After upping their win streak to five last week in a victory against Greuther Fürth's reserves, "die kleinen Bayern" were looking to continue their form on the road in Friday's match against SpVgg Bayreuth, a team that has been wallowing in the relegation playoff spots, after just having been promoted to the Regionalliga Bayern prior to this season.
Back To A Familiar Scoreline
Playing in front of an unusually large crowd of over 5,000 spectators in Bayreuth, continue their form they did, with coach Erik ten Hag relying on the same exact lineup as the last game. After rattling off four straight 2-1 victories in the previous weeks, only broken up by last Friday's 2-0 win, the reserves of the Rekordmeister went back to what they know best this season: a 2-1 result in their favor.
Despite unexpectedly going down to the hosts 0-1, on a goal by Dominik Stolz in the 27th minute, Bayern turned the game around, with Patrick Weihrauch scoring his first goal of the season in the 39th minute on a low shot to the bottom right corner. Bayern II could have even taken the lead before the half, but Bayreuth's keeper, Andreas Sponsel denied Nikola Jelisic's attempt.
Sallahi Keeps His Cool
A foul in the Bayreuth box was whistled by the referee, giving Bayern a penalty kick in the 49th minute. Austrian Ylli Sallahi stepped up to take the kick, and coolly converted from the spot for a 2-1 lead.
Bayreuth attempted to come back, but repeatedly were caught by a smart Bayern offside trap. Stolz had another chance to score for his team in the 59th minute, but missed the goal, and failed to tie the game for the hosts. Another chance for Jelisic in the 77th minute was snuffed out by Bayreuth's keeper, while Leopold Zingerle had to deal with a last ditch effort by substitute Eduard Root in the 87th minute, before the game ended with a deserved win for the little Bayern.
Closest rivals all drop points
League leaders 1860 München II and 2nd place Würzburger Kickers only managed scoreless ties in their respective matches, while FC Ingolstadt II couldn't produce more than a 1-1 draw, thereby allowing FC Bayern München II to move within 6 points of the leaders, and only one point behind second place (although Würzburg do have a game in hand).
Up Next: FC Memmingen
Bayern II's next game is another road game, this time in Memmingen, against the team that kept 1860 II scoreless this week. If I had to make a bet, I would wager on a 2-1 Bayern win (let's just say, I've got a hunch).