The weekend started and ended in style, as the sides begin to find their feet after the winter break. There was change at the top and crucial results at the bottom, in yet another action packed Frauen-Bundesliga weekend. If you missed our round-up of matchday 13, check it out here.
Wolfsburg’s Wullaert saves a share of the points against Bayern
A date at noon between the league’s top two teams going into the weekend, and it was immediately obvious how much it meant to the pair. Wolfsburg were bidding to put together an unlikely challenge to Bayern’s dominance and preserve second spot, while the Bavarians were keen to ending almost any hopes of being caught.
The game began slowly but the hosts were by far the better team, and they were the only side that looked like scoring. Caroline Graham Hansen, who was the best player on the pitch, hit the post with a hopeful free-kick. Bayern’s goal remained largely unscathed, though their were confident when dealing with any crosses.
Bayern finally showed some attacking intent after the break and were rewarded for the change in emphasis. A stunning strike from Melanie Behringer from all of 30 yards arrowed into the bottom corner, leaving Almuth Schult no chance. Wolfsburg tried to forge an immediate response, but found no joy.
Schult then made a crucial save to keep out Holstad’s looping header, flicking the ball onto the bar. The same move brought Hansen onto the edge of the box, where he burst past her marker and fired a cross to the back post. Tessa Wullaert was on hand to slide home and earn a deserved point.
Wolfsburg now face a battle on their hands to maintain second spot, despite putting in an impressive performance. Bayern’s sturdy defence secured a draw when it would not have been unfair to say they were on the back foot for the majority of the game. They would have their lead cut to 10 points by the end of the weekend, though they still seem set to retain their title.
Freiburg fly to fifth after hard-fought win
SC Freiburg's fine form continued with another victory on matchday 14, just edging out a defiant 1. FC Köln - who have lost by a solitary goal for the second time since returning from the break.
Hasret Kayikci's solitary strike decided the contest in Freiburg's favour, as she netted her ninth of the season. The Breisgau Brazilians are strutting their stuff once more, and deservedly sit fifth in the table. The Billy Goats' troubles are well-documented but the sturdy defence is beginning to give them some hope of beating the drop.
Bremen’s bid to bridge the cap halted by Jena
Werder Bremen fell further adrift in the relegation zone after results went against them, leaving the Northerners five points adrift in 11th. However, the 2-1 triumph in favour of Jena should see them safe for another year.
The visitors were two goals up after half an hour, with Iva Landeka's strike giving Jena the lead before Michelle Ulbrich put through her own net.
Stefanie Sanders brought Bremen back into the game with 20 minutes to go, but they couldn't manage to grab a crucial second. Despite the situation looking bleak three matchdays ago, Jena have won their last three games and are now 12 points clear of the drop zone.
Marozsan sends Frankfurt to second after seven-goal thriller
Whenever Tubrine Potsdam and 1. FFC Frankfurt meet, it’s usually an interesting encounter. Sunday’s game was no different; from the scrappy to the sublime and everything in between, Matt Ross’ first game as permanent head coach was an eventful one.
The hugely impressive Svenja Huth opened the scoring to continue her excellent form. It looked like Potsdam would hold onto their early lead until the break but for Simone Laudehr and Laura Storzel to turn the tables and hand the visitors the advantage.
Patricia Hanebeck then struck 10 minutes into the second half to restore parity, but Dzsenifer Marozsán sent Frankfurt into the lead once more. However, Huth was matching anything Frankfurt threw at Potsdam and brought the game level once more.
However, Marozsán produced a stunning shot from 25 yards that arrowed into the top corner in extra-time to take her side into second. Potsdam poor season continues, and they have been resigned to playing for pride.
Leverkusen grab vital three points over Essen
Bayer Leverkusen secured an important victory against SGS Essen at the weekend, which helped put some much-needed day-light between themselves and the drop-zone.
The game was decided by just one single goal, as Anna Gasper gave the visitors all three points with a goal towards the end of the first-half. It was a tight and tense game, but Essen's front-line couldn't quite find the finish needed to level the game.
As a result, Leverkusen are now five points clear of relegation and they should be able to maintain that gap over Werder Bremen. Essen missed the chance to keep on the coat-tails of Freiburg and Sand, but are sturdy in the middle of the pack.
Sand’s fairytale continues with win over Hoffenheim
Sunday also saw Sand's remarkable run prolonged with victory over Hoffenheim, who have flattered to deceive this term. It looked rosy for the hosts after the quarter-hour mark, when Nicole Billa managed to edge her side in front.
Their joy would be short-lived, however, as Jana Vojtekova restored parity from the spot and Dominika Skorvankova made matters worse with another goal before the break. Anne van Bonn came off the bench to make it three, and put the result beyond doubt.
A late Kristin Demann made things interesting, but the visitors secured a 3-2 win to rise up to the heady heights of fourth. Hoffenheim are still comfortable in mid-table, but will look to put a rough patch behind them and finish strongly; the sky seems to be the limit for Sand.