Bayern Munich sure look like they’re determined to repeat last year’s Frauen Bundesliga title win as the league season gets underway. On Saturday, Bayern won their third straight to open the campaign, this time a 4-0 victory over SC Freiburg.
“That was a well-deserved home win today. The way we played football and the willingness to run were also impressive,” head coach Jens Scheuer said after the game. “Our game is designed to get the ball early and then to get the switching moments. The team did a great job again today.”
For the second time in three games to open the Frauen Bundesliga season, Bayern have scored within the opening couple of minutes. This time, it was captain Lina Magull smashed home a shot from distance after Freiburg cleared a corner in just the second minute to give Bayern the early 1-0 lead. In the 17th minute, Lea Schüller made it 2-0 when she finished off a headed pass from Linda Dallmann on a Carolin Simon cross.
Bayern continued to dominate the match into the second half, and Glódís Viggósdóttir grabbed her first goal in a Bayern shirt, heading in a cross from Hanna Glas. In the dying minutes of the match, Schüller grabbed her league leading fourth goal of the season to give Bayern the 4-0 win.
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Scheuer made some changes to the squad in this one with a little rotation, bringing in Lineth Beerensteyn, Viggósdóttir, and Sofia Jakobsson in for Viviane Asseyi, Carina Wenninger, and the injured Klara Bühl. This match was the first starts in a Bayern jersey for both Viggósdóttir and Jakobsson.
Saki Kumagai has definitely cemented herself as the one to be unseated among the Bavarian centerbacks. So far, Scheuer has played six of his defenders in all three games. When Marina Hegering and Kristin Demann are at full fitness, it will be interesting to see how his rotation adjusts to account for the two players.
Giulia Gwinn continues to build to full fitness on her return from last season’s ACL injury. Today, she picked up twenty two minutes, coming on in the second half for Beerensteyn.
Bayern XI: Benkarth – Glas (82. Rall), Kumagai, Viggósdóttir, Simon – Zadrazil (82. Wenninger) – Jakobsson (82. Asseyi), Magull (66. Lohmann), Dallmann, Beerensteyn (68. Gwinn) – Schüller
Table and Next Match
The Bavarians end the day still in first place with 9 points, level with Eintracht Frankfurt. By the end of Sunday, both Wolfsburg and Hoffenheim could join them. Bayern, however, already has a +15 goal differential (15 score, 0 conceded) after three matches, so it’s unlikely that they will be surpassed due to that total.
The international break is now upon us for the women’s game, and Bayern won’t return to the field under September 25 when they face Elversberg in the DFB Pokal Frauen.