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Women looking to build on first league win at Essen

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Matchday 3 of the Google Pixel Women's Bundesliga! On Sunday, FC Bayern Women play away to SGS Essen, with kick-off at 14:00 CEST at the Stadion an der Hafenstraße. 

The state of play

Having started the season with a 2-2 draw at SC Freiburg, the Munich girls got their first league win against 1. FC Köln last time out. Alexander Straus' side sealed a comfortable 2-0 win at home thanks to goals from Pernille Harder and Linda Dallmann. Bayern Women currently sit in third place in the table with four points from two matches.

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The second away match for FC Bayern Women.

The opponents

Currently in sixth place, SGS claimed a surprise win on Matchday 1 of the season, beating Eintracht Frankfurt 2-0. Markus Högner's side went down to a 3-2 defeat at RB Leipzig last weekend.

The team news

Sydney Lohmann sustained an ankle ligament injury in the last game against Köln and will be out for several weeks. In addition, long-term absentees Carolin Simon (cruciate ligament), Weronika Zawistowska (cruciate ligament) and Cecilía Rán Rúnarsdóttir (kneecaps) remain sidelined.

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Focus! Klara Bühl and Linda Dallmann in training.

'Very strong on the counter'

Linda Dallmann: "I played in Essen myself for a number of years and know that they always manage to form a good team with young talents. We've seen in the first two matches that they're very strong on the counter and can surprise with their style of play. Our aim has to be to lose as few balls as possible."

Alexander Straus: "Essen are generally very compact. They're extremely strong on the counter, well organised and can therefore be a danger to us. They made it very difficult for us in our last two meetings in the Bundesliga, especially in the away match, So, we're going into this one with a lot of respect. That said, if we do our job and deliver our performance from training, I'm confident we can come away as winners."