Düsseldorf fight back to head up to take top German women’s seed for playoffs

Düsseldorf produced a stunning comeback to beat Uhlenhorst Mülheim 3-2 to finish the regular women’s season in Germany with the best record.

They trailed 2-0 after the opening quarter but two goals from Emma Sophie Hessler either side of a Lilly Stoffelsma strike earned them the result.

It lifted them to 64 points, four more than group rivals UHC Hamburg and three better than Pool A’s Der Club an der Alster and Mannheimer HC who were on 61.

It gives Nico Sussenburger’s side the number one seeding for the quarter-final playoffs and he is looking forward to meeting Harvestehuder THC in the knock-out stages.

“We defended very carelessly, but we were able to dig out the win today. If we want to win games in the next three weeks, we have to get better defensively. In the quarter-finals we have an opponent with the HTHC with a very unique, often very successful, style of play. But I think we have a lot to offer and have a good chance of winning this duel.”

Club an der Alster’s brilliant run in the German league continued as they ran up two more wins, crucially beating pool rivals Mannheim 3-0 with goals from Benedetta Wenzel, Kira Horn and Anne Schröder.

A day earlier, they were too strong for Munich SC with a 5-0 scoreline. It means they have gone six games without conceding and have recorded seven wins in succession in the local league in 2021.

They will take on Berliner HC in their quarter-final with Uhlenhorst Mülheim meeting Mannheimer HC and Rot-Weiss Köln up against UHC Hamburg.

These quarter-finals will be played on a best of three basis with the first legs next weekend with the second and possible third legs on the weekend of May 1 and 2.