German Bundesliga
Stuttgart1Bayern Munich3

VfB Stuttgart 1-3 Bayern Munich

Franck Ribery
Franck Ribery set up the opener for Bayern, who have led the Bundesliga since 22 September

Bayern Munich edged closer to a fourth successive Bundesliga title as they restored their eight-point lead with victory at Stuttgart.

Georg Niedermeier's own goal gave Pep Guardiola's side a half-time lead, which David Alaba doubled.

Daniel Didavi fired into the top corner for Stuttgart, but Douglas Costa's long-range shot sealed Bayern's win.

Borussia Dortmund, in second, can cut the gap to five points with a win at Schalke on Sunday.

Bayern need a maximum of 11 points from their final five league matches to secure the title for Guardiola before he leaves to join Manchester City at the end of the season.

The Bayern boss rotated his squad with Wednesday's Champions League quarter-final second leg trip to Benfica in mind, beginning with Thomas Muller, Philipp Lahm, Costa and Thiago on the bench.

But he brought on Muller after just 27 minutes, concerned that Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal was in danger of getting sent off after making two reckless challenges and collecting an early booking.

Arturo Vidal
Arturo Vidal's indisciplined performance led to him being substituted after just 27 minutes

Stuttgart captain Niedermeier scored at the wrong end as he stretched to prevent Franck Ribery's cross reaching Robert Lewandowski.

Austria international Alaba added another early in the second half, showing neat footwork before beating goalkeeper Przemyslaw Tyton at the near post.

Didavi, Stuttgart's leading scorer, improvised superbly to pull a goal back with just under half-an-hour left as he hooked the ball past Manuel Neuer while on the ground for his 11th of the season, but Costa's 25-yard drive ended hopes of a comeback.

Augsburg moved out of the bottom three as they came from a goal behind to win 2-1 at Werder Bremen, who dropped into the relegation play-off place.

Alfred Finnbogason and Hong Jeong-ho scored for the visitors after Florian Grillitsch's first goal of the season had put Bremen in front just before half-time.

Hoffenheim are three points above Bremen after a third victory in four games as they won 2-0 at next-to-bottom at Eintracht Frankfurt.

Darmstadt improved their survival chances with a 2-1 win at Hamburg, while Ingolstadt are eighth thanks to a 1-0 victory over Borussia Monchengladbach.

Line-ups

Stuttgart

  • 22Tyton
  • 16Klein
  • 4Sunjic
  • 3Schwaab
  • 6Niedermeier
  • 2Insúa
  • 19Werner
  • 8RuppSubstituted forTashchyat 75'minutes
  • 10DidaviBooked at 45mins
  • 18Kostic
  • 23Kravets

Substitutes

  • 1Langerak
  • 5Baumgartl
  • 14Heise
  • 24Barba
  • 34Tashchy
  • 39Kliment

Bayern Munich

  • 1Neuer
  • 32KimmichSubstituted forDouglas Costaat 75'minutes
  • 8Javi Martínez
  • 27AlabaBooked at 60mins
  • 14AlonsoBooked at 37mins
  • 13Rafinha
  • 18Bernat
  • 23VidalBooked at 22minsSubstituted forMüllerat 27'minutes
  • 19GötzeSubstituted forThiago Alcántaraat 69'minutes
  • 9Lewandowski
  • 7Ribéry

Substitutes

  • 4Tasci
  • 6Thiago Alcántara
  • 11Douglas Costa
  • 20Rode
  • 21Lahm
  • 25Müller
  • 26Ulreich
Referee:
Bastian Dankert
Attendance:
60,000

Match Stats

Home TeamStuttgartAway TeamBayern Munich
Possession
Home21%
Away79%
Shots
Home9
Away12
Shots on Target
Home2
Away6
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home8
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, VfB Stuttgart 1, FC Bayern München 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, VfB Stuttgart 1, FC Bayern München 3.

Foul by Douglas Costa (FC Bayern München).

Filip Kostic (VfB Stuttgart) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Goal!

Goal! VfB Stuttgart 1, FC Bayern München 3. Douglas Costa (FC Bayern München) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Robert Lewandowski.

Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Toni Sunjic.

Attempt blocked. Thomas Müller (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Xabi Alonso.

Rafinha (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Boris Tashchy (VfB Stuttgart).

Offside, VfB Stuttgart. Artem Kravets tries a through ball, but Georg Niedermeier is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Artem Kravets (VfB Stuttgart) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Schwaab.

Corner, VfB Stuttgart. Conceded by Javi Martínez.

Foul by Douglas Costa (FC Bayern München).

Georg Niedermeier (VfB Stuttgart) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, FC Bayern München. Franck Ribéry tries a through ball, but Robert Lewandowski is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Thiago Alcántara (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Franck Ribéry.

Franck Ribéry (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Florian Klein (VfB Stuttgart).

Franck Ribéry (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Daniel Schwaab (VfB Stuttgart).

Attempt missed. Timo Werner (VfB Stuttgart) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Filip Kostic following a set piece situation.

Foul by Javi Martínez (FC Bayern München).

Artem Kravets (VfB Stuttgart) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, FC Bayern München. Douglas Costa replaces Joshua Kimmich.

Substitution

Substitution, VfB Stuttgart. Boris Tashchy replaces Lukas Rupp.

Offside, FC Bayern München. Thiago Alcántara tries a through ball, but Rafinha is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Thiago Alcántara (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Rafinha with a cross.

Attempt saved. Thiago Alcántara (FC Bayern München) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, FC Bayern München. Thiago Alcántara replaces Mario Götze.

Xabi Alonso (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Artem Kravets (VfB Stuttgart).

Attempt saved. Mario Götze (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Xabi Alonso.

Corner, VfB Stuttgart. Conceded by David Alaba.

Goal!

Goal! VfB Stuttgart 1, FC Bayern München 2. Daniel Didavi (VfB Stuttgart) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner following a set piece situation.

Foul by Joshua Kimmich (FC Bayern München).

Filip Kostic (VfB Stuttgart) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, VfB Stuttgart. Conceded by Robert Lewandowski.

Booking

David Alaba (FC Bayern München) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by David Alaba (FC Bayern München).

Timo Werner (VfB Stuttgart) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 9th April 2016

  • StuttgartVfB Stuttgart1Bayern MunichBayern Munich3
    FT
  • FrankfurtEintracht Frankfurt0Hoffenheim1899 Hoffenheim2
    FT
  • IngolstadtFC Ingolstadt1B MgladbachBorussia Mönchengladbach0
    FT
  • HamburgHamburg SV1DarmstadtDarmstadt 982
    FT
  • Werder BremenWerder Bremen1AugsburgFC Augsburg2
    FT
  • WolfsburgVfL Wolfsburg1MainzMainz 051
    FT
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