Frauen-Bundesliga - Matchday 15 Review: Top three all win, Leverkusen and Essen impress

It was another goal-filled matchday in Germany's top division.

Frauen-Bundesliga - Matchday 15 Review: Top three all win, Leverkusen and Essen impress
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After a series of important results last weekend, the Frauen-Bundesliga packed all six matches into Sunday, where the big three all claimed victories. Aside from that, there were a few surprises.

Potsdam stall Sand's march up the table

In a game that saw two teams at either end of the table, it was a surprise to say that Sand were soaring high while Potsdam continued to stutter. Despite form favouring the hosts, it was Turbine who took the lead through Ilaria Mauro in the 10th minute; the visitors finally looked set to get back on track.

Things were going to plan up until the break, but Nina Burger's strike sent the two sides into the break level-pegging.

Neither could grab another goal in the second period and the game ended level, meaning Sand's surge on the top three was halted; Potsdam have much greater concerns, however, failing to win for the fourth time in a row.

Wolfsburg put Freiburg to the sword

For the second time in as many weeks, Wolfsburg were the team to take centre stage in the televised game. This weekend, however, they would come away with the victory.

Lena Goeßling's strike opened up the scoring midway through the first half, with Lara Dickenmann adding a late second to seal the three points. It was an important win as it opened up a small gap between themselves and the chasing pack - Sand and their opponents.

For Freiburg, it could be the end of any potential dream of making the Champions League spots but, as this league has already proven, they are not out of the race until it is mathematically impossible. Given the games next weekend, they could soon be back in the hunt.

Essen impress against Jena

Jena would have fancied their chances against an SGS Essen side that had lost their last two games coming into this tussle, as well as looking toothless in attack.

However, despite what the form book said, it was anything but that. Isabel Hochstein opened the scoring for the visitors early on and they didn't look back. Promising attacker Sara Doorsoun-Khajeh, who will be in the German squad for the SheBelieves Cup, grabbed a brace either side of half time.

Nina Brüggemann added a fourth before Lucie Vonkova restored some pride for a well-beaten Jena side, who could have gone within three points of Sand in fourth. The win does give Essen some momentum and put them back in the hunt with Sand and Freiburg in the race for 'best of the rest'.

Bayern celebrate their win over Bremen. | Image source: DFB.de
Bayern celebrate their win over Bremen. | Image source: DFB.de

Frankfurt remain second with comfortable win

After two one-nil defeat to Freiburg and Bayern in their opening two games of 2016, 1. FC Köln could be forgiven for having a smidge of hope that today might be their day.

This was far from the case, as Frankfurt produced yet another devastating attacking display. Dzsenifer Marozsan added to last week's brace with an opening goal inside a minute, taking her tally to six for the season since her return from injury.

A Mandy Ilsacker double before the break made it 3-0, and veteran midfielder Kerstin Garefrekes also got in on the act. The result meant that Frankfurt stayed second, and the Billy Goats remained bottom with time running out fast for them to make a break for safety.

Leverkusen finally finding form

Coming into the game, both sides had only managed to win one of their last four games and were left in the bottom half of the table as a result. Hoffenheim were in a considerably better position than Leverkusen, but both teams were not performing to expectations.

Bayer, who won last weekend, started well and had a two-goal cushion at the break, thanks to Merle Barth and Francesca Weber. The hosts were in control until Martina Moser struck and handed her side a route back into the game.

That never materialised and Leverkusen moved 10 points clear of Bremen, while Hoffenheim remain in mid-table.

Bayern beat Bremen

As top faced second bottom, this game had the same sense of inevitability about it as the Frankfurt match. Although it took 43 minutes for Melanie Behringer to open the scoring, Veronica Boquete added to the lead two minutes after the restart to seal the win.

It was the typical Bayern performance that everyone has become accustomed to over the last few months, and it shows no sign of fading. They remain top by 10 points ahead of 1. FFC Frankfurt, and that gap could be extended with the latter facing Wolfsburg next weekend. Bremen were dealt a huge blow by Leverkusen's win, and stay 11th.