Aussies Abroad: Gielnik’s dream start with Bayern Munich

Emily Gielnik has got off to a winning start with her new German club Bayern Munich overnight.

In her first start for the club, Bayern thrashed Eintracht Frankfurt 5-0 in the opening round of the DFB Pokal Women (German Cup.

Starting in attack, Gielnik had a hand in Simone Boye’s first-half goal to help Bayern shoot to a 2-0 lead inside 18 minutes.

The 27-year-old, who has also played for Liverpool in England, played just over an hour before she was substituted to a warm ovation from the fans.

Gielnik last month signed a one-year deal with Bayern after helping Melbourne Victory win their premiership in the Westfield W-League in 2018/19.

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Bayern’s next match is a UEFA Women’s Champions League trip to Sweden to play Goteborg on Thursday (AEST).

They then turn their attention back to Frauen Bundesliga action as they host Bayer Leverkusen next weekend.


In Norway’s Toppserien, there was contrasting fortunes for a couple of Westfield Matildas midfielders.

Aivi Luik’s Avaldsness consolidated their spot in the top six with a resounding 3-0 win away at Fart.

But it was a tough outing for Tameka Butt’s Klepp, who lost 4-0 at Valerenga.

Melbourne Victory skipper Natasha Dowie was on the scoresheet for Valerenga, who are in third spot, just ahead of Butt’s Klepp (fourth).

Meanwhile in Spain, Alex Chidiac’s Atletico Madrid made a winning start to their La Liga Femenina title defence with a 1-0 win over Sporting De Huelva.

Chidiac wasn’t involved in Atletico’s matchday squad.