After an extended break, Mark Zimmermann’s under-21s returned to action at the weekend against SV Lippstadt 08. Despite an early scare, FC were solid from the get-go and took a deserved lead when Lukas Nottbeck tapped home at the back post. It was a similar finish that produced the second, as Darko Churlinov head home just after the half-hour mark.
Churlinov was again in the right place at the right time to give FC a third after the restart. A fine move down the right saw him slide in at the back post. While Janik Borsch pulled a goal back for the visitors, the result was never in doubt. Bolstered by Vincent Koziello and Isamil Jakobs as well, it was Churlinov who rounded off the scoring and his hat-trick with a minute to go.
Goals: 1:0, Lukas Nottbeck 16’. 2:0, Darko Churlinov 34’. 3:0, Darko Churlinov 48’. 3:1, Janik Borsch 75’. 4:1, Darko Churlinov 89’.
With a tricky trip to Arminia Bielefeld on the cards, Stefan Ruthenbeck was hoping his men could extend their unbeaten run and their stay at the top of the table. It took a while before the breakthrough came, but it was no surprise who scored. Sebastian Müller, FC’s top scorer this season, was handed the duty from the penalty spot and slotted down the middle to give FC the lead.
As has been throughout this season, Ruthenbeck’s side were able to rely on the defence to build a solid base upon. An uneventful second half passed through without a further goal, meaning the under-19s continued their stay on top. Fortuna Düsseldorf’s draw against Schalke meant that the gap at the top increased to three points.
Goal: 0:1, Sebastian Müller (PEN) 34’.
FC were keen to take advantage of both Leverkusen and Dortmund playing at the same time, as they made the trip to Hiltroper Straße. FC managed to make the perfect start when Ben-Nicolas Hompesch fired Markus Daun’s men ahead after eight minutes. It got even better midway through the first-half, as Ben Dekker rose highest to head home from a pin-point corner.
Despite Bochum’s attempts to find a route back into the game, the stubborn FC rearguard action prevented them from finding a way through. Justin Diehl was then in the right place at the right time to finish off a fine team move and seal all three points. FC under-17s remained top of the league and thanks to the win, combined with Leverkusen’s defeat, they moved second with a three-point advantage over Leverkusen.
Goals: 0:1, Ben-Nicolas Hompesch 8’. 0:2, Ben Dekker 24‘. 0:3, Justin Diehl 60‘.
After a tough loss to SGS Essen last weekend, FC Frauen and Willi Breuer were hoping for an upset against SC Freiburg on Sunday. That seemed to be well on the cards when Lucia Ondrusova headed in after 32 minutes. However, within a minute, Freiburg were level. German international Klara Bühl managed to find a way through to fire past Elvira Herzog.
Just when FC needed to remain stable, Freiburg struck twice after the restart. Sandra Starke pounced in the 50th minute before Bühl smashed home a free-kick from the edge of the box. Isabelle Linden gave Breuer’s side hope when she tucked home the rebound from Carolin Schraa’s saved effort. Despite throwing everything at Freiburg, Lena Lotzen’s late strike killed off any chance of a comeback.
Goals: 1:0, Lucia Ondrusova 32‘. 1:1, Klara Bühl 32‘. 1:2, Sandra Starke 50’. 1:3, Klara Bühl 56‘. 2:3, Isabelle Linden 63‘. 2:4, Lena Lotzen 82‘.