Leon Goretzka opened his account for Bayern Munich on Saturday, breaking the deadlock in a comfortable 3-0 win away to VfB Stuttgart.
VfB Stuttgart 0-3 Bayern Munich
Goals: 0-1 Goretzka (37'), 0-2 Lewandowski (61'), 0-3 Müller (76')
If it was a surprise that Goretzka was named in the starting line-up after limping out of Bastian Schweinsteiger's testimonial match against Chicago Fire on Tuesday evening, the Germany midfielder wasted little time justifying his presence on the pitch. Constantly on the move as Bayern dominated possession against a well-organised Stuttgart side, his calm strike from the edge of the box was the reward for the team's patient build-up. The hosts refused to be cowed, however, and boldly looked to attack on the break, but were unable to unlock the visiting rearguard.
After the interval, Niko Kovac's side carried on where they had left off and constantly shifted the ball across the pitch, forcing their hosts to chase the game. Inevitably, that pressure eventually took its toll when Robert Lewandowski collected a Thomas Müller pass on the edge of the box before turning an rifling an unstoppable left-footed effort into the bottom corner. Müller crowned an outstanding individual display moments later, drilling in from Lewandowski's flick to seal a comprehensive victory.
Stuttgart: Zieler – Maffeo, Pavard, Baumgartl, Insua – Gentner (c) (Didavi 64'), Castro (Akolo 78'), Ascacibar, Donis (Thommy 57') – Aogo – Gomez
Unused substitutes: Grahl, Kempf, Gonzalez, Badstuber
Absentees: Meyer (ankle)
Coach: Tayfun Korkut
Bayern: Neuer (c) – Kimmich, Boateng, Hummels, Alaba – Thiago, Goretzka - Robben (James 78'), Müller (Tolisso 80'), Ribery (Gnabry 77') - Lewandowski
Unused substitutes: Ulreich, Süle, Martinez, Rafinha
Absentees: Coman (ankle)
Coach: Niko Kovac
- Goretzka scored his first Bundesliga goal for Bayern with the very first shot of the game to become the club's 200th different scorer in Germany's top flight. It was also the Germany international's first league goal since finding the net for Schalke on 20 October 2017 against Mainz.Franck Ribery made his 250th Bundesliga appearance for Bayern in this game. Stuttgart are the only Bundesliga club yet to score in the league so far in 2018/19. Mario Gomez, who returned to Stuttgart from Wolfsburg in the new year, scored 75 goals in 115 Bundesliga appearances in his four seasons as a Bayern player between 2009-2013.Lewandowski has scored six goals in four competitive appearances under Kovac so far this season.
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