A second half collapse doomed Bayern Munich to a 3-2 loss against Hoffenheim in the Frauen Bundesliga. It’s their first loss in the league and second of the entire campaign in all competitions. The first came at the beginning of the month, a 0-2 loss to Wolfsburg in the DFB Pokal Frauen.
Maria Luisa Grohs got her first Bundesliga start in goal for Bayern, because Laura Benkarth is still out following her knee injury against Wolfsburg. However, instead of calling up a player from FCB2 to be the backup, Bayern brought in 41 year old Kathrin Lehmann from their 35+ team to be the backup. What an awesome moment for Lehmann who probably thought those days were long over.
The Bavarians led 2-0 after only 13 minutes thanks to goals from an own goal (1st) and Lea Schüller (13th). Then, it all fell apart. Hoffenheim used an incredible ten minute stretch to from from 2-0 to 2-3 through Tabea Waßmuth (63rd), Katarhina Naschenweng (68th) and Nicole Billa (73rd).
A positive for the second half is that Sydney Lohmann did finally return to the field following her muscular injury.
Bayern XI: Grohs - Glas, Wenninger, Hegering, Ilestedt (79. Simon) - Zadrazil (76. Asseyi), Magull - Beerensteyn (76. Laudehr), Dallmann, Bühl (71. Lohmann) - Schüller
Bayern’s lead over Wolfsburg remains 5 points in the table; however, Wolfsburg now have a game in hand and will play against Freiburg on Sunday. If they reduce the lead to only 2 points, the May 9th match between the two sides will almost certainly decide the championship.
It’s a quick turnaround for Bayern. The ladies will hit the road to take on Turbine Potsdam on Wednesday April 21. Then, on Sunday April 25, the Bavarians will host Chelsea in the first leg of their UEFA Women’s Champions League Semifinal.