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Bundesliga, Matchday 18: Wolfsburg, temporarily, on top

By Olaf Goldbecker – Only four of the six matches were played due to the Champions League semifinals. Frankfurt will play their makeup game at Bayern Munich on Wednesday, while Potsdam travels to Bad Neuenahr next week on May 2.

During the week, Hamburger SV was the main discussion point in the league. Already last year the women’s team had to cut their budget massively as the men’s pro team ran into a massive deficit. For the next season they announced another 15 percent cut for the upcoming season, an amount of which Christian Lenz, the women’s CEO said, it needs to be questioned if it’s possible to entertain a Bundesliga team with. Should they really withdraw, only the last-placed team of the league would relegate.

SC Freiburg v Bayer Leverkusen 0:1 (0:1)

An early goal by Eunice Beckmann decided the battle, which makes Leverkusen leave the last place.

FF USV Jena v FCR Duisburg 0:3 (0:2)

After half an hour the game was decided when Simone Laudehr had struck twice. Jennifer Oster marked the final goal short before the end of the match.

SG Essen- Schönebeck  v Lokomotive Leipzig 4:0 (1:0)

The game was not as evident as the score tells. Quite in contrast, Leipzig was having more chances in the first half but was caught cold when Melanie Hoffmann scored the lead right before halftime. When Anna Green scored into the own net the game was decided. The final goals were scored by substitute players Isabel Wolf and Sarah Freutel

VfL Wolfsburg v Hamburger SV 5:2 (3:0)

Wolfsburg moved to the top with a convincing win over Hamburg. Until minute 53, they scored all their goals before letting Hamburg get closer. Nadine Keßler, Zsanett Jakabfi and Martina Müller scored before halftime, the latter two added short after the break again. Caroline Simon and Maike Timmermann cared for Hamburg’s goals

Situation: Wolfsburg moved into first place with 43 points, followed by Duisburg with 42. This puts the two traditional powerhouses under pressure. Potsdam and Frankfurt have one game more to play; Potsdam has 41 points, Frankfurt 37. Freiburg and Essen are on 5 and 6 with 23 points. Munich and Bad Neuenahr follow with 21 and 19 and can still gain extra points in their makeup games. Hamburg with 18 and Jena with 15 stay over the dotted line. Leverkusen now left the last spot, has 11 points. Leipzig is last with 9.

Key games for next week: of course Bayern Munich v Frankfurt during the week, a preview for the cup final. Leverkusen hosts Wolfsburg in a game with a big meaning for bottom and top, and Potsdam faces Munich. And a key battle for the relegation fight takes place between Leipzig and Jena.