BERLIN (AP) Thomas Mueller's first-half strike was enough for Bayern Munich to win 1-0 at Werder Bremen on Saturday and become the first side to start the Bundesliga with nine victories.

Mueller scored his ninth of the season in the 24th minute when he ran past the static Bremen defense for Thiago Alcantara's clever ball, then eluded the goalkeeper with his first touch and slotted into the unguarded net with his next.

Bayern restored its seven-point lead over Borussia Dortmund with its 999th Bundesliga victory.

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