Yellow card for Elisa Senss (Bayer Leverkusen)
Zawistowska tanks up on the right flank and receives a rude body check from the Bayer captain.
Yellow card for Weronika Zawistowska (1. FC Cologne)
After losing the ball, the Pole clearly pulls on her opponent’s shirt and rightly sees the yellow card.
Matysik throws in the wrong ball on the right side and is called back by the referee. You don’t see that every day either.
On the right Matysik has plenty of room to cross, but it slips over her slippers. The ball flies straight into Klett’s arms.
Yellow card for Dina Blagojević (Bayer Leverkusen)
The defensive midfielder goes into a challenge with an impetuous tackle against Islacker in an FC changeover situation and thus earns the first entry in the game report sheet.
More than twenty minutes have now been played, but there are still no compelling chances to score. Leverkusen are clearly in control of the game and seem more dangerous, focused and structured.
But the second corner kick is not mandatory either: There is a header duel at the near post and the ball clearly misses the left post. There is repulsion for Bayer.
After a free kick from Puntigam’s left flank, “Effzeh” now has a corner kick. This is cleared at the near post for another corner kick with a head.
Kögel penetrates the penalty area from the left wing and takes a corner kick from the baseline. Senß brings this to the first post with a lot of train, but Klett is there with both fists.
Bayer has now clearly taken command, the “Effzeh” always has problems to free himself from his own half.
Wirtz seems to have hurt his arm in a duel with Beck. It stays where it is for the time being, but can probably continue playing for the time being.
Fuso has a lot of space on the left flank of Leverkusen, but he is too tense and is outrun by Gudorf.
Zawistowska has a lot of space on the left wing and breaks into the penalty area, but Turányi cuts her off the ball with a fine tackle. Leverkusen can conquer the ball and build it up.
Leverkusen is getting better and better in the game. The Werkself seem more venomous in duels and repeatedly combine well through midfield. Often the last pass is missing: Fuso cannot get through to Kögel at this moment – Degen can interfere.
Baijings tries to reach Kögel with a lob from 20 meters on the left. But this is too long for the Dutchwoman and the ball ends up in the gate.
The game starts mainly between the penalty areas and is characterized by smaller fouls on both sides. Neither Leverkusen nor Cologne could not necessarily come in front of the goal.
The billy goats grab the ball at the beginning and calmly build up. Bayer tries to disrupt early on, but hasn’t got access to the game yet.
The ball rolls! Referee Nadine Westerhoff kicked off the game. Leverkusen wears red jerseys today, Cologne wears gray jerseys.
The last “Rheinische Derby” in the Rudolf Haberland Stadium in Leverkusen took place at the beginning of November 2021 and the “Effzeh” won furiously 4:3. Triple goal scorer and match winner: Cologne’s top striker Mandy Islacker.
Bayer coach Robert de Pauw changes the starting XI in one position compared to the Duisburg game: Juliane Wirtz, who is much more defensive, starts in place of winger Amira Arfaoui. The only Bayer goalscorer of the season, Jill Baijings, starts again in attacking midfield. On the other hand, Cologne coach Sascha Glass remains unchanged compared to the previous week. After the convincing performance, he sees no need to make any changes. The double lead in the 4-4-2 system is repeated last week’s double goal scorer Mandy Islacker and Sharon Beck, who scored once.
The derby teams finished last season tied with 22 points. Due to the better goal difference, Bayer Leverkusen ended up in seventh place and Cologne in eighth place. The teams are once again in step this season: both were able to win the first game of the season. While Leverkusen secured a 1-0 win against the promoted women from Duisburg, Cologne set a small exclamation point with a 3-1 win over Hoffenheim.
Welcome to the second day of the women’s Bundesliga! Bayer 04 Leverkusen and 1. FC Köln open the football weekend at 7.15 p.m. with the “Rhenish Derby”!