The fact that the setting of the stadium building in Jena was anything but perfect for the championship party did not bother the Wolfsburg team and the entourage that had traveled with them at all. Minutes before the final whistle, the substituted players danced on the sidelines with the ready-made championship jerseys, and there were loud “What the winners look like” and “Stand up for the wolves” from Ernst-Abbe’s stands, which were only sparsely occupied by 760 spectators – Sports field.
Cardboard shell in Jena, real trophy in Wolfsburg
At the final whistle there was nothing to hold back, everyone in the center circle hugged and held up a brought-in cardboard bowl. The real trophy comes after the home game against Bayer Leverkusen next Sunday (14.00, live on NDR).
The trip home to Wolfsburg should be wet and happy. There were “one or two cold drinks” on board the bus, said the injured Pia-Sophie Wolter. “We’ve worked hard for it, it’s sensational. I’m looking forward to the trip home,” said VfL coach Tommy Stroot with a wide grin.
Strong VfL season despite all adversity
The VfL entourage can then celebrate an almost perfect season. Coach Stroot’s team, which first came to Aller from Enschede last summer and impressively defied all setbacks – staff changes with nine departures, injuries to top players like Ewa Pajor, Alexandra Popp and Almuth Schult – suffered only one defeat.
No later than eleven victories in a row, including a 6-0 victory over the now dethroned champions FC Bayern Munich. On May 28, there is also a chance for a double – in the final of the DFB Cup against Turbine Potsdam. The only drop of bitterness is the semi-finals of the Champions League, where the “wolves” respectfully withdrew from the affair after the 1: 5 defeat to the great FC Barcelona in the second match (2: 0).
By the break, everything was ready
The match in Jena started with a moment of shock for the VfL women: Popp had to be treated for a long time for a head injury, but then continued to play with bandages. After this, the events on the field took the expected one-sided course. Against completely overwhelmed Jena, the leaders of the table were ahead 2-0 after just a few minutes with goals from Pajor (8th) and Sveindís Jónsdóttir (10th).
After that, the only goal was also for the hosts, who closed the third goal in the best slapstick manner through an own goal by Tina Kremlitschka (18th). Most recently after Felicitas Rauch’s 4-0 lead (25th), even the last doubters should have been convinced of the Wolfsburg women’s title victory. Lena Lattwein made it 5-0 before the break (38 ‘).
VfL women do not let go
Gentle after restart? Not with VfL. 53 seconds had elapsed when the ball was in Jena’s net again: Jill Roord scored from 20 yards to 6-0. Popp increased the lead to 7-0 a little later (57th). Only then did the visitors take it easy and even let Julia Arnold score a consolation goal (79 ‘). But it was only a small and short mercy, Tabea Waßmuth (81st), Pauline Bremer (83rd) and Svenja Huth (85th) finally reached double digits and secured the season’s highest VfL victory with their goals.