In the end, the exhaustion was greater than the euphoria of victory. “The mood in the cabin and at the beginning of the bus trip was pretty good, but after a certain time we all fell asleep,” reveals Melissa Kössler with a laugh. The 20-year-old offensive player celebrated an important 1-0 (0-0) victory at Eintracht Frankfurt with 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam on Friday evening in the women’s Bundesliga and had three points in her luggage on the long journey back from the Main to the Havel .
“We never stopped fighting and threw ourselves into every duel – it was a real fighting game,” says Kössler after the prestigious success in continuous rain in the stadium at the Brentanobad. Everyone was aware of the importance of the game in advance, says the Turbine player with the number 25, who returned to the Brandenburg state capital after a year abroad in the USA at the University of Massachusetts. “They are two traditional clubs that have made a lot of history so far,” she classifies and, in addition to the historical dimension, emphasizes the sporting importance in the battle for third place in the table – which for the first time also entitles them to participate in the Champions League. “That gave the game a special charm.”
In pictures: Turbine Potsdam wins classic in Frankfurt.
The only goal of the evening was scored by substitute Gina Chmielinski in minute 76. In retrospect, the 20-year-old from Ludwigsfeld spoke of a “special moment” when she sunk the leather from the edge of the penalty area into the Frankfurt box and then went down in a crowd of cheers from her teammates. “You could tell how happy everyone was and what a cool team we are.”
Despite the clear defeats to Bayern Munich (0: 3) and VfL Wolfsburg (0: 5), the Potsdam women showed a courageous appearance at the Frankfurt representation, which was relocated from the traditional 1. FFC to Eintracht before this season. “The situation before the game was difficult for us because we didn’t go out of the games against Bayern and Wolfsburg with as much self-confidence,” admitted Gina Chmielinski. After a foot injury sustained in Munich, she had to be satisfied with the joker role again. “At least I’m ready to say I can help the team again and give 100 percent. I’ll fight my way back now, ”said the goal scorer, hoping that coach Sofian Chahed will soon be an alternative to the starting line-up.
After the clear home defeat against the double winner from Wolfsburg, the Turbine coach said that he sees his team much more at eye level with Frankfurt – and was confirmed on Friday. “We were mostly the better team, got into the game through duels and created good opportunities in the first half. In my opinion, we are going back to Potsdam as a deserved winner, ”reported the 37-year-old from the Turbine team bus late on Friday evening – in which, after the initial cheers, calm had returned.