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Bayern Munich 2 - 0 Benfica (UWCL) — Initial thoughts and observations

Last Bayern match of the calendar year! Auf geht’s!

FC Bayern München v SL Benfica: Group D - UEFA Women’s Champions League Photo by Daniel Kopatsch/Getty Images

It’s the last Bayern Munich match of the year. The FC Bayern Frauen reach the conclusion of a heavy run of games by wrapping up matters in their UEFA Women’s Champions League group, from which they have already qualified thanks to a Matchday 4 victory over FC Barcelona.

As usual for UWCL action, DAZN will be streaming this one live on YouTube. Watch it below and follow along with us in the game thread!

Full-time! Initial thoughts and observations

Not bad, not bad. A tidy 2-0 win with a start for Emelyne Laurent and an injury return for Maximiliane Rall. The Frauen wrap up the 2022 calendar year in fine form, and Klara Bühl has definitely found her shooting boots again. Maybe there could have been even more rotation, but can't complain too much about a clean sheet. Benfica did put up a challenge — everywhere but on the scoreboard.

On to 2023!

Live blog

84’ — Saved off the line! Sydney Lohmann gets in behind the defense and fires a shot that is saved — then picks up the pieces herself and fires right back at an empty net! A defender clears it with her head to stop Bayern adding a third.

75’ — GOAL! Bayern look like they’ve secured all three points now. Bühl doubles the lead after driving into the box and finishing it off with her left.

51’ — GOAL!!!! Bayern finally claim the lead. It’s Klara Bühl, who else? Played in central on goal from a fantastic long-range pass from Georgia Stanway, and Bühl slots it cleanly home.

Halftime — Not a lot of action in the first half to note. Bayern have a slight edge in possession and the game has been a little bit frisky. Neither side have a breakthrough, with Sydney Lohmann owning the best chance of the game.

“I know we’re tired but that’s no excuse,” Sarah Zadrazil says at the half-time interview. “We need to step it up for the second half.”


Game Preview

With less at stake, Alexander Straus may opt to rotate more than usual. This may be a chance for youngsters like Franziska Kett and Julia Landenberger, who scored her debut goal last week at Rosengård, to see more action.

Auf geht’s!

Match Info

Location: Allianz Arena

Time: Dec 21th, 3:00PM EST

TV/Streaming: YouTube

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