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Bayern Munich beaten by Albion in opening friendly

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Katie Robinson scores only goal of the game at the Bayern Campus.

By Charlie Hanson • 07 August 2022

By Charlie Hanson
Katie Robinson grabbed Albion's opener after just two minutes.

The women’s team rounded off their pre-season training camp in Germany with a hard-earned 1-0 win against Bayern Munich on Sunday.

Katie Robinson poked Albion into the lead after two minutes and while Bayern tested Megan Walsh, Albion impressed in their first pre-season friendly ahead of the new WSL season.

Albion got off to a perfect start when Vea Sarri took on her full-back, glided past her and swung the ball in the danger area and home keeper Janina Leitzig could only palm into the path of Robinson, who fired home.

By Charlie Hanson
Katie Robinson was first to Vea Sarri's spilt cross.

Bayern kicked into life with 15 minutes on the clock when Walsh had to keep out Maximiliane Rall’s low drive before Sarah Zadrazil smacked a half-volley against the crossbar from the edge of the box.

The hosts found another gear in the second half, but they came up against an in-form Walsh, who kept out Jovana Damnjanović’s decent strike from just inside the box.

Ivana Rudelić may well have been pleased to see Walsh substituted after an hour, but Katie Startup foiled the Croatia international from close range before Rall’s snapshot from six-yards was straight at the Albion stopper.

It wasn’t all one way traffic though as Lee Geummin split the Bayern defence to find Elisabeth Terland, but the Norway international curled her effort over.

By Charlie Hanson
Emma Kullberg started in central defence alongside Victoria Williams.

Rudelic was guilty of missing a golden opportunity just a moment later as she cut into the box, but fired her effort straight at Startup, before Victoria Williams cleared.

Albion had a glorious chance of their own to put the game to bed in the final exchanges when WU21 player Chelsea Ferguson’s first involvement saw her pinch possession off the Bayern defence and find Danielle Carter on the edge of the box.

The former Arsenal forward managed to find angle to get a shot away, but hammered it over the bar.

Carter was again at the forefront of an Albion attack when she burst through on goal late on but fired into the body of substitute keeper Maria-Luisa Grohs.

The result was a welcome reward for Hope Powell's team, who were put through their paces during the week as they ramp up preparations for the start of the WSL campaign when Aston Villa make the trip to the Amex on 11 September.

Albion line-up: Walsh (Startup 62), Green, Kullberg, Williams, Pattinson (Jarvis 86), Bance, Zigiotti, Lee, Safrri (Carter 46), Robinson (Ferguson 86), Terland.