The FC Bayern Frauen are back.
The Bavarians have it all to do to get back into their group. In the reverse fixture, Roma’s Manuela Giugliano struck at the death to level terms, and Bayern subsequently dropped all three points to Ajax to wind up third in the group after four games.
That’s right — with four played, it is already the penultimate UWCL matchday. Roma sits last in the group while Ajax and Paris Saint-Germain round out the top. Catch the game on DAZN (requires free registration)
AS Roma 2 - Bayern Munich 2: Initial thoughts and observations
- What a WILD finish that was. Three goals after the 87th minute turned this game — and any conclusions to be drawn from it — upside down and all the way around.
- Both sides settle for a point, which is what neither side wanted. All eyes now on Paris vs. Ajax, kicking off shortly.
- Stay tuned for Match Awards and Observations!
90+6’ — BAYERN SCORE???!???
Set piece goal!!! What is even happening??? The ball is in the net, the crowd is booing, everyone looks confused. 2-2 is the score!
90+3’ — Roma SCORE!
Now the game has come alive! Bayern throw everything into attack and leave themselves open at the back. Roma press dangerously, and then score immediately off a throw-in!
Blink 182 rings out in the stands.
Work sucks. I know.
87’ — GOAAAAAL!!! BAYERN EQUALIZE!
And what is this? Bayern are suddenly level! Harder chips a cross that finds Lea Schüller, who heads home with precision! Roma nearly answer right back, but Grohs rises to nick it over the bar!
85’ — Double change for Bayern.
Franziska Kett and Alara Şehitler come on to inject some fresh energy into Bayern’s attack. Tuva Hansen (at center-back) and Sarah Zadrazil come off. It’s Şehitler’s second appearance.
79’ — Bayern shot!
It’s been a while since one of these. Damnjanović tries from outside the box and it is well wide. Sums up Bayern’s night in attack.
76’ — Bayern substitution.
Jovana Damnjanović comes on in an attacking swap as Linda Dallmann makes way. An Italian fan lets out a hearty “BOOOO” audible on the live stream.
60’ — Bayern makes a change.
Sydney Lohmann is the first substitute to come on, and it’s Klara Bühl who comes off.
Meanwhile Giacinti seems not able to believe she has been subbed off, despite having just made it look like she was completely unable to play anymore. The Roma player gestures in exasperation towards her bench.
She leaves the field on a stretcher moments later.
58’ — Substitutions coming.
Four time stoppages in 15 minutes as every Roma player stays down to receive treatment after contact. Looks like it’s the goal-scorer, Giacinti, who is unable to continue.
50’ — Bayern chance!
Excellent cross whipped in from the left wing. Schüller is there but doesn’t get her head to it. That looked like an open goal.
Half-time thoughts and observations:
- Well this is a major bummer of a game so far. Bayern has created little and Roma look far more organized, more prepared, and more up for it.
- To add insult to injury, Roma were gifted their only goal of the match. The worst kind to concede: losing it passing out the back.
- The silver lining, if there is any, is that Roma already has three yellow cards. But Bayern has to change their own fortune.
- Don't even want to glance at the Group C live standings.
33’ — GOAAAAL. Roma strike first!
It’s a calamity at the back as Bayern lose the ball passing out from defense. Roma pounce and Valentina Giacinti finds a top-shelf finish past Mala Grohs. The goal sends the Italian side from bottom to top of Group C, for now. Bayern in real trouble.
29’ — Bayern double chance!
Schüller supplies a beautiful cross from the right wing that lands right at the feet of Pernille Harder, who strikes first time at goal — Bayern’s first official shot. It’s an amazing save from Roma keeper Camelia Ceasar. The rebound falls to Linda Dallmann, who has a clean look herself at goal but her shot flies just above the crossbar.
28’ — Roma chance!
Evelyne Viens runs through open space on a blistering Roma counter and opts to go herself from distance. It’s an awkward-looking shot as it takes an immediate deflection, but it still looks goal-bound and Grohs stretches to paw it behind for a corner.
15’ — Bayern chance!
Giulia Gwinn whips in a gorgeous cross from the outside of her boot to find Lea Schüller in front of goal. She is whistled for offside, though it’s close. In any case Schüller doesn’t catch it cleanly and knocks it over the crossbar.
Roma respond instantly with an incisive attack. The ball is laid low across Grohs’ goal, but there’s nobody at the far post to tap it in. End to end stuff so far.
13’ — Roma chance!
Appeals for a penalty after a strong cross is deflected by Glódís Viggósdóttir, but they are rightly ignored. The Bayern center-back caught it on her foot and the ball rebounded off her head.
1’ — Roma almost scores instantly, but Mala Grohs is alert to the danger and makes a diving save after a cross rolls off a Roma player’s back towards goal.
1’ — Kickoff!
And we’re off! Bayern’s lineup today:
Location: Rome, Italy
Time: 12:45 PM EST
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