Bayern Munich II fell 1-0 to Viktoria Köln on Sunday. It’s a disappointing result for Bayern II, as they had the opportunity to put a nice gap between themselves and the bottom of the table. However, after eight games without a win, Köln finally managed to pick up all three points in the 3.Liga and complete the double over Bayern II for the season.
It was always going to be a difficult match for Bayern II with so many absences. They were without Bright Arrey-Mbi (suspended), Sarpreet Singh (ill), Timo Kern (Achilles), Nicolas Kühn (“muscle problems”), Fiete Arp (injured calf), Malik Tillman (rehab from ACL tear) and Ron-Thorben Hoffmann (with the first team).
Holger Seitz sent out a team with the average age of 21.5 even with a 34 year old (Nicolas Feldhahn) and a 31 year old (Maxi Welzmüller) in the lineup. There can be no questioning that the kids are getting quality experience against full professionals at Bayern.
Bayern II started bright in this one, with Sieb getting two good opportunities early. Unfortunately, the 18-year-old was imprecise with his shooting in both instances. Then, in the 18th minute, Köln struck on a corner. Despite saving the initial attempt from the corner, Bayern II are unable to clear the ball, and Lucas Cueto puts it into the back of the net for Köln.
Just before halftime, Lenn Jastremski struck the crossbar, but Bayern II entered the break down 0-1. The Bavarians kept up the pressure in the second half looking for the equalizer until centerback Kilian Senkbeil received his second yellow of the match and was sent off in the 78th minute.
With Bayern II down a man, Köln turned the tables trying to cement their victory. It was Bayern II goalkeeper Lukas Schneller, however, who had other ides. In the 83rd minute, Schneller put together a triple save to deny Köln a second goal. With the final minutes of the match ticking away, Feldhahn was unable to convert a free kick (89’), and Bayern II fell 0-1 to Köln.
A huge congratulations is in order for club captain Feldhahn. The veteran player featured in his 150th match for Bayern II. Congratulations also go out to Daniels Ontužāns on making his first appears for Bayern II and to Armindo Sieb on his first start.
Bayern II XI: Schneller - Waidner, Lawrence (58. Stanisic), Feldhahn, Senkbeil, Vita - Stiller, Welzmüller (74. Ontužāns), Scott - Sieb (58. Oberlin), Jastremski
The result leaves Bayern II on 28 points in 13th place. The young Bavarians are still four points clear of the relegation zone. It’s a quick turnaround for Bayern II, however. They’ll travel to league leaders Dynamo Dresden on Wednesday, February 24.