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Bayern Munich II rescue late point, remain in first place

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The 3.Liga table is tighter than ever, but Bayern Munich II still sit in first place.

SV Waldhof Mannheim - Bayern Munich II Photo by Uwe Anspach/picture alliance via Getty Images

With two late goals, Bayern Munich II clawed back from a 0-2 deficit to earn a 2-2 draw. The point pulls Bayern II to 58 total, one off the club’s 3.Liga record of 59 points accrued during the 2008-09 season. The original goal for the season of “survival” is also well secured with Bayern II being 21 points clear of the relegation places with 4 games left. The young Bavarians are now unbeaten in nine straight.

With Sarpreet Singh, Michael Cuisance, Joshua Zirkzee, Chris Richards, Jamal Musiala, Woo-Yeong Jeong, and Oliver Batista Meier with the first team plus Fiete Arp and Lukas Mai injured, Sebastian Hoeneß filled out the squad with players from Bayern’s U19 group of players in the starting lineup (Malik Tillman, Taylor Booth) and the bench (Dennis Waidner, Torben Rhein, Christopher Scott).

Magdeburg jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 22nd minute after winning a penalty after a handball was called against Otschi Wriedt in the box on a corner kick. Jurgen Gjasula stepped up and converted the spot kick. Just before halftime, the hosts made it 2-0 when Daniel Steininger beat Paul Will to a header to send Magdeburg into the locker room rather happy.

Bayern II struck back in the 87th minute when Wriedt won and then scored a penalty. Then, in stoppage time, Timo Kern saved the day in stoppage time by smashing home a first time volley on Angelo Stiller’s corner kick. The last ditch goal secured a valuable point to bump Bayern II back to the top of the table after Eintracht Braunschweig’s win.

This was the first start with Bayern II for Booth, the first appearance for Torben Rhein, and the first time making the bench for Christopher Scott.

See the full match highlights here.

Bayern XI: Hoffmann - Stanisic (69. Waidner), Feldhahn, Senkbeil, Will (53. Köhn) - Stiller, Zaiser (69. Dajaku), Booth (53. Kühn), Kern - Tillman (82. Rhein), Wriedt

The 3.Liga table is tighter than ever. First and sixth place are now separated by only four points. While Bayern II are in first place, it’s only thanks to their superior goal difference at this point. Both Bayern II and Eintracht Braunschweig are tied in first place with 58 points. One point back on 57 points are Duisburg and Würzburger Kickers.

It is DERBY WEEK in Munich! On Wednesday, Bayern II and 1860 will face each other in a what is a must-win match for Die Löwen if they hope to earn promotion back to the 2.Bundesliga. In the reverse fixture, the two teams settled for a 1-1 draw.