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Benfica 0-0 Bayern Munich: Initial reactions and observations

Bayern Munich Frauen kick off their quest for the 2021/22 UEFA Women’s Champions League title today in Lisbon. Come join us to watch the Bavarians take down Benfica - for free, on YouTube.

FC Bayern Muenchen v Werder Bremen - FLYERALARM Frauen-Bundesliga Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images

Initial reactions and observations

  • Bayern Munich got better in the second half, but could not crack Benfica’s defense. Even when they got the ball in the back of the net, the referee ruled it out for a (dodgy) handball. Schuller also missed a couple of good chances and hit the crossbar. Bad luck all round.
  • Still, it wasn’t a good performance overall. Bayern were lucky Benfica couldn’t counter at all, because they left space at the back all game. Luckily for the Bavarians, those risks didn’t translate to a Benfica goal.
  • Lina Magull coming on completely changed the shape of the game for Bayern. They managed to use the width of the pitch much better with her on the pitch. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to get a win.

Full time: Benfica 0-0 Bayern Munich

77’ — A Bayern goal has been ruled out for offside. Haven’t seen the replay yet so I haven’t decided what to make of it. So disappointing.

Edit: Apparently it was called a handball.

70’ — Bayern have been dominant but it’s still 0-0. Not many chances at either end.

45’ — The second half is underway!

Halftime observations and analysis

  • Bayern Munich have mostly dominated the chances, but failed to convert. 0-0 is an advantageous scoreline for this game — they have been struggling to keep up with the Germans.
  • Bayern got a little sloppy at the back near the end — conceding that way would be a gut punch given their dominance.
  • The formation looks like a 4-4-2 or a 4-5-1, hard to tell with all the switching.

Halftime: Benfica 0-0 Bayern.

35’ — Bayern still looking for an opening goal. A few good chances so far, while Benfica have been creating basically nothing.

13’ — Lea Schuller has an amazing chance to make it 1-0 for Bayern, but she sends it wide.

Kickoff: We’re underway!

One hour until kickoff: We have lineups!

Today marks the beginning of the group stage for the 2021/22 UEFA Women’s Champions League, and Bayern Munich start their campaign to lift the trophy for the first time ever. And, this season, you can watch the matches for free on DAZN’s YouTube channel.

This is the first season that the main part of the Women’s Champions League will begin with a group stage, and as the winners of the the 2020/21 Frauen Bundesliga, Bayern were awarded with an automatic position in the group stage. Alongside Lyon and BK Häcken, Bayern kick off Group D with a match against Benfica.

Bayern have reached the Semifinals twice in the last three seasons; however, they’ve been unable to make that last leap into the Final. The Bavarians brought in a few veteran players this summer in order to bolster the squad in preparation of a strong push for not only the club’s first every Champions League title, but with an eye on a possible treble.

Jens Scheuer will be without the services of Ivana Rudelić, Klara Bühl, Marina Hegering, Carolin Simon, and Sydney Lohmann who are all out due to injuries; however, Kristin Demann is back in the squad for the first time in a very long time after finally recovering from injury.

It’s Bayern time.

Match Info

Location: Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany

Time: 3:30 pm local time, 9:30 am EST

TV/streaming: Find Your Country, English YouTube Link, German YouTube Link, Portuguese YouTube Link

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