The second half of the Regionalliga season has not started off very well for FC Bayern II. On Saturday, they dropped points for the third consecutive match, this time a draw with SV Viktoria Aschaffenburg.
Bayern started the match very strong with Ylli Sallahi forcing a great save from Stefn Steigerwald in the Aschaffenburg goal. In the 11th minute, Julian Green missed a very good opportunity to put Bayern on top. They finally found that advantage in the 25th minute. Pierre Hojbjerg placed his free kick into the bottom corner for the 1-0 advantage.
Unfortunately, that joy only lasted for a few minutes as Daniel Wein was shown a straight red card for a handball. Bayern played tough for the remainder of the half and entered the break with the lead.
Aschaffenburg found an equalizer in the 55th minute when Salvatore Bari finished off an excellent counter attack. It looked like FC Bayern was headed for another draw, but Vladimir Rankovic had other ideas. His goal in the 90th minute gave Bayern hope that they were picking up their first win since the winter break, but Aschaffenburg had other ideas.
Then, disaster struck. Edwin Schwarz was whistled for a foul in the area, and the referee awarded a penalty to Aschaffenburg. Bari stepped up to take the penalty, and the 26 year old Italian slotted it home leaving no chance for Lukas Raeder to save it.
It's safe to say that coach Erik ten Hag was not pleased with the result.
"I'm disappointed. We should have gone into halftime up 3-0, but we didn't take our chances. If we want to be champions, we must not act so naive."
The reserves have seen their big lead atop the Regionalliga collapse to just one point. They will next take the field on Friday against Eintracht Bamberg.