VfL Wolfsburg celebrated their sixth cup triumph in succession with "double winner, double winner" chants. The German women's soccer champions, unbeaten in the previous season, prevailed 4-2 (3: 3, 3: 3, 1: 2) on penalties at the DFB Cup women's final in Cologne against SGS Essen. It was the first final of German football without an audience.
The Wolfsburgers were the first women's team to achieve their sixth cup triumph in a row. They exceeded the previous record of the 1st FFC Frankfurt. Pernille Harder (11th minute), Anna Blässer (70th) and Dominique Janssen (86th) scored for VfL, Lea Schüller (1st), Marina Hegering (18th) and Irini Ioannidou (90th + 1) for Essen . After 90 minutes it was 3: 3, even the overtime remained without a goal. Pernille Harder of VfL Wolfsburg scored the decisive goal on penalties, after goalkeeper Friederike Abt had previously saved two penalties. For Wolfsburg it was the fifth double and the seventh cup success. However, the record winner in this competition remains the 1st FFC Frankfurt with nine titles.
"Respect for the performance of all players," said national coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg on the ARD. After only eleven seconds, the SGS was in the lead. Schüller got a pass from Lena Ostermeier, outwitted the goalkeeper Friederike Abt, who was only hesitantly out of her goal, with a lifter and finally carried the ball over the line from close range. The response from VfL was not long in coming: After passing on Anna Basle from the baseline, Harder provided a temporary equalizer with a shot from ten meters.
The Wolfsburgers seemed to be back on track, but they continued to act too carefree in defense. International player Hegering benefited from this: after a corner kick, she brought the SGS back into the lead with a placed header. After this start, Wolfsburg was challenged as rarely this season. With a quick build-up game and a lot of movement, VfL pushed for the equalizer, but found hardly any gaps in the staggered opposing defensive.
Even after the restart, the Sportgemeinschaft Essen-Schönebeck, which was trained by Markus Högner, continued to be an uncomfortable opponent of the final. But a long-range shot of paleness from about 25 meters ensured the equalization twelve minutes later. In the final phase, the Wolfsburgers looked like the winners after Janssen's goal, but Ioannidou (90. + 1) ensured the deserved extra time.