Friday night lights does not just apply to American football. The Bayern Munich Frauen got the chance to take on Turbine Potsdam in a Friday night game at home. The game managed to provide plenty of fireworks, and Bayern walked off the field with three points and a 1-0 win on an exciting second half goal.
The last time these teams met, Bayern earned a decisive road win to solidify their place in the Frauen-Bundesliga. This game had just as much stakes heading into it with the top four teams being separated by only a few points. Earlier in the week, league leader VfL Wolfsburg won a mid-week game to move to 45 points. Bayern needed three points heading into this game to keep the pace. Lucky for Bayern, team captain Melanie Behringer returned to the lineup in the midfield as well as Vanessa Bürki and Gina Lewandoski.
An early error almost put Bayern behind when goalkeeper Tinja Korpela lost the ball to Potsdam's Lisa Evans close to the goal. Before Evans could turn to get in a good position, Viki Schnaderbeck got in between her and goal to help break up the play. Bayern was lucky to stop the play, but immediately went onto the attack and had a few chances.
Bayern kept pressing the ball into Potsdam's half of the field and had a close shot blocked late in the first half. There were plenty of opportunities towards the end of the first half, but were unable to get past Potsdam's goalie.
The second half saw Bayern continue a relentless attacking style with multiple early chances. Finally in the 75th minute Bayern was able to breakthrough with a close range goal. Vivianne Miedema brought the ball into the box and pushed towards the goal. The ball was knocked away from her by a Potsdam defender but was recovered by Dagný Brynjarsdóttir. The Icelandic international and former Florida State Seminole took a few steps before firing the ball away form the keeper and up into the top corner of the goal. The powerful shot gave Bayern a 1-0 lead and this scoreline held until the end to give Bayern a win.
With the win, Bayern stays in second place in the Frauen-Bundesliga. The team has four games remaining this season with two on the road and two at home. Although their title chances are growing slimmer with each week, Bayern does have an advantage in that they do not have to face the other top four teams anymore this season. Their next game comes on Sunday, March 29th against SC Sand.