Bayern Munich returned to winning ways as Robert Lewandowski scored his 12th Bundesliga goal of the season in an absorbing 3-1 victory away to VfB Stuttgart on Saturday.
Having dropped points in the 1-1 draw against Werder Bremen last weekend, Hansi Flick’s men began intent on making sure that did not happen again here. Thomas Müller got in behind the home defence in just the second minute but was unable to find a teammate with his cross, while Lewandowski hit the post with a thumping header moments later. They did not have things all their own way, however, as a confident Stuttgart side – unbeaten since Matchday 1 – refused to bow to the pressure. Philipp Förster and Silas Wamangituka linked up well on the right on a couple of occasions, and it was that duo that combined on the break to set up the opener, with Silas’ teasing cross into the centre converted by Tanguy Coulibaly. Bayern increased their intensity after that and equalised a few minutes before half-time from Coman’s drilled shot, before Lewandowski gave the visitors the lead at the break with a brilliant, swerving shot from just outside the box.
The match continued in the same fashion after the break; far from going into damage-limitation-mode, Stuttgart stuck to their game plan and looked to equalise. There were fewer clear-cut openings than in the first half though, with a couple of Lewandowski headers the closest either side came in the first few minutes. Silas took matters into his own hands in a bid to haul his side level, his pace and trickery a constant menace to the Bayern backline, and he set up Orel Mangala with a brilliant run and turn, but the unmarked midfielder’s shot from eight yards out was blocked by Niklas Süle. Inevitably, the hosts came to rue that miss as substitute Douglas Costa sealed the points for Bayern in the closing stages after cutting in from the right to drill home from the edge of the box.
- Neuer made his 414th Bundesliga appearance in this game, the most of any currently active player.
- Stuttgart have found the net in every league game this term, while their scorer today, Coulibaly, registered his first Bundesliga goal.
- Coman scored for the third straight competitive game for Bayern.
- Flick's side have now scored in each of their last 37 matches in all competitions, including 22 in the Bundesliga.
- Bayern have 31 goals after nine rounds of matches, equalling a league record set by Eintracht Frankfurt in 1974/75.
- Costa scored his first Bundesliga goal since 11 March 2017. He's now scored three of his nine Bundesliga goals against Stuttgart.
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Stuttgart: Kobel - Mavropanos (Karazor 58'), Anton, Kempf - Coulibaly (Massimo 82'), Endo, Mangala, Sosa - Förster (Kalajdzic 77'), Castro (c) (Klimowicz 59') - Silas
Unused subs: Bredlow, Stenzel, Klement, Egloff, Kaminski
Out: Al Ghaddioui (pelvis), Awoudja (Achilles tendon), Cisse (groin), Gonzalez (knee), Thommy (elbow),
Coach: Pellegrino Matarazzo
Bayern: Neuer (c) - Pavard, Boateng (Nianzou 69'), Alaba, Hernandez (Süle 58') - Tolisso (Martinez 83'), Goretzka - Gnabry (Sane 69'), Müller, Coman (Costa 69') - Lewandowski
Unused subs: Nübel, Martinez, Choupo-Moting, Roca, Musiala
Out: Davies (ankle), Kimmich (knee), Sarr (thigh)
Coach: Hansi Flick
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