Stuttgart were no match for Bayern Munich on Sunday as the Bundesliga champions held off their spirited visitors and won 4-1.
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Bayern Munich avoided falling further behind Bundesliga pacesetters Borussia Dortmund as they defeated struggling Stuttgart 4-1 in an entertaining contest at the Allianz Arena on Sunday.
Dortmund, who thrashed Hannover 5-1 on Saturday, began the weekend six points clear and that is how things remain after Bayern held off a spirited Stuttgart side to secure what ended up being a routine win.
Bayern enjoyed a flying start and had an early lead through Thiago Alcantara, but complacency soon set in and Stuttgart capitalised to go into half-time level – Anastasios Donis’ gorgeous long-range effort doing the damage.
The frame of the goal was struck at both ends by Nicolas Gonzalez and Robert Lewandowski – the latter from a penalty – in the second period, but a Christian Gentner own goal had already restored Bayern’s advantage.
Leon Goretzka and Lewandowski – making amends for his penalty miss – settled matters inside the final 20 minutes.
Bayern XI: M. Neuer, J.Martínez, M. Hummels, Alaba, T. Müller, R. Lewandowski, Thiago Alcântara, N. Süle, L. Goretzka, J. Kimmich, Coman.
Subs: Rafinha, J. Boateng, Sven Ulreich, J. Rodríguez, Gnabry, R.Sanches, Alphonso Davies
Stuttgart XI: A.Beck, Gentner, E. Insúa, Esswein, S. Zuber, R. Zieler, Kempf, Donis, Ascacibar, N. González, O. Kabak
Subs: M. Gómez, Aogo, J. Grahl, Didavi, Castro, Thommy, B. Sosa