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Wolfsburg assume command against Frankfurt

Wolfsburg 4-0 FFC Frankfurt
The holders suffered a damaging first-leg defeat as the 2013 and 2014 winners struck three times in a stunning first-half display.

Alexandra Popp celebrates after scoring Wolfsburg's second goal
Alexandra Popp celebrates after scoring Wolfsburg's second goal ©Sportsfile
  • 2013 & 2014 winners Wolfsburg secure big first-leg victory against holders
  • Isabel Kerschowski, Alexandra Popp and Babett Peter on target in first period
  • Ramona Bachmann seals home success with second-half strike
  • Second leg on 1 May at Am Brentano Bad
  • Final on 26 May in Reggio Emilia v Lyon or Paris Saint-Germain

Wolfsburg secured a significant first-leg advantage in their all-German UEFA Women's Champions League semi-final against FFC Frankfurt.

Three first-half goals put the 2012/13 and 2013/14 winners in charge of the tie before Ramona Bachmann added a fourth in the 58th minute.

The holders made a sluggish start as Ralf Kellermann's side dominated the early exchanges, and it was no surprise when Wolfsburg went ahead inside seven minutes, Isabel Kerschowski meeting Bachmann's cross.

Alexandra Popp added a second in the 28th minute, finding the top right-hand corner with an effort from distance. Then, three minutes before the break, Babett Peter nodded in a fine cross by Élise Bussaglia to give the hosts an unassailable lead.

The visitors, who failed to have an effort on target in the first half, produced a better display after the interval. However, their new attack-minded approach failed to yield an away goal. Instead, Wolfsburg put the icing on the cake with a fourth, Bachmann profiting from a mistake by Frankfurt goalkeeper Anne-Kathrine Kremer.