Tyresö FF beat Birmingham City 3-0 to progress to the UEFA Women’s Champions League Final, whilst Wolfsburg earned a 4-2 victory over Potsdam in their thrilling semi-final (2nd leg) contest.
It was goalless on aggregate heading into both of the UEFA Women’s Champions League semi-final (second leg) matches, Tyresö FF v Birmingham and VfL Wolfsburg v Turbine Potsdam.
Here is a review of both semi-final matches, the results of which means Tyresö FF and VfL Wolfsburg will go head to head in Portugal in May to contest the Women’s Champions League Final!
REVIEW: Tyresö FF 3-0 (AGG: 3-0) Birmingham City
Tyresö FF and Birmingham City were the first UWCL action of the day, with the Swedish side dominating the first half though Birmingham soaked up the pressure well and looked threatening on the counter-attack.
In the 48th minute, Tyresö were awarded a penalty, Marta stepped up to take it but sent the ball well over the bar. It was just passed the hour mark that the deadlock was broken as Christen Press scored. The 1-0 deficit was not too much to worry about for the Blues, the equaliser would have still seen them through on away goals.
In the 72nd minute, Christen Press scored her second of the game and her 9th goal in Europe this season to double the hosts’ lead. Birmingham kept fighting but were left vulnerable at the back, in injury time Marta increased the lead to 3-0.
The result booked Tyresö FF’s place at the UEFA Women’s Champions League Final. Disappointment for Birmingham who gave nothing but 100% during their whole Champions League campaign and are sure to have made their fans and England proud.
Tyresö line-up: Korpela, Engen, Røddik, Sembrant, Klingenberg, Dahlkvist, Diaz, Seger (c), Boquete, Marta, Press
Birmingham Line-up: Spencer, Weston, Sargeant, Mannion, Carter, Allen, Carney (c), Potter, Moore, Lawley, Linnett
REVIEW: VfL Wolfsburg 4-2 (AGG: 4-2) 1.FFC Turbine Potsdam
The exciting semi-final between holders VfL Wolfsburg and 1.FFC Turbine Potsdam attracted the biggest crowd of the UEFA Women’s Champions League season so far as 10,791 fans filled the stadium.
The action did not disappoint, end to end is an understatement of the passion and performance given by both German clubs.
It was Potsdam who broke the deadlock early as Simic scored in the 7th minute, but just 10 minutes later the home side brought the game back level through Kessler. In the 35th minute, confusion in Wolfsburg defence and an error by keeper Schult allowed Añonma the chance to make it 2-1 Potsdam! The lead was short lived as only minute later Popp headed home the equaliser for Wolfsburg.
Just 4 minutes from the end of the first half, Wolfsburg took the lead for the first time in the game as Popp scored her second of the match.
The second half was just as exciting as the first, with Potsdam looking for the equaliser (that would see them progress) and Wolfsburg looking to extend their lead to reduce the pressure. The game got a little heated as time started to run out and in the 80th minute Muller found the net and made it 4-2 to Wolfsburg leaving Potsdam needing at least two goals in the remaining 10 minutes.
Despite Potsdam’s efforts, they were unable to get the goals they needed, therefore miss out on a place in the final. Holders Wolfsburg have a chance to defend their title in Lisbon on 22 May 2014!
Wolfsburg line-up: Schult, Wensing, Fischer, Bunte, Faisst, Henning, Blässe, Kessler (c), Goessling, Popp, Müller
Potsdam line-up: Berger, Elsig, Mjelde, Kemme, Draws (c), Wälti, Simic, Bremer, Añonma, Nagasato, Evans
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