Giving Up The First Goal Again (Again)
Yep, that's not an accidental repeat from the last week (or the weeks before). Going with the same lineup again (but with newcomers Mitchell Weiser and Sinan Kurt on the bench), Erik ten Hag's team managed to fall behind again, in what appears to be a recurring theme this season, despite controlling the game early in the contest .
The little Bayern started the game strong, letting the ball and the opponents run, with Ylli Sallahi firing off the first warning shot in the 7th minute. Using short, quick passes in an attempt to beat a 5-man defensive line, die Roten were too sloppy with the final pass to open up their opponents. Chances by Angelos Oikonomou in the 18th minute (long distance shot from 20 meters) and Gerritt Wegkamp in the 23rd minute (a blast that sizzled past the right post by centimeters) missed their mark, with Schalding-Heining just resorting to defending and hitting long balls out of the back.
However, against the run of play, the guests took the lead after a failed Bayern attempt to clear a free-kick, with Michael Pillmeier leaving Leopold Zingerle no chance on a volleyed shot (39th minute).
Bayern II Not Impressed
As in recent games, going down a goal had no effect on Bayern, but they weren't able to equalize before halftime. Ten Hag decided to add some firepower in the 2nd half, bringing on Mitchell Weiser for the more defensive Riccardo Basta, and the scoring chances started coming every few minutes. Weiser's header was spectacularly parried in the 53rd minute by Schalding-Heining's excellent goalkeeper, Werner Resch, who also denied Sallahi (57th) and Lukas Görtler (59th) from equalizing.
Wegkamp Starts The Comeback
Two minutes later, the Bayern reserves finally broke through. Taking advantage of some confusion in the opposing defense, Wegkamp evened the score in the 61st minute, and that opened the floodgates. Before SVSH had a chance to recover, Phillip Steinhart put Bayern II up with a spectacular goal in the 64th, only to be followed by another score from Wegkamp in the 68th (after a nice setup by Sallahi), and the victory was no longer in doubt.
Despite slowing down the game, Bayern II had a few more chances to increase their scoring, but failed to do so, and had to watch Zingerle thwart the last chance for the guests to make the game closer.
Moving On Up
With today's win, the FC Bayern reserves are even on points with their cross-town rivals, 1860 II, and are 1 point behind the league leaders, Würzburger Kickers, but both still have a game to play on Saturday.
Up Next: 1. FC Nürnberg II
The next matchday will see Bayern head back on the road next Saturday, October 25th, to visit the reserves of 1. FC Nürnberg, who are having a terrible campaign, currently sitting in 16th place in the relegation playoff zone, and are sporting the 2nd worst goal differential of -10.
Note: Sinan Kurt made his reserves debut today, coming on as a substitute for Patrick Weihrauch in the 74th minute.