 15 minutes to play, Bayern Munich has wrapped this one up. Cinzia Zehnder (13) and Laura Donhauser (2) also checked in for Bayern Munich.
65’: Throughout the game, Ajax has taken some “frustration fouls.” Hopefully no one gets a little too wound up with one of them. The Dutch side is obviously a little frustrated. Per Uefa.com, each squad has been whistled for 15 fouls with Ajax picking up a yellow card earlier.
60’: Bayern Munich continues to dominate, but the fog or mist seems to be getting worse. It’s not quite the Philadelphia Eagles vs. Chicago Bears Fog Bowl from 1988, but it’s definitely tougher to see.
Hanna Glas also checked in for Amanda Ilestedt a couple of minutes ago as well.
47’: GOAL! Leah Schüller has put Bayern Munich up 2-0 over Ajax. After Linda Dallmann slid her a sweet pass, Schüller was all alone and hit her first attempt directly at Ajax goalkeeper Lize Kop, but made good on it by depositing the rebound with authority.
46’: We are back underway and it’s foggy or misty in Munich.
Halftime: We’re at the half and Bayern still leads 1-0. Halftime observations:
- Bayern has been thoroughly dominant and Ajax has played very conservatively.
- The Dutch side is packing a lot of players into the box to limit Bayern’s shooting and passing lanes, but that won’t make up the 4-1 deficit that Ajax faces.
- There is definitely more talent overall with Bayern. Ajax just looks like this game is moving a bit too fast for them.
- I’ve gushed a lot about Magull, Schüller, and Lohmann, but they are far fro the only standouts for Bayern in this contest. The Bavarians have been rock solid at just about every position.
30’: Bayern Munich is really getting creative in its attack and flashing some really smooth skill. Lea Schüller and Sydney Lohmann continue to really impress!
25’: Lina Magull is a bit unlucky today. She’s had a couple of shots blocked, but has otherwise been a dominant presence.
20’: Ajax is really having trouble keeping with Bayern Munich today. Lize Kop is going to have an active day in between the sticks for Ajax. Bayern Munich is keeping the pressure on.
15’: Bayern is dominating and creating a lot of quality chances. This is a lot of fin to watch. If you have not already fired up the YouTube stream, try to get on it.
10’: Bayern Munich has come out much more assertive in this contest and looks sharp and aggressive. With a 1-0 lead and a big advantage on aggregate, Bayern Munich seems poised to play a confident style against Ajax. Lina Magull already seems to be covering every inch of the pitch.
1’: Lineth Beerensteyn breaks the game open early with a goal! Sydney Lohmann picked up the assist! Not a bad way to start!
Bayern leads 4-1 on aggregate.
Kickoff: Okay...It’s Chuck and here...we...go. The formation for Bayern is below!
Both teams have released their lineups!
Bayern Munich will host Ajax at the FC Bayern Campus on Wednesday evening for the second leg in their Round of 32 UEFA Women’s Champions League match-up. Bayern won the first leg in the Netherlands 3-1, and they now have one foot in the Round of 16.
“Ajax was very stable on the defensive and always wanted to counterattacks,” Sarah Zadrazil said. “In the first half we were often a step too late, so we have to give everything from the start tomorrow and take our chances. Then, we’ll win this game too.”
Jovana Damnjanović (ACL), Giulia Gwinn (ACL), Viviane Asseyi (ankle), Carina Schlüter (ankle), Simone Boye Sørensen (COVID), and Kristin Demann (knee) are all out in this one for Bayern.
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