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Bundesliga: No surprises in makeup games

Three matches previously postponed due to poor weather and/or inadequate field conditions were made up on Wednesday, and when all was said and done, Duisburg moved into a first-place tie with Potsdam after a 7-0 win over FF USV Jena, yet Potsdam still leads on goal differential. Here’s a rundown of all three games played today.

By Olaf Goldbecker

Hamburger SV v Bayern München 1-1 (1-0)

After a quarter hour, Hamburg took the lead in the north-south game when Nina Brüggemann scored for the hanseatic team. It took Munich long to answer, but after 70 minutes it was Katharina Baunach who tied the game. Munich was considered to be favorite in this game but missed the chance to free themselves out of relegation worries

Lokomotive Leipzig v FCR Duisburg 1-6 (0-4)

Leipzig’s wall stood for about 20 minutes, then Duisburg cared for the decision within the same time by scoring four goals. Mandy Islacker (22’and 41′), Jennifer Oster (28′) and Kozue Ando (31′) got their names on the scoreboard until then. The scoring in the second half was opened by American Jenista Clark with her first league goal in Germany. Yet, Oster and Ando each added a second goal to give their team a comfortable win.

VfL Wolfsburg v FF USV Jena 7-0 (3-0)

Wolfsburg is on the run. Again, an early goal helped, and like on Sunday they profited from an own goal. This time not even 120 seconds were played when Kathleen Radtke put the ball into the own net. Half an hour later, Conny Pohlers and Nadine Kessler added for the halftime score. One minute before the break, Wolfsburg’s NT forward Martina Müller was ejected for unsportsmanlike conduct. This didn’t trouble her team at all; within 10 minutes after the second half was kicked off they added the final four goals. Anna Blässe, Lena Goessling, Zsanett Jakabfi, and Nadine Kessler did their part in the 7-0 win.

Situation: The standings are almost even now. Only Wolfsburg and Bad Neuenahr will meet later to fully fix the league; the other teams are at 14 games each. Potsdam still sits on top but now only due to goals ahead of Duisburg (both teams have 35 points). Frankfurt and Wolfsburg follow with 34, but as mentioned Wolfsburg has one game more to play. The midfield stayed the same with Bad Neuenahr, Freiburg, and Essen. Munich now has 14 points, Hamburg 13 points, and they can breathe a bit easier as they can’t drop to a relegation spot in the next match. Yet there is not too much safety. Jena stays clear with 12 at the moment, under the bottom line are Leipzig with 9 and Leverkusen with 4

This upcoming Sunday features two highly interesting matches, one at the bottom and one on top. Turbine Potsdam hosts red-hot VfL Wolfsburg, while last-placed teams Leipzig and Leverkusen clash.