Chadrac Akolo missed a penalty with the last kick of the game as Thomas Müller's second-half strike proved enough for Bayern Munich to beat VfB Stuttgart.
VfB Stuttart 0-1 Bayern Munich
Goals: 0-1 Müller (79')
Hannes Wolf’s side suffered their first home defeat of the season against Bayer Leverkusen on Matchday 15 but the Swabians started with a spring in their step against the league leaders, Akolo twice going close in the opening minutes. Bayern soon found their rhythm, though, and very nearly took the lead when Robert Lewandowski’s low effort was palmed to safety by Ron-Robert Zieler. The former Leicester City stopper was forced into action again ten minutes before the interval, rushing out of his goal to prevent Corentin Tolisso from giving the visitors a narrow half-time lead.
Bayern continued to turn the screw after the break, Kingsley Coman forcing Zieler into another sprawling stop before Lewandowski and James Rodriguez both failed to hit the target from close range. Jerome Boateng saw a speculative drive tipped over the crossbar by the 28-year-old custodian, but there was nothing the Stuttgart ‘keeper could do to prevent Müller from putting the Bavarians in front with 11 minutes remaining. The hosts were handed a golden opportunity to earn an unlikely point when Niklas Süle fouled Santiago Ascacibar inside the box in the third minute of stoppage time, but Akolo's resulting spot-kick was held by Sven Ulreich.
Man of the match
Jupp Heynckes’ side were far from their free-flowing best at the Mercedes-Benz Arena and would have had to settle for a share of the spoils had it not been for Müller, whose brilliant near-post finish - only his second league goal of the campaign - left Zieler with no chance.
- Müller scored his first goal off the bench since November 2013 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.VfB have now lost their last 13 league meetings with the Munich club.Only once before in the Bundesliga has a team won more than 12 consecutive games against a particular opponent (Bayern vs. Bremen is an ongoing record of 14 victories).Bayern have scored in all 15 competitive games under Jupp Heynckes this season.
Stuttgart: Zieler - Beck (Brekalo 82'), Pavard, Baumgartl, Badstuber, Aogo (Asano 82') - Ascacibar, Gentner (c) - Akolo, Özcan - Terodde (Kaminski 47')
Unused subs: Gahl, Insua, Grgic, Sessa
Absentees: Zimmermann (knee), Mane (knee), Meyer (thigh), Donis (torn gluteal muscle)
Coach: Hannes Wolf
Bayern: Ulreich - Kimmich, Boateng (c), Hummels (Süle 68'), Rafinha - Tolisso (Müller 65'), Martinez, Vidal - Coman (Alaba 84'), Lewandowski, James
Unused subs: Starke, Rudy, Ribery, Bernat
Absentees: Neuer (foot), Thiago (thigh), Robben (precautionary)
Coach: Jupp Heynckes
Watch: Jerome Boateng was full of praise for coach Jupp Heynckes after the game