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Last-minute win

Bayern win in dramatic fashion

FC Bayern continued their impressive unbeaten run in the Bundesliga with a dramatic win against SGS Essen. A goal from Sara Däbritz in the 88th minute meant a ninth win from 10 games and guaranteed that they will go into the winter break in first place with the so called "Herbstmeisterschaft" or "fall championship" with a commanding nine-point lead over second-placed VfL Wolfsburg.

Nearly 3000 spectators filled the Grünwalder Stadium in Munich on Sunday eagerly awaiting to see the defending champions. Coach Thomas Wörle fielded the same eleven from the 5-0 win against Leverkusen following the international break including American Gina Lewandowski. In usual fashion, Bayern started the game determined to attack and were rewarded in the sixth minute when defender Caroline Abbe headed home a corner to put Bayern 1:0 up. Captain Melanie Behringer and Gina Lewandowski both had great chances to score in the first half but were unlucky to miss.

Bayern were in control heading into the second half and nearly doubled the lead after the restart, but it was Essen that took advantage from a corner in the 49th minute. Wörle responded by throwing everything forward and attacking relentlessly, creating a flurry of chances but to no avail. Then in the 88th minute Däbritz picked up the ball 27 yards from goal and released a rocket that finally beat the Essen goalkeeper. Wörle summed it up best at the end, "We were a bit lucky at the end with the goal but we deserved the win. We knew it was going to be a fight and responded brilliantly."

Next up for FC Bayern is a DFB Cup match against Werder Bremen this coming Wednesday.