The Tönnies Arena witnessed a David vs Goliath encounter on Wednesday evening, when hosts FSV Gütersloh 2009 took on powerhouses VfL Wolfsburg in a DFB-Pokal der Frauen (German DFB Women’s Cup) quarterfinal match. Wolfsburg, the reigning FLYERALARM Frauen-Bundesliga (FLYERALARM Women’s Bundesliga) and DFB-Pokal der Frauen champions, were the runaway favourites against the Women’s Bundesliga 2 side, who went into the cup game without any match practise after the COVID-19 break.
Gütersloh head coach Steffen Enge had to cope with the absence of Shpresa Aradini, Marina Hermes, Pia Lange, Melissa Schulz, Janna Härtel and Isabelle Wolf. These six regular players were not able to go into the one-week long obligatory pre-match quarantine due to work commitments. The pre-match quarantine is an important part of the medicial concept created by the Deutscher Fußball-Bund (DFB) and DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga to resume the 2019/20 season despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lara Dickenmann (14′) opened the score sheet for Wolfsburg with a stunning shot from 20 metres. But the visitors had their problems with a well-organised and strong Gütersloh back line.
FSV Gütersloh managed to go into the half-time break with a narrow deficit and there were still hopes that the underdogs from the 2nd Divison could somehow manage a goal against Wolfsburg.
But Alexandra Popp (51′) and Dickenmann (62′) increased Wolfsburg’s in the early stages of the second half to seal a comfortable 3-0 win for the visitors.
VfL Wolfsburg will face 2nd Division side DSC Arminia Bielefeld in the DFB-Pokal der Frauen semifinals next week.
Please click the link below to view the FSV Gütersloh 2009 vs VfL Wolfsburg photo gallery on my Facebook page:
DFB-Pokal der Frauen | Quarterfinal
at Tönnies Arena, Rheda-Wiedenbrück
FSV Gütersloh 2009 0-3 VfL Wolfsburg
0-1 Lara Dickenmann (14′)
0-2 Alexandra Popp (51′)
0-3 Lara Dickenmann (62′)
FSV Gütersloh 2009
26 Sarah Rolle – 9 Celina Baum (85′ 18 Elina Büttner), 4 Charlotte Blümel, 30 Birgitta Schmücker, 20 Nina Zimmer – 27 Anna Aehling, 7 Melanie Schuster (90′ 23 Dilan Aggül), 14 Noreen Günnewig, 22 Pauline Berning, 21 Paula Reimann – 25 Annalena Rieke (68′ Lena Strothmann)
27 Friederike Abt – 24 Joelle Wedemeyer, 28 Lena Goeßling, 21 Lara Dickenmann (72′ 9 Anna Blässe) – 16 Noelle Maritz, 15 Ingrid Syrstad Engen (72′ 17 Ewa Pajor), 5 Claudia Neto, 22 Pernille Harder (46′ 11 Alexandra Popp), 19 Kristine Minde (64′ 14 Fridolina Rolfö) – 20 Pia-Sophie Wolter (64′ 10 Svenja Huth), 3 Zsanett Jakabfi
Franziska Erkes, Katharina Gerhard