With the Frauen-Bundesliga race so tight between Wolfsburg and Bayern and only a few games left, there is really only one thing that Bayern Munich can do, and that is win. Bayern pulled off a 2-1 road victory over FF USV Jena today to earn three points to move to 50 points on the season.
Heading into the game, Bayern had a busy international break with several players making appearances for their national teams, including Melanie Behringer playing for the German squad that beat Brazil. This game had all of the international players returning to the lineup as well as Lena Lotzen making her first start of the season after coming back from a long injury.
The game began with Bayern taking multiple early opportunities. They controlled the ball early on and had a good chance in the 16th minute that barely missed. Melanie Behringer took a corner kick that connected to Lotzen, but the header hit the bar and was deflected away. With the game still tied, Bayern earned a crucial free kick in the 19th minute that Melanie Behringer was able to put into the back of the net. The shot went above the fingertips of the goalkeeper in the top corner of the goal and looked absolutely unstoppable. The goal was the captain's fourth of the season.
Just a few minutes later, Bayern had another big chance with a series of sharp passes to advance the ball upfield. Lotzen crossed the ball to Dagny Brynjarsdóttir, who took a bouncing shot just outside of the box and got it past the keeper. With the goal, Bayern moved ahead 2-0 and almost made it 3-0 before the half ended, but Lotzen's shot went just over the crossbar.
Just when the game seemed over, Jena was able to bring a goal back to make it a 2-1 game. In the 82nd minute, Jena took a corner kick and appeared to have gotten the ball into the net before Caroline Abbé kicked the ball out. The Bayern team protested that the goal had not actually crossed the line, but the referee gave Jena the goal and the game was 2-1, which held until the end.
With the win, Bayern remains in second place. They are one point behind Wolfsburg but only one point ahead of FFC Frankfurt with two matches to go. These matches will be crucial and the league will no doubt be decided on the last day. Anything from league champions to missing out on the Champions League is possible right now. The next match for Bayern will be next Sunday at Herford SV, who is going to be relegated at the end of the season.