Bayern Munich II dropped 3 points to league leaders SV Wacker Burghausen last Saturday, losing 1-0 away from home. This loss puts them 9 points behind the top spot with 12 games left to play.
The game started off well for Bayern, with Julian Green finding himself wide open in front of goal. Unfortunately, he put the ball just wide of the far post, giving away a big chance for an early lead. Just minutes later, Wacker Burghausen attacker Benjamin Kindsvater drew a penalty for the home side after he was taken out on an incredibly dangerous challenge by Bayern II keeper Leo Weinkauf. After Kindsvater received several minutes of medical attention on the field, Christoph Burkhard stepped up and converted the penalty with a nicely placed strike into the bottom right corner for the 1-0 lead.
Throughout the rest of the game, Burghausen created quite a few more chances for themselves, with Bayern II getting caught on the counter multiple times. They were not only lucky to not concede another goal, but to also end the game with 11 men, as there were some challenges that looked deserving of red cards. Die Amateure had a late shot on goal saved, with the game then ending at 1-0 for Wacker Burghausen.
"We were the better team," said Fabian Benko after the game, "but they had one chance in the first half and immediately scored the goal. Then they put everyone in the back and changed their system right away. That makes it difficult." Coach Heiko Vogel agreed, saying "I thought we played one of our best games of the season today, so I can only praise the team. Unfortunately, we didn't score a goal today, had the first big chance of the game with Juli Green and then controlled the game from A-Z, but sadly lost 1-0 through a penalty."
While the loss didn't move them down in the standings (5th), they will need to start stringing together some wins if they hope to play 3rd division football next season, as only the league winner receives a chance at promotion. Next up for Bayern II will be 16th placed Schalding-Heining at home on Friday, March 11th.