Ruthless Bayern march on
Bayern Munich continued their dominant Bundesliga performance of the season when they recorded a vital 2-0 league win at fellow Southern club Stuttgart on Sunday evening at the Mercedes Benz Arena in VFB Stuttgart.
Bayern are now eleven points clear with 15 wins from 19 games.
Bayern could have taken the lead in the seventh minute through spectacular circumstances.
Kvist Jorgensen did his goalkeeper no favours by lobbing one back to him from the edge of the box. Sven Ulreich wouldn’t have minded, though, as he took it on his chest and volleyed it away like it was nothing.
In the 27th minute Stuttgart had another chance at goal when Shinji Okazaki found some space and hit a fine shot across the goal of Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer's goal, but just couldn't get enough bend on the ball. That was as close as anyone had come so far in the match.
In the 34th minute Stuttgart poured forward again as Harnik beat Alaba before Traore joined in on the left. This time his cross was better and Neuer very nearly fumbled the ball over the line as Harnik headed the ball onto the post and back across goal.
Five minutes into the second half Bayern took the lead through an awful mistake from Molinaro, who popped the ball back towards his keeper without looking. Mandzukic picked it up, stepped around Sven Ulreich and rolled it into an empty net to give the league leaders the lead, 1-0.
With 18 minutes left in the match, Bayern doubled their tally.
Mandzukic crossed and Muller converted it from close range, 2-0.
With only ten minutes to play, Stuttgart had to play the game with ten men. Harnik was sent off after a second booking for a stupid late tackle on Bayern winger Frank Ribery.