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Bayern women Bundesliga champions

After a solid 2-0 home victory over SGS Essen, Bayern Munich secured both Champions League qualification and the Women’s Bundesliga title. The Bavarians were able to profit from league leaders VfL Wolfsburg’s 1-1 draw with 1. FFC Frankfurt. Bayern’s goals came from Melanie Leupolz (5.) and Vivianne Miedema (30.) in the first half.

Captain Melanie Behringer made her return to the starting lineup while Dagny Brynjarsdottir sat out the first half. Both she and Katja Schroffenegger were greeted by manager Karin Danner with flowers prior to the game before the two part with the club this summer.

The FC Bayern women started off with a clear target in mind, and in the fifth minute Germany international Melanie Leupolz gave Bayern’s first goal of the day. Ten minutes later, captain Melanie Behringer sent forward Vivianne Miedema to the box but Essen’s defense was able to clear. Bayern continued to create scoring opportunities, but were held back for the middle of the first half. Vivianne Miedema’s shot in the 25. minute was ruled out by referee Sina Diekmann. Shortly before the break, Melanie Behringer’s free kick was blocked by Essen’s wall but was followed up by Vivianne Miedema’s shot to give Bayern a solid 2-0 lead, and Miedema’s 7th goal of the season, heading into the break.

Bayern continued to keep Essen on their toes with a strong offense. Vivianne Miedema’s shot on goal from eight meters out set up by Leonie Maier just misses the goal in the 52nd minute. The Bavarians continued to keep the visitors from Essen at bay, though increasing their lead was put on the back burner as it was now the developments in the game in Frankfurt that would determine Bayern Munich’s chances of winning the league for the first time since 1976. Ultimately, Bayern left the pitch as victors with a 2-0 win over SGS Essen, thereby qualifying for the Champions League, and as a result of Wolfsburg’s draw with Frankfurt are newly crowned Allianz Women’s Bundesliga champions.

In the final tally, Bayern lead the table with 56 points, followed by Wolfsburg (55 points) and Frankfurt. Wolfsburg qualify for next year’s Champion’s League season, while Frankfurt have a chance at qualifying as well, should they win this year’s final.

A record attendance of 5,230 set the stage for a worthy celebration as the Meisterschale was presented to FC Bayern captain Melanie Behringer. Bayern Munich, the underdogs at the beginning of the season, are the newly crowned Allianz Women’s Bundesliga champions, and with 17 wins and five draws the only undefeated team of the 2014/15 season.

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FC Bayern München – SGS Essen 2:0 (2:0)

Stadion an der Grünwalder Straße

Attendance: 5,230

SGS Essen: Weiß, Janssen, Martini, Gier (70. Hochstein), Dallmann (52. Meissner), Ioannidou, Hartmann, Klasen, Lehmann, Doorsoun-Khajeh, Schüller (88. Ostermeier)

FC Bayern München: Korpela, Lewandowski, Abbé, Behringer, Leupolz, Miedema, Lotzen (88. Stengel), Iwabuchi (74. Brynjarsdottir), Wenninger, Maier, Manieri

Goals: 1:0 Melanie Leupolz (5.), 2:0 Vivianne Miedema (30.)