VfL Women’s internationals ended the year on a high, winning all the competitive matches they were involved in with their respective teams in the final international break of 2020.
Win on debut
Kathrin Hendrich, Svenja Huth, Lena Oberdorf, Felicitas Rauch and Pia-Sophie Wolter all featured as Germany won their final two games in Group I of Women’s Euro 2022 qualifying. In a 6-0 win over Greece in Ingolstadt, Rauch played the full 90 minutes while Oberdorf was brought on half-time. Oberdorf, along with captain Huth and Hendrich, was then in the starting line-up for the 3-1 win over Republic of Ireland just a few days later. In the second half, Wolter got her big moment as she replaced VfL teammate Hendrich in the 61st minute for her international debut.
Defeat to world champions in friendly
Reigning European champions the Netherlands began the last international period with a high-profile friendly against USA, losing 2-0. Dominique Janssen played the full match, while fellow She-Wolf Shanice van de Sanden came off the bench in the 67th minute. It went better for the pair in the final Euro qualifier as the Netherlands saw off Kosovo 6-0. Janssen was not involved this time but Van de Sanden again came on midway through the second half.
Rolfö and Blomqvist on target
Sweden, who like Germany and the Netherlands had already booked their place at the Euro 2022 in England, also ended the year with a comfortable win. Fridolina Rolfö and VfL’s new signing Rebecka Blomqvist celebrated a 6-0 victory over Slovakia, with the She-Wolves pair grabbing a goal each. Rolfö made it 3-0 shortly before the break, while Blomqvist – whose contract with VfL Women started on 1 December and who will link up with her new team straight after the international break – netted the fifth goal in the 53rd minute.