VfL Wolfsburg Women battled hard for a share of the points in their third UEFA Women’s Champions League game, with head coach Tommy Stroot’s side getting a 1-1 draw away to AS Roma on Wednesday evening. Ewa Pajor was on the mark for the Green-and-Whites (33’), cancelling out the hosts’ early lead through Valentina Giacinti (3’).
The point enables VfL to remain ahead of Roma on goal difference at the top of Group B before the two sides meet again on Thursday 8 December (kick-off at 18.45, live on DAZN) at the AOK Stadium.
- 1-0 Giacinti (3’): Emilie Haavi’s clearance is blocked by Lynn Wilms but the ball falls kindly into Giacinti’s path, and she gives Frohms no chance with an immediate side-footed shot into the far corner.
- 1-1 Pajor (33’): A eye-catching, cleverly worked attack brings the Green-and-Whites back on level terms. Jule Brand sends the ball out to the left wing where Pajor jinks past an opponent, bears down on goal and fires home into the right-hand corner. What a goal!
VfL head coach Tommy Stroot: “We saw a good game out there, and it was as intense as we expected it to be. We knew that we were going to come up against a team that was very well set up tactically, with a lot of character and passion in the squad, and that was what we saw during the match. We had some good chances to make it 2-1, particularly in the second half, but we didn’t quite manage it. Not that we’re unhappy with the result – in a tough away game, we’ve come away with a 1-1 draw and now we’re heading home having taken a valuable point.”
Line-ups and stats
AS Rom: Lind – Bartoli, Linari, Wenninger, Minami – Alves (72‘ Haug), Giugliano, Greggi – Glionna (54’ Serturini), Giacinti (90’ Lazaro), Haavi
Subs: Caesar (GK), Öhrström (Tor), Cinotti, Landström, Ciccotti, Kajzba, Bergersen, Kollmats, Kramzar
VfL Wolfsburg: Frohms – Wilms, Hendrich, Janssen, Rauch – Lattwein, Popp (71‘ Hegering) – Huth, Roord (88‘ Blomqvist), Brand (46‘ Jonsdottir) – Pajor
Subs: Kassen (GK), Kiedrzynek (Tor), Bremer, Starke, Demann, Wedemeyer, Waßmuth
Goals: 1-0 Giacinti (3‘), 1-1 Pajor (33‘)
Yellow cards: Bartoli / Popp, Janssen, Lattwein, Roord
Referee: Marina Zivkovic (Serbia)
Attendance: 3,350 at Stadio Comunale Domenico Francioni, Latina