In the last cup finals, Wolfsburg’s players often had to tremble until the very end. However, in the 4-0 win over Potsdam, the series winner clarified the matter early.
Cologne – Wolfsburg footballers donned their white cup winners jerseys and made the phone call at a possibly long carnival party in Cologne. Again!
With a clean 4-0 (3-0) in the cup final against Turbine Potsdam, coach Tommy Stroot’s VfL team achieved double perfection and equaled the previous record of 1. FFC Frankfurt with a total of nine titles in the competition. – At some point you have to be hoarse and come home only in the light. We are going through it today, said goalkeeper Almuth Schult for Sky, who celebrated an emotional goodbye.
The 31-year-old, who is moving to the US for the coming season, clearly enjoyed the party in the ranks of her teammates. “It means a lot. This team showed what was possible this season, ”said Schult. “You have to take it all with you.”
“We are still writing history”
In front of 17,531 spectators in Cologne, Ewa Pajor (11/33), Jill Roord (42) and Dominique Janssen (69) secured the North German victory in the eighth consecutive league cup. “It’s a great feeling,” said Pajor at ARD. “We’re still writing history.” Stroot added: “In the second half of the season we got into a move that was unpredictable.” The team will “really enjoy the evening.”
Turbine Potsdam, on the other hand, has to wait for its first big success since the German championship in 2012. “We are all very disappointed. I must say that I did not expect such a high result. We are very sad, ”said Sara Agrež from Potsdam on Sky TV. Her trainer Sofian Chahed told ARD: “Eventually won.”
Sixth double from 2013
In contrast to the various finals in recent years, in the same place with overtime and penalties, this time the team from Wolfsburg was spared the thrill of excitement. As in the two Bundesliga games against Potsdam with two 3-0 victories, the defenders turned out to be the better team again and secured their sixth consecutive double after 2013, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 with a 40th cup win.
As expected, the VfL took control from the start. But the weaker Potsdam had the first good opportunity with a worthy counterattack. After a pass from Maria Plattner, Karen Holmgaard (8th) came free in front of Wolfsburg’s goal but was blocked at the last minute.
Pajor seizes the first chance to lead
Unlike his opponent, the serial winner of the last few years has seized the first opportunity to take the lead. Pajor hit a corner from Felicitas Rauch in the far corner and gave Turbine goalkeeper Annie Wellmann no chance.
Potsdam still relied on a quick switch, but in the last pass it lacked precision in the first place. This harmlessness was to take revenge a little later. Encouraged by the lead, Wolfsburg gained further advantages in the field and was getting closer and closer to the goal of the turbine. The strong Svenja Huth missed the possible 2: 0 (25) with an inaccurate shot from 12 meters.
Roord decides before the break
And yet the VfL ensured clear conditions ahead of the hiatus. Pajor headed the ball again from a Lynn Wilms cross and sent the ball over the line at close range. When Roord then scored with an eleven-yard shot, the game was settled early.
“The VfL Wolfsburg certainly started the race as favorites and, above all, they fulfilled their role as favorites at the end of the first half. At the same time 0-3 will be hard for Potsdam, commented federal president Frank-Walter Steinmeier. During the hiatus at the Sky Grandstand, the guest of the one-sided final.
Schult was put to the test only after restarting the game, when she skillfully parried Holmgaard’s head (51 ‘). Though the underdogs of Potsdam seemed bolder now, Wolfsburg’s victory was never in jeopardy. With a free kick from 18 meters Janssen dispelled the last doubts.