The last time Bayern Munich Frauen faced SC Sand the game ended with a 4-0 win for Bayern that looked almost easy. It was October, and over the span of three matches Bayern outscored their opponents 15 to 1. With the title race coming down to the final few matches, Bayern needed another three points against SC Sand and earned them today.
Returning to the lineup was team captain Melanie Behringer, who missed last weeks game. The game started with a mess for Bayern as SC Sand earned a corner in only the second minute. Unorganized defense led to a goal off the corner kick and within three minutes of the game starting, Bayern was losing on the road.
Almost immediately, Bayern began pushing the ball up the field and had several chances. SC Sand seemed content to play defense only throughout the first half and this made it difficult for Bayern to get good shots on goal. Bayern finally broke through in the 29th minute with a goal from Gina Lewandowski. With the goal, the two teams entered halftime tied 1-1.
Early in the second half, Bayern fans were finally treated to a long awaited sight. Lena Lotzen, the German international who tore her ACL before the season started, returned to the field for the first time this season. She was subbed on in the 57th minute and played well in her half hour on the field. Lotzen will be a key factor in the last few games of this season after not having her up until now.
After many close attempts, Bayern earned a corner kick in the 68th minute. Caroline Abbé received the ball and was able to put it in the back of the net to give Bayern a 2-1 lead. This score held for the rest of the match and Bayern walked away with three points on the road.
With the win, Bayern now has 47 points and is in first place again. VfL Wolfsburg rescheduled their match due to Champions League obligations so at the moment Bayern sits two points in the lead. With only a few matches left, Bayern is looking to qualify for the Champions League and still has a shot at winning the league. Turbine Potsdam is still in contention as well, so it will be a hard fought end to the season for Bayern.
Next up for the team is an international break. Bayern's next game will be at home on April 19th against FF USV Jena.