The first two match days of the women’s Bundesliga held some surprises. One thing is certain: after the following matchday, at most one team will have won the maximum number of points and only one team will remain without points in the cellar. Thanks to a duel between ups and downs: Wolfsburg and Leverkusen, both with six points in the lead, meet as well as Hoffenheim and Meppen, bottom in the standings. The preview of all games.
Helene and Daniel look back over the first two days. What trends can be seen so early in the season? And how does it continue? Listen now!
Friday 30 September 2022, 7.16 pm: VfL Wolfsburg – Bayer Leverkusen
Saturday 1 October 2022, 1.01pm: 1.FC Cologne – Turbine Potsdam
Sunday 2 October 2022, 1.01pm: SV Meppen – TSG Hoffenheim
Sunday 2 October 2022, 1.01pm: Frankfurt – Werder Bremen
Sunday 2 October 2022, 4.01 pm: MSV Duisburg – Bayern Munich
Sunday 2 October 2022, 4.01 pm: SC Freiburg – SGS Essen
All games start a minute later: a match day campaign for climate protection by the DFB. The matches can be seen as usual on Magenta Sport, the Friday evening match will also be broadcast on Eurosport.
Wolfsburg and Leverkusen are the only two teams that have not lost their feathers so far. Leverkusen also kept clean sheets, but also scored far fewer goals than favorites VfL: The Rhinelanders won 1-0 against MSV Duisburg and in the derby against Cologne. Wolfsburg started the season with a 4-0 win against Essen, but had many problems with Hoffenheim and turned the game around late, also thanks to Jule Brand, who animated the attacking game a lot after being was substituted and scored the decisive goal .
A question for his first starting eleven in the Bundesliga with the green jersey. In the last home game against Leverkusen, at that time still for Hoffenheim, Brand also scored the opening 1-0. His team then won 7-1 – the same result was also scored in Wolfsburg’s last match at the end of the season against Leverkusen. That’s why Leverkusen are not yet the shooting booth of the championship, but are inconsistent in terms of defensive behaviour. They showed a completely different face in their first meeting with Wolfsburg last season when the Werkself drew. That’s why this game is a deal: from a surprise to a crushing victory for Wolfsburg, anything is possible. And will Jill Bayings score her third dream goal in a row?
It was probably the most spectacular transfer in the Bundesliga this summer: Selina Cerci was brought to the cathedral city from Potsdam. With 13 goals, the 22-year-old was an all-time key player for Turbine and was well on her way to becoming a top scorer before a cruciate ligament tear slowed her down. The move to Cologne, which is three places behind Potsdam in the 21/22 standings, came as a bit of a surprise. But the first two days already indicate that the balance of power could be reversed this season.
Cologne won the first game against favorites TSG Hoffenheim 3-1 and showed a lot of efficiency and good counter-attacks. This was missed a bit in the next game against Leverkusen, so Sascha Glass’s team is now in the middle of the table with three points. Turbine Potsdam initially chased the ball and opponents in their opening match against Bremen before an increase in performance earned them a point. But the next game was one to forget: 0:3 defeat against relegation candidate No. 1 MSV Duisburg and injury worries: Captain Noemi Gentile had to be carried off the field. Potsdam won twice last year, Cerci also scored in the first game, but will probably only be back in form from the second half of the season.
The days when TSG Hoffenheim was one of the candidates for relegation in the league are long gone. Meanwhile, qualification for the Champions League is more in the plans of those in charge: in order not to fall behind the competition, the points must be scored now. After a pitch-black first half against Cologne, the opening game was marred, but Hoffenheim fought well against Wolfsburg, so don’t jump to conclusions from bottom place.
With Freiburg and Essen, Meppen had no easy tasks ahead of him, but they were matches that could have earned points. Meppen also showed some good approaches, he tried to not only stay behind and put a lot of pressure. At the same time, the Emsland women found it difficult to create clear chances and made too many simple mistakes. A good omen for SV: they won their last match against Hoffenheim 1-0.
Eintracht Frankfurt is characterized by a strong offensive line, which is also well manned across the board. Defensively, however, eagle bearers sometimes vary greatly in their performance. The last win, a 4-2 victory against Freiburg, which could have gone well 6-3, proved it once again. Werder Bremen counterpoint this: the green-and-whites are regularly praised for their defensive work, with lots of running efforts and duels, but look quite poor up front. The nine goals scored last season speak for themselves.
But it wasn’t just the strikers who were to blame, the midfield was too rarely able to play constructively up front. In the summer, Saskia Matheis was brought in by SGE, who immediately fitted in with two strong performances and a goal.
Matheis probably wouldn’t even object to a goal against his former club. She herself knows how unpleasant it can be to play against Werder: last season, Werder drove Frankfurt to despair with a tough defense and achieved a 1-0 victory.
Who scored more goals after matchday two: newly promoted MSV Duisburg or runners-up Bayern Munich? The surprising result of this confrontation is a draw: both went goalless in their first game – Bayern against Frankfurt, Duisburg against Leverkusen – and scored three last weekend. The mood in the Ruhr area is accordingly good. “If every single pearl in the chain works, then it can only work. With optimal passing I just had to push,” said double goalscorer Yvonne Zielinski happily after the match.
At Bayern, the odds sounded a little more subdued after their difficult 3-0 win over Werder. The Bavarian offensive still has room for improvement, for a long time the Munich team had difficulty surprising their opponents with speed or intelligent passing. “I don’t think that was what we want to bring onto the pitch,” said Linda Dallmann, who contributed to the victory with a dream goal. Even the new coach Alexander Straus didn’t erupt in euphoria: even after the victory, “they weren’t the kings of the world, there are many things we have to face,” explained the Norwegian. An offensive improvement should be possible against Duisburg, assuming the return of the UWCL against Real Sociedad doesn’t bother Bayern too much.
A game between the first eleven of the former Freiburg and Essen players looks fun: Lena Oberdorf, Jackie Groenen and Linda Dallmann could play for the SGS in midfield, Nicole Anyomi and Lea Schüller would be responsible for the goals and Marina Hegering and Sara Doorsoun would be the ones holding the defense together. In Freiburg, a strong block now Bayern would be represented with Giulia Gwinn, Klara Bühl and Lina Magull, Merle Frohms could keep the box clean. But it is all wishful thinking as both clubs are unable to keep such players.
However, they keep up with smart engagements time and time again. Essen in particular, as an even more financially constrained women’s club than Freiburg, has developed a very good scouting system and an environment that allows talented people to develop well. For example Felicitas Kockmann – the only 17-year-old is already in her second season in the Bundesliga and scored the winning goal against Meppen. Freiburg have also already won against Meppen, now the second three should arrive. Theresa Merk was disappointed after the defeat against Frankfurt, but wanted to learn from it: “We tried too much today and got too little out of it. Of course we are disappointed, but we can also analyze a lot,” said the new Freiburg manager .