Bayern Munich 2, Roma 2: Initial reactions and observations
- Three points is three points, except when it’s not. A goal near stoppage time wiped out what was heading for a perfect start to the Champions League for Bayern Munich. Roma nearly smashed and grabbed for the full share of the spoils, too.
- Bayern will be left to rue missed chances once more, as well as a second half concession that made for a tense finish. The Bavarians were well on their way to overpowering Roma. In the end, they have nobody to blame for themselves for letting Roma hang around.
- Still too many beautiful attacking or countering sequences that fail at the last because of a loose touch or mis-timed decision to release. The potential is here for Bayern to become much more incisive.
- Alexander Straus often cut a frustrating figure on the sidelines. The Bayern coach does not look too pleased with how his team is performing. Then again, he is the coach.
- The sloppiness is starting to catch up to Bayern in terms of results. Improvement will be required, and fast.
Stay tuned for our combo match awards and observations! Thank you for hanging out with us on this UWCL matchday.
It’s Bayern time.
Head coach Alexander Straus and his team are coming off a 2-0 win over Duisburg at the weekend and enjoy first place in the Frauen-Bundesliga table. However, it is a quick turnaround from Sunday to Wednesday, and Straus rotated in advance.
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90’ — Roma level! Bayern Munich 2, AS Roma 2
Just when you thought it was done! Manuela Giugliano strikes at the death off a rebound. Roma fashioned a glorious chance out of nowhere and Bayern’s defenders were in pieces.
85’ — Off the line! Again!
Sydney Lohmann is left astonished as she gets on the end of a brilliantly worked attacking sequence, only for an instant save at close range. It’s somehow still a game.
58’ — Roma pull one back! Bayern Munich 2, AS Roma 1
Evelyne Viens is on the receiving end of a gorgeous pass into the box. Bayern captain Viggósdóttir slides in to try to block but it’s just out of her reach, and it’s a game again.
50’ — Off the line!
Lea Schüller gets on the end of a ball over the top. It’s not a clean takedown but almost enough and forces a desperate clearance by the Roma defense. Bayern knocking on the door now to blow this game wide open.
Half-time thoughts and observations: Bayern Munich 2, AS Roma 0
- Bayern can be thankful they haven’t conceded once or twice. It’s an upper hand but not dominating performance, so typical of the Bavarians’ season to date.
- However, a slim lead and completely open game turned on its head with the last action of the first half. Bayern’s shots weren’t all finding their mark but the last one from Katharina Naschenweng found two Roma defenders and ended up in the net.
- Roma keeper Camelia Ceasar has done a solid job on the day but had absolutely no chance with that one.
- Good to see Saki Kumagai out there in midfield for I Giallorossi. The Japanese international spent the last two seasons at Bayern.
- All eyes now on the Bayern bench. Can Alexander Straus keep the pressure going?
45+4’ - GOAAAAAAAL!!! Bayern Munich 2, AS Roma 0
Just when the script was written! Katharina Naschenweng fires from the edge of the box, it takes two deflections, and pinballs into the net for an own goal.
25’ — Roma chance!
A clever pull-back after a drive into the box and the first-time shot from Roma just clears the bar. Mere inches away from an equalizer.
20’ — GOAL!!!!!!! Bayern Munich 1, AS Roma 0
Dangerous free kick delivery into the box. It’s touched down towards the near post and Jovana Damnjanović is there to get to the second ball and poke it in. Roma protest but to no avail.
13’ — Roma chance! Bayern defend a free kick in a dangerous position. After a block, they try to play it out but a loose pass is intercepted for a second Roma effort, which sails over the crossbar.
10’ — Bayern chance! Lea Schüller latches onto a cross into the box but it deflects back. Linda Dallman is there to try to tuck it in but it’s blocked.
1' — We're off!
The anthems are concluded, the handshakes are done, and we are underway. Bayern start off on the ball.
Lineups are out!
Bayern Munich is set to take the field against AS Roma as UWCL group stage action begins. Here’s the Frauen starting lineup for the day:
Gwinn — Viggósdóttir (c) — Eriksson — Naschenweng
Stanway — Zadrazil
Dallmann — Damnjanović — Bühl
Meanwhile Lina Magull returns to the bench that also includes young phenom Alara Şehitler.
Giulia Gwinn, Magdalena Eriksson, and Lea Schüller were all left as unused substitutes on the bench on Sunday and are expected to start. Tuva Hansen, Jill Baijings, and Jovana Damnjanović could be the ones to make way.
Then it’s another three days before Werder Bremen next Sunday, followed by a trip to Paris the following Thursday.
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