Bayern Munich Frauen claim 2020/21 Frauen-Bundesliga title
Bayern Munich Frauen defeated Eintracht Frankfurt 4-0 to claim the 2020/21 Frauen-Bundesliga title. It’s the first time since the 2015/16 campaign that Bayern has finished atop the Frauen-Bundesliga table. Bayern’s title ends Wolfsburg’s run of four consecutive titles in the German top flight.
How it unfolded
Two goals in the first 25 minutes of the match set the tone for the rest of the 90 minutes. Laura Dallmann scored both goals for Bayern as the home side looked like they were going to cruise to victory. In the second half, an own goal in the 54th minute put Bayern up 3-0, and then Lea Schuller scored her 15th goal of the season to wrap up the 4-0 win in the 90th minute.
Another clean sheet gets the job done
The victory over Frankfurt was Bayern’s 16th clean sheet of the season. Their strong defensive form was on full display against Frankfurt with the Frauen-Bundesliga’s second-leading goal scorer Laura Freigang being held to no goals.
Entering this match, Bayern needed to either win or draw in order to claim the title and their backline and goalkeeping did not let them down in one of the biggest fixtures of the domestic season.
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Goalkeeper Laura Benkarth was the starting goalkeeper in all 16 of Bayern’s clean sheets including Sunday’s victory. She finishes as the league leader in clean sheets as her shutout record was also a career-high.
Bayern was by far the club with the best defensive record in the league as they finished with only nine goals conceded in 22 matches. There’s no question this was a key reason why they were able to win the title. In each of Wolfsburg’s four recent title-winning seasons, they allowed 14 goals or fewer. This time around, Bayern was the club that was able to produce the best defensive record and it resulted in a title-winning campaign.
Schuller concludes the campaign with another goal
Schuller nearly equaled her 16 goal tally from last season with Essen in her first campaign with Bayern. The 23-year-old will finish with 15 goals in 20 appearances which is the second-highest season goal total of her career. Impressively, 13 of her 15 goals came in the last half of the season after only scoring two goals at the halfway mark. She played an instrumental role in helping provide Bayern the goals needed to win the title.
After dethroning Wolfsburg from the top of the Frauen-Bundesliga, Bayern will certainly be looking to begin a run of consecutive titles in the league. They have done this before as they claimed the 2014/15 and 2015/16 titles back-to-back. However, it will likely not be an easy task for them as Wolfsburg proved to a difficult adversary up until the final matchday. Wolfsburg finished just two points behind Bayern and is certainly capable of returning next season to reclaim the title. It promises to be another exciting title race in the 2021/22 season.