Victory in Duisburg

VfL Women left it late to secure the points in a hard-fought win at MSV.

Die Spielerinnen des VfL Wolfsburg umarmen sich und bejubeln ihren Treffer.

VfL Wolfsburg Women earned a 4-1 victory at MSV Duisburg on Matchday 19 of the Google Pixel Women’s Bundesliga thanks to a flurry of late goals.

As 1. FC Köln had beaten SC Freiburg earlier on Sunday afternoon, Duisburg were confirmed as the first relegated team of the season prior to kick-off. However, that did not stop the Zebras producing a determined first-half display in which they competed well against a VfL side that missed a number of good chances to take the lead, leaving the match goalless at the interval. 

After the break, the hosts broke the deadlock somewhat surprisingly, before Alexandra Popp struck the equaliser (71’) that ultimately paved the way for the Green-and-Whites’ victory. Dominique Janssen converted from the penalty spot to put the She-Wolves in front, while quickfire goals from Vivien Endemann and Ewa Pajor sealed the points. 

VfL now have just under two weeks until their next match – a home fixture against Köln on Friday 3 May at the AOK Stadion (kick-off 18:30 CEST) – as the season enters the final straight, with three league games and the DFB Cup final on the agenda in May. 


Tommy Stroot: “That was more of a nerve-wracking match than we’d hoped it would be. We just have to be more clinical in putting our chances away. At the end of the day we’re going home with all three points, which is what we wanted.”

Line-ups and stats

VfL Wolfsburg: Frohms – Wedemeyer, Hendrich, Janssen, Rabano – Huth, Xhemaili (60‘ Popp), Hagel (60‘ Demann) – Endemann, Kalma (60‘ Pajor), Brand

Subs: Schmitz (GK), Borbe (GK), Nemeth

MSV Duisburg: Mahmutovic – 17 Zielinski (46‘ I. Sigurdardottir), 3 Thomas, 8 Fürst, 5 Flach – 19 Halverkamps (46‘ Freutel), 13 Muth, Cin, Bathmann – 18 Prvulovic (46‘ Josten), 9 Ries

Subs: Frehse (GK), Icier (GK), Ebels, Radosavljevic

Goals: 1-0 Muth (64‘), 1-1 Popp (71‘), 1-2 Janssen (85’, pen); 1-3 Endemann (88’), 1-4 Pajor (89’)

Yellow cards: Muth, Bathmann / Huth

Referee: Nadine Westerhoff (Bochum)

Attendance: 2,041 at Schauinsland-Reisen-Arena, Duisburg