Bayern Munich wins 10-1 on aggregate
Hibernian produced a much-improved performance in the second leg as they were eliminated by the Frauen-Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich 4-1.
Being 6-0 up after the first leg, it was no surprise that Bayern made five changes from the first leg with Manuela Zinsberger playing in goal, Leonie coming in at left-back, Anna Gerhardt and Katharina Baunach replacing Melanie Leupolz and Sara Dabritz in central midfield and Nicole Rosler replacing Vivianne Miedema up front.
Hibs made just one change with Emma Brownlie replacing Chelsea Cornet as they moved to a 4-1-4-1 formation to improve their defensive solidity. Having Brownlie playing an anchor role in midfield seemed to give more license to Rachel McLauchlan, Abigail Harrison and Lizzie Arnot to get forward.
In the first leg, Bayern’s main threat was from wing-play and once again it was the same with Rosler having a shot saved by Jenna Fife early on.
Bayern Take An Early Lead
Bayern took the lead in the sixth minute when Viktoria Schnaderbeck’s cross picked out Anna Gerhardt whose finish gave Fife no chance.
The home side had a couple of chances from corners soon after with Lisa Evans shooting wide and Stephanie van der Gragt heading just over.
Bayern continued to threaten through crosses with Verena Faisst picking out Evans who headed wide before the Scottish international missed the target from Katharina Baunach.
Finally, Evans converted a chance as Bayern doubled their advantage with the move coming through the middle. A slick passing move allowed Faisst to pick out Evans in space on the edge of the box and her shot found the top corner, despite Fife getting a hand to it.
Five minutes later, it was 3-0 when Gerhardt escaped several defenders and her left-footed shot found the bottom corner.
Harrison Scores A Superb Goal
Hibernian though pulled a goal back the next minute. Lizzie Arnot’s cross wasn’t fully cleared by Baunach, and Harrison took full advantage with a stunning strike that found the top corner.
A great run through the middle by McLauchlan set up Harrison with another good scoring opportunity, but Zinsberger got down low to make the save.
Early in the second half, Behringer had a couple of shots that were saved by Fife, but it wasn’t long until Hibs started to get more chances. Hibs’ captain Joelle Murray had a couple of opportunities from corners with her firstly drawing a good save from the keeper with a shot at the far post and then heading over the second corner.
As the half drew on, Bayern’s manager Thomas Worle made the changes and one of the substitutes made an impact three minutes after coming on. Once again, the home side opened Hibs up through the middle with Behringer passing to Vivianne Miedema and the Dutch forward placed the ball underneath Fife.
Hibs could have pulled a goal back soon after with McLauchlan’s superb through-ball nearly sending Lucy Graham through on goal but Maier made a crucial tackle.
Late on, Bayern had a couple of more chances. Miedema rounded Fife but her touch took her away from goal. Although she managed to get a shot off that was saved, she picked out Faisst who failed to hit the target with her effort. And then Miedema failed to connect with Schnaderbeck’s cross and the ball fell to Faisst whose shot hit the side-netting.
Bayern Munich: (4-4-3) Zinsberger; Schnaderbeck, van der Gragt, Holstad Berge, Maier; Baunach, Behringer (c) (Wenninger 79), Faisst; Evans (Miedema 69), Rosler (Laudehr 69), Faisst.
Subs not Used: Korpela (GK), Perkel, Abbe, Falknor.
Hibernian: (4-1-4-1) Fife; Williamson, Murray (c), Hunter, Smith (Michie 90+2); Brownlie; McLauchlan, Graham, Robertson, Arnot; Harrison (Ewens 85).
Subs not Used: Jefferies (GK), Heron, Notely, Cornet, Small.