Sunday, May 17, 2015

UEFA Women Champions League: FFC Frankfurt Are Record Four Times European Winners Beating 2-1 Paris Saint Germain in 2015 Final

The new European Queens of football dominated the final hurdle in Berlin against favourite French opponents.



Berlin's Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn Sport Park 18,300 record crowd helped record winners FFC Frankfurt to keep UEFA Champions League title in the country / Picture: CSE Ltd
By Lucio Menin
@luc_menin
at the Jahn-Sport Park

BERLIN, Germany. The glorious Frankfurter club has re-established its dominant position in the European Women scenario with a 2-1 convincing victory favourites Paris Saint Germain at the capital's Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn Stadium, situated in the former eastern side where remains of the Wall are now confined within the Sport Park.

The German club's new zenith also allowed to keep the prestigious trophy in the land in a match against favourite French opponents who eliminated during the tournament knock out qualification matches both recent  back to back title winners, 2013 and 2014 holders VfL Wolfsburg and 2011, 2012 winners French team Olympic Lyonnais.
In a final that was to define the actual European supremacy between Germany and France in the fastest growing sport in the world, Englishman Colin Bell coached German ladies managed to overtake the challengers and conquer the new crown only by a last minute´s goal of regular time.

Frankfurt previous competition wins were obtained in 2002, 2006 and 2008 but this is the first success since new UEFA Champions League format was launched in 2010 in Getafe, with another German team winner, the Berliner FFC Turbine Potsdam, themselves a three times trophy record co-holders until FFC Frankfurt overtake Thursday evening.

Since the beginning of the competition the German clubs had won it a total of nine times in  fourteen years span initiated with the 2002 edition. In between this overwhelming dominance of Teutonic squads, the competition however  have also seen two victories from Swedish side Umea IK, the first back to back winner in 2003 and 2004 whilst England's most dominant team ever, Arsenal FC, only managed to win football´s most sought after Cup in 2007 with goalie Emma Byrne being all times most appearances player.

MATCH REPORT

Weather conditions: Cloudy / Temperature: 12C/ Humidity. Attendance: 18,300

FFC Frankfurt
(1-2-3-2)
Schumann;
Kuznik; Preissen,Hendrich; Schimdt, Laudher;
Marozsan, Veronica Boquet,Garefrekes;
Cmogorcevic, Sasic

Coach: Colin Bell

Paris Saint Germain
(4-4-2)
Kiedrzynek,
Houra d´Hommeaux,Delannoy, Khran,Boulleau;
Alushi; Kaci, Cruz Trana, Dali;
Delie, Asslani

Coach: Farid Benstiti

Match Officials

Referee: Esther Staubli (SUI)
Ass. Refs: Belinda Brem, Susann Kung (SUI)
Fourth Off: Desiree Graundbacher (SUI)
 
This year's Champions League journey have seen the French debutant PSG arriving to the final appointment on the exhilaration of defeating holders VfL Wolfsburg. This may have been a key factor in deciding the final outcome as the resulting squad performance on the pitch might have been hampered by untested pressure.

After a very calm start it was down to FFC Frankfurt to take up the initiative with the competition top scorer Celia Sasic, whose early headers were however saved by Kiedrzynek, the PSG goalie, in corner.

32´ Sasic insistence proved right in break the ice for the home team when she was set up by a weighted deep assist in the box by impressive German international Garefrekes; Sasic arrived with a perfect timed run on the ball that couldn´t be intercepted by PSG defender Delannoy and headed with precision on the goalie far post.

41´ That was enough to wake up PSG game, that despite controlling easily the midfield, had left perhaps culpably the striker Delie alone in Frankfurters half. With four minutes to half time stroke of the time however the powerful Parisian centre forward was ready to connect on a perfect cross from the developments of a corner kick and with a glorious jump headed in the top left corner of Schumann.

SECOND HALF

Another calm restart was followed by FFC retaking the initiative with a more pro-active stance. PSG coach, the 2012 Russian league title winner Farid Benstiti, tried to reinvigorate his wilting squad with two early substitutions however with no avail.

Englishman Colin Bel, who had countered the French long ball game with a recall of the sweeper system, having one of the three central defenders - the impressive Kuznick dropping deep and ready to intervene on second balls - had more luck with his changes and brought in, with 25´to go, striker Mandy Islacker for undertone Crnogorcevic.

Following the reshaping the teams still seemed quite not in a position to win over each other and both resorted to shot from outside the box. It seemed the game was looming for extra times.

90´At the stroke of the end of regular time however, player of the match Celia Sasic turned away towards goal in midfield winning over her controller and quickly opened up wide on the left flanks where substitute Islacker was prompt to collected and made an early ball deep into PSG box only for a defender to clearance away; 

The rebound was knocked down by Garefrekes toward again towards Islacker who had moved quickly inside the penalty area unmarked and whose promptly executed first time angled shot with the external of the boot mislead the good French goalie.
With 4´of injury time to be left on the clock that PSG put it brave attempts but it was glory again for the southerner ladies who were honoured at the trophy presentation by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and FIFA's Michel Platini. 

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