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Bundesliga, Matchday 16: Potsdam’s loss makes Wolfsburg the winner of the matchday

By Olaf Goldbecker – 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam suffered a shock loss against SG Essen-Schönebeck, yet remained atop the Bundesliga table. However, Wolfsburg’s win over Duisburg proves vital as Wolfsburg has a game in hand and came move into second place with a win over Neuenahr in a makeup game.

Bayer Leverkusen v Hamburger SV 2:2 (0:1)

It was an important game for Leverkusen, which always spoke about needing six points out of the games against Leipzig and Hamburg. When the guests scored by Aylin Yaren halfway through the first half, this seemed to be a long road. Katie Bethke tied the game early in the second period, but Maike Timmermann got the lead back for her team. A penalty kick by Johanna Elsig rescued one point for Leverkusen but this still has to count as wasted opportunity in the endeavor to stay in the league.


SC Freiburg v Lok Leipzig 3:0 (1:0)

Winter acquisition Sara Däbritz scored the lead for the hosting team in the first half, but it took Freiburg long to secure the win. In the final quarter hour, Gidion and Hegenauer marked the final goals.


SC Bad Neuenahr v 1.FFC Frankfurt 1:3 (0:0)

After a scoreless first half, the substitute players made sure that Frankfurt could collect the three points. Swiss Anna Maria Crnogorcevic scored the lead, while Swede Sara Thunebro added the second goal. Peggy Kuznik got her team closer with a quarter hour left to play, but Dszenifer Maroszan had a quick answer and sealed the deal.


SG Essen-Schönebeck v 1.FFC Turbine Potsdam 1:0 (1:0)                   

The big surprise of the matchday happened in Essen. The host team snapped a six-game losing streak while the visitors had a setback when they seemed to have overcome their winter problems. Isabelle Wolf marked the only goal of the game already after 21 minutes


FF USV Jena v FC Bayern München 1:3 (0:1)

The visitors in Jena saw an exciting final quarter hours but the fans of the home team won’t be happy with the outcome. Isabell Bachor took the lead for her team after 36 minutes but with 12 minutes left on the clock Amber Hearn tied the match. This only made Bayern Munich wake up, Rebecca Huyleur answered in minute 85 before Julia Simic scored the final goal in stoppage time.


VfL Wolfsburg v FCR Duisburg 2:1 (1:1)

Duisburg born Wolfsburg coach Ralf Kellermann can be all smiles after this match. His team defeated a direct opponent and heard the news about Potsdam’s loss. This means that in their makeup game against Bad Neuenahr they can jump to place 2 and get as close as one point to the league leaders. Today they had to overcome a one-goal deficit after Alexandra Popp scored the lead for Duisburg after a quarter hour. Nadine Keßler tied the match 20 minutes later, and Anna Blässe cared for the win in minute 78.


Situation: After 16 games, Potsdam still sits on top with 38 points, two points ahead of Duisburg. Frankfurt is third with 34 points, followed by Wolfsburg with the same number – yet Wolfsburg has one makeup game to play. Freiburg leads the rest of the teams with 22 points, while Essen and Munich have 20. Bad Neuenahr 18, Hamburg 17, and Jena 15 follow. On the relegation spots are Leipzig (9) and Leverkusen (8). The next matches will be played in two weeks after the national team break.