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Rewarded for resilience

A victory for team spirit and togetherness

Saturday’s match stats show Bayern dominating visitors Fortuna Düsseldorf in almost every significant respect, as FCB had a massive 75 percent of the possession, and won the shot count 22-4, the corner tally 12-1, and delivered 24 crosses to their opponents’ 11. But despite it all, the league leaders only just scraped a 3-2 win, just about making it eight victories in eight Bundesliga fixtures since the winter break.

“As today's game again showed, you've never won a match before kick-off,” reflected Bayern boss Jupp Heynckes after a clash Munich were expected to win on cruise control, in the light of a 5-0 triumph in the reverse fixture and the Bavarians’ current imposing form. “But it was tight. I have to say all credit to Fortuna. They made life hard for us,” Heynckes continued.