Billa strike ends Wolfsburg’s 100% run as Bayern narrow gap: Frauen-Bundesliga Week 13 Round-Up
• Hoffenheim ended Wolfsburg’s 12-game winning streak with a spirited performance at the mighty AOK Stadion
· Bayern Munich capitalised and recorded a dominant 2-0 victory over Werder Bremen away on Sunday
· Turbine Potsdam condemned to their 12th defeat of the season with a 3-0 loss away to Duisburg
An own goal from Felicitas Rauch and a strike from Nicole Billa were enough for Hoffenheim to end Wolfsburg’s 100% percent run at the AOK Stadion on Saturday afternoon.
Wolfsburg opened the scoring through midfielder Julie Brand in the first minute of the first half with an assist from Icelandic midfielder Sveindís Jane Jónsdóttir as the hostesses appeared to be making a statement before Rauch put one behind her own goalkeeper Merle Frohms one minute before half-time to put the visitors level into the break.
Billa doubled the visitors’ lead 20 minutes from time after pouncing on a Melissa Kössler pass, taking her season’s goal tally to six, and it would be enough for Die Kraichgauer to bag a full set of points.
Wolfsburg remain at the apex of the Bundesliga log on 36 points from 12 wins and a defeat in 13 outings whilst Hoffenheim remain fourth on 26 points from eight wins and two draws in the same number of contests.
Meanwhile, former champions Bayern Munich reduced the gap to log leaders Wolfsburg to two points after edging Werder Bremen 2-0 away at the Weserstadion Platz 11 on Sunday afternoon.
Last season’s Bundesliga Golden Boot Award winner Lea Schüller opened the scoring for Alexander Straus’s side four minutes before the half-time break — taking her season's goal tally to eight to become joint-third top scorer in the current Bundeliga campaign alongside Wolfsburg’s Alexandra Popp — and the visitors went to the break in the lead.
Defender Maximiliane Rall made it 2-0 to the Bavarians 12 minutes from time with an assist from Englishwoman Georgia Stanway to secure a crucial full set of points.
Werder Bremen midfielder Nina Lührßen was shown a red card after receiving a second yellow in the third minute of second half extra-time.
Bayern remain second on the standings on 34 points from 11 wins and a draw in 13 encounters whilst Werder Bremen slipped from ninth to 11th on 10 points from two wins and four draws in the same number of ties.
Nicole Anyomi scored a brace as Eintracht Frankfurt mulled Freiburg 4-1 at home at the Stadion am Brentanobad on Friday evening to consolidate their third position on the standings.
Anyomi opened the account for Frankfurt in the 17th minute with an assist from Austrian defender Verena Hanshaw and the hostesses took the lead into the break.
The 23-year-old German international completed her brace, making it 2-0 10 minutes into the second half as Hanshwa also completed a brace of assists before Swiss forward Géraldine Reuteler tripled the lead five minutes later with an assist from midfielder Sjoeke Nüsken.
78th minute substitute striker Hasret Kayikçi pulled one back for Freiburg seven minutes from time to make it 3-1 with an assist from 60th minute substitute defender-cum-midfielder Judith Steinert before 69th minute substitute striker Carlotta Wamser put the match beyond the visitors with a strike at the stroke of full-time to secure a crucial set of maximum points.
Frankfurt remain third on the standings on 29 points from nine wins and two draws in 13 contests whilst Freiburg remain fifth on 22 points from seven wins and a draw in the same number of outings.
Bayer Leverkusen drew nil-all with FC Köln away at the Franz-Kremer-Stadion in Cologne on Sunday.
Leverkusen remain sixth on the standings on 16 points from five wins and a draw in 13 ties whilst Köln remain 10th on 11 points from three wins and two draws in the same number of encounters.
Goals from Anna Margraf and Beke Sterner cancelled out each other as Meppen drew one-all at home to SGS Essen on Sunday afternoon.
Meppen opened the scoring through Margraf on 27 minutes with an assist from Japanese midfielder Mai Hirata and the hostesses took the slender lead into the break.
Sterner levelled the scores for Essen with a strike just five minutes into the second half with an assist from midfielder Natasha Kowalski to ensure that the teams shared the spoils.
Essen remain seventh on the standings on 14 points from four wins and two draws 13 contests whilst Meppen remain eighth on 13 points from four wins and a draw in the same number of outings.
Sarah Freutel scored a hat-trick as Duisburg hammered Turbine Potsdam 3-0 in a bottom-of-the-log clash at the MSV-Arena in Duisburg on Sunday afternoon.
The 30-year-old midfielder opened the scoring with a strike 13 minutes into the first half with an assist from midfielder Miray Cin before doubling the hostesses lead with a 29th minute strike after pouncing on a Yvonne Zielinski pass.
Half-time substitute forward Amber Barrett fluffed the chance to pull one back for Potsdam when she missed a penalty just a minute after coming on.
Freutel returned to complete her hat-trick just a minute later with another assist from Zielinski as Duisburg collected their fourth set of full points of the term.
The win saw Duisburg move from 11th place to ninth on the standings on 13 points from four wins and a draw in 13 ties whilst Potsdam remain at the bottom of the log on a single point from a single draw in 13 encounters.
RESULTS: Friday 03 March, 2023 (Eintracht Frankfurt 4 – 1 SC Freiburg)
RESULTS: Saturday 04 March, 2023 (VfL Wolfsburg 1 – 2 TSG 1899 Hoffenheim)
RESULTS: Sunday 05 March, 2023 (1. FC Köln 0 – 0 Bayer 04 Leverkusen)
RESULTS: Sunday 05 March, 2023 (MSV 02 Duisburg 3 – 0 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam)
RESULTS: Sunday 05 March, 2023 (SV Werder Bremen 0 – 2 Bayern München)
RESULTS: Sunday 05 March, 2023 (SV Meppen 1 – 1 SGS Essen)