Stuttgart proved almighty party poopers on Matchday 34, emerging 4-1 winners at the Allianz Arena on both Jupp Heynckes' final game as a Bundesliga coach and the day Bayern Munich lifted their sixth straight Bundesliga title.
Goals: 0-1 Ginczek (5'), 1-1 Tolisso (21'), 1-2 Donis (42'), 1-3 Akolo (52'), 1-4 Ginczek (55')
Resplendent in their new home kit, Bayern started on the front foot, but were caught cold on the counter in the fifth minute, Anastasios Donis bursting past Rafinha and squaring for Daniel Ginczek, who duly converted from close range. The champions responded well, but created little until the 21st minute when Corentin Tolisso pounced inside the box after Robert Lewandowski tussled with Holger Badstuber. The Pole then went close twice, Ron-Robert Zieler producing two expert stops from close range, but it was the visitors who led at the break after Donis capitalised on a loose Niklas Süle pass in midfield, raced in behind and lifted a lovely finish past Sven Ulreich.
Heynckes brought on Javi Martinez for Tolisso at the break and the Spaniard drew a good stop from Zieler within three minutes of his introduction. As in the first half, though, Stuttgart struck against the run of play soon after: Emiliano Insua hared down the left and planted a perfect cross onto the head of Chadrac Akolo, who steered his finish past Ulreich and into the corner. Three minutes later, Tayfun Korkut's men increased their advantage, Ginczek steering home after Ulreich failed to hold Erik Thommy's close-range effort. Bayern's response was half-hearted; Thiago spurned one chance in the 74th minute when he should have squared for Lewandowski, but the ultimate irony is that VfB's own European hopes now depend on Bayern: if the Bavarians beat Eintracht Frankfurt in next weekend's DFB Cup final, then the Swabians will qualify for the UEFA Europa League.
Man of the match
Donis was inspired under the Munich sunshine: making his first start since February, the attacking midfielder set up the first, scored the second and had a huge hand in Stuttgart's fourth. A virtuoso display on what should have been Bayern's day.
- Mario Gomez missed out for Stuttgart due to the birth of his first child, his first absence since returning to the club in the winter.
- Insua made his 100th competitive appearance for Stuttgart.
- Tolisso has scored 10 goals for Bayern in all competitions this season (six in the Bundesliga); only Lewandowski and Thomas Müller have scored more.
- Five of Ginczek's six goals this season have put Stuttgart 1-0 up.
- The last visiting team to score four goals at the Allianz Arena? Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals in April 2014.
Bayern: Ulreich – Kimmich, Süle, Hummels, Rafinha – Tolisso (Martinez 46'), Thiago – Müller (Wagner 68') (c), James, Ribery (Rudy 70') - Lewandowski
Unused subs: Starke, Meier, Mai, Götze
Absentees: Neuer (foot), Boateng (adductor), Vidal (knee), Coman (ankle), Robben (hip)
Coach: Jupp Heynckes
Stuttgart: Zieler – Pavard, Baumgartl, Badstuber, Insua – Gentner (c), Mangala – Donis (Zimmermann 89'), Thommy, Akolo (Bruun Larsen 77') - Ginczek (Kaminski 70')
Unused subs: Grahl, Asano, Burnic, Özcan
Absentees: Beck (cruciate ligament), Aogo (suspended), Ascacibar (suspended), Mane (thigh), Gomez (paternity leave)
Coach: Tayfun Korkut