German Bundesliga
StuttgartVfB Stuttgart1Bayern MunichBayern 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.



Formation 5-4-1

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


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

Bayern Munich

Formation 3-4-3

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


  • 4Tasci
  • 6Thiago Alcántara
  • 11Douglas Costa
  • 20Rode
  • 21Lahm
  • 25Müller
  • 26Ulreich
Bastian Dankert

Match Stats

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Live Text

  1. Post update

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

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Foul by Douglas Costa (FC Bayern München).

  4. Post update

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

  5. 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.

  6. Post update

    Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Toni Sunjic.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Boris Tashchy (VfB Stuttgart).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Corner, VfB Stuttgart. Conceded by Javi Martínez.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Douglas Costa (FC Bayern München).

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    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.

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Florian Klein (VfB Stuttgart).

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Schwaab (VfB Stuttgart).

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 9th April 2016

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

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