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Bayern II down Hansa Rostock on penalty

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Second straight clean sheet propels Bayern II up the table.

Bayern Muenchen II v FC Wuerzburger Kickers - 3. Liga Photo by Sebastian Widmann/Getty Images for DFB

Behind a Otschi Wriedt penalty, Bayern Munich II marched to their second straight win and clean sheet to kick off the second half of the season. It’s a big win for the Bavarians and keeps them five points clear of the relegation zone.

Wriedt returned to the starting lineup after his yellow card suspension last week, and Joshua Zirkzee traveled with the first team to Mainz. Otherwise, this was the same lineup that beat Uerdingen last weekend.

Bayern II were awarded a penalty kick in the 25th minute after a handball was called against Rostock. Wriedt stepped up and converted the penalty to give Bayern II the 1-0 lead. On the other end, Rostock were awarded a penalty eleven minutes later, but Mirnes Pepic sent his shot over the crossbar.

Woo-yeong Jeong made his re-debut for Bayern II, coming on for Oliver Batista Meier in the second half. Jeong rejoined Bayern II on-loan from Freiburg for the remainder of the season.

While wins are always all that matters in this sport, Sebastian Hoeneß has to be thrilled with the defensive performance that his side has put in to start the second half. After two matches, Bayern II have two shutouts after only managing one in the first half of the season. One must wonder if Hoeneß will rely on the centerback pairing of Lukas Mai and Chris Richards moving forward unless injuries force his hand.

Bayern XI: Früchtl - Yilmaz, Richards, Mai, Köhn - Kern (85. Feldhahn), Stiller, Welzmüller - Batista-Meier (62. Jeong), Wriedt, Dajaku (75. Kühn)

The result keeps Bayern II five points clear of the relegation zone and moves them into 12th place in the table, at least temporarily. On Sunday, three teams sitting just two points behind Bayern II could all end up ahead of them by the end of the matchday if they win their matches.

Next week, Bayern II will travel to play 16th place Viktoria Köln. Bayern II are currently four points ahead of them in the table.