The VfL Women’s team took a big step towards the last 16 of the UEFA Women’s Champions League with a 1-0 victory over Thor/KA in Wednesday’s first leg. UEFA Women’s Player of the Year Pernille Harder scored the only goal of the game in Iceland, prodding home from a corner in the 31st minute. The VfL Ladies could have won by an even bigger margin, but failed to make the most of numerous goalscoring opportunities. Stephan Lerch’s side were nevertheless able to secure a solid advantage ahead of the second leg, which takes place on Wednesday 26 September (kick-off: 18:00 CEST).
Head coach Lerch was without six first-team players in Akureyri on Wednesday, with captain Nilla Fischer (personal reasons), Alexandra Popp, Noelle Maritz (both suspended), Anna Blässe, Babett Peter and Jana Burmeister (all injured) unable to travel to Iceland.
The Green-Whites are due to return to Wolfsburg on Thursday ahead of their first game of the new Allianz Women’s Bundesliga season against 1. FFC Frankfurt. The clash at the AOK Stadion takes place on Sunday 16 September at 14:00 CEST.
“We didn’t make the most of our superiority”
VfL head coach Stephan Lerch: “It was one-way traffic and we must have had around 90 per cent of the ball. We created many goalscoring chances, but our opponents were very deep and did everything they could to keep us at bay. We hit the ball straight at their ‘keeper, we hit the bar and the post - in short, we weren’t able to secure a more comfortable result. It annoys me that we weren’t clinical enough and didn’t make the most of our superiority.”
Thor/KA: Bukovec - Kristinsdottir (Matthiasdottir 62’), Sierra, Hlynsdottir, Einarsdottir, Hannesdottir - Palsdottir (Arnadottir 84’), Petursdottir, Jessen - Mayo, Jonsdottir (90+3’ Sigurgeirsdottir)
VfL Wolfsburg: Schult - Doorsoun (Masar 65’), Goeßling, Wedemeyer, Dickenmann - Gunnarsdottir, Neto (Stolze 88’) - Hansen, Minde - Harder, Pajor (Jakabfi 72’)
Yellow cards: Petursdottir / -
Goals: 0-1 Harder (31’)
Attendance: Approx. 1,000
Referee: Eszter Urban (Hungary)