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Grünheid hat-trick send underdogs Arminia Bielefeld to DFB Women’s Cup semis

Arminia Bielefeld's Sarah Grünheid celebrating one of her goals in the DFB-Pokal der Frauen quarterfinal match against SC Sand. (© CPD Football)
Arminia Bielefeld's Sarah Grünheid celebrating one of her goals in the DFB-Pokal der Frauen quarterfinal match against SC Sand. © CPD Football

Women’s Bundesliga 2 side DSC Arminia Bielefeld had a surprise in store when they played host to SC Sand in a DFB-Pokal der Frauen (German DFB Women’s Cup) quarterfinal match behind closed doors at the EDIMEDIEN-Arena in Bielefeld on Wednesday. Sarah Grünheid’s second half hat-trick secured Bielefeld a 3-2 win against the visitors from Germany’ top tier women’s league, the FLYERALARM Women’s Bundesliga (FLYERALARM Frauen-Bundesliga).

Bielefeld went into the match without any match practise after the COVID-19 break, while the visitors had the advantage of playing a fixture in the FLYERALARM Women’s Bundesliga last Friday. SC Sand dominated the proceedings right from kick off and took an early lead in the 9th minute when Viktoria Pinther opened the score sheet.

The visitors pushed for a second goal, but they were unable to hit the target. The score line read 1-0 to the visitors as both sides went into the half-time break.

The second half turned out to be a different affair as Bielefeld managed to keep Sand at bay. Bielefeld’s self-belief paid off in the 62nd minute when Sarah Grünheid scored the equaliser for the home side. Grünheid was indeed in a scoring mood and added two more goals to her name in the 75th and 76th minute to complete her hat-trick.

Sand reduced the margin in injury time when Anne von Bonn converted a penalty kick. But the goal came to late for the visitors. Referee Kathrin Heimann blew the full-time whistle and the celebrations erupted in Bielefeld.

Arminia Bielefeld will face defending champions and Women’s football powerhouse VfL Wolfsburg in the semifinals next week.

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Match Stats

DFB-Pokal der Frauen | Quarterfinal
at EDIMEDIEN-Arena, Bielefeld

DSC Arminia Bielefeld 3-2 SC Sand

0-1 Viktoria Pinther (9′)
1-1 Sarah Grünheid (62′)
2-1 Sarah Grünheid (75′)
3-1 Sarah Grünheid (76′)
3-2 Anne von Bonn (90’+1′)


DSC Arminia Bielefeld
24 Joyce Lee Braun – 13 Grit Bender, 6 Leonie Heitlindemann, 16 Sandra Hausberger, 23 Sophia Thiemann (53′ 9 Gentiana Fetaj, 89′ 15 Maja Sternad, 90’+4′ 5 Dilara Soley Deli) – 17 Joana Weber, 14 Annabel Jäger, 10 Lisa Lösch, 25 Sophie Krall – 21 Sarah Grünheid, 8 Giustina Ronzetti

SC Sand
1 Charlotte Voll – 5 Diane Caldwell, 25 Michaela Brandenburg, 17 Franziska Fiebig, 3 Myrthe Moorrees – 7 Anne van Bonn, 27 Ricarda Schaber, 10 Dina Blagojević, 8 Nadine Prohaska – 9 Dörthe Hoppius (58′ 15 Agnieszka Winczo), 24 Viktoria Pinther (83′ 23 Mona Lohmann)


Yellow Cards
34′ Dina Blagojević (SC Sand)

Match Officials

Kathrin Heimann

Assistant Referee
Sina Kühn, Laura Duske