Bayern Munich 4-0 Stuttgart: Robert Lewandowski fires hat trick

Bayern Munich 4-0 Stuttgart: Robert Lewandowski spares Alphonso Davies’ blushes as Pole bags first half hat trick to retain Hans Dieter-Flick’s side’s Bundesliga lead after youngster saw red for a late foul

  • Robert Lewandowski fired a hat trick to retain Bayern Munich’s Bundesliga lead 
  • The German champions were down to ten after Alphonso Davies was sent off 
  • However, Lewandowski netted a stunning first half hat trick to clinch victory
  • Saturday’s win retains Hans Dieter-Flick’s sides lead at the top of the table 

German champions and leaders Bayern Munich retained their four-point cushion at the top of the Bundesliga with a 4-0 home rout of VfB Stuttgart on Saturday with Robert Lewandowski netting a hat-trick after they had Alphonso Davies sent off early on.

The result left Bayern top on 61 points from 26 games with second-placed RB Leipzig on 57 ahead of their highly anticipated clash on April 3 after the international break.

Canadian left back Davies was shown a straight red card in the 12th minute for a studs-up challenge on Wataru Endo but his dismissal only galvanised Bayern with Lewandowski firing them ahead five minutes later.

Robert Lewandowski’s trailblazing form continued as the Pole hit a hat trick to beat Stuttgart

The Bayern Munich marksman bagged his treble in the first half to earn a commanding lead

Serge Gnabry’s strike was sandwiched by Lewandowski’s first and second goals of the game

The former Arsenal talent gestures his trademark celebration after putting Bayern two up

Bayern Munich (4-2-3-1): Neuer; Pavard, Sule, Boateng, Davies; Goretzka, Alaba; Sane (Musiala 83), Muller (Martinez 83), Gnabry (Coman 60); Lewandowski (Choupo-Moting 70)

Subs not used: Dantas, Hernandez, Nubel, Roca, Sarr

Scorers: Lewandowski (18, 23, 39), Gnabry (22)

Booked: Davies (sent off), Boateng

Manager: Hans Dieter-Flick

Stuttgart (3-1-4-2): Kobel; Kempf, Anton, Mavropanos; Endo (Karazor 77); Sosa (Gonzalez 46), Ahamada (Forster 46), Castro (Didavi 76), Wamangituka (Klimowicz 35); Coulibaly, Kalajdzic 

Subs not used: Bredlow, Klement, Massimo, Stenzel

Scorers: None

Booked: Castro, Kempf

Manager: Pellegrino Matarazzo

Serge Gnabry made it 2-0 in the 22nd after a sweeping move involving Thomas Mueller and Leroy Sane. Lewandowski added the third less than 60 seconds later when he rose to head home a Mueller cross from the right.

The Poland striker added some gloss in the 39th with a clinical left-footed finish from inside the penalty area as he pounced on sloppy defending by Stuttgart after Sane’s jinking run down the right flank.

Bayern took their feet off the pedal in the second half but despite their numerical disadvantage, they still dominated as Lewandowski and Gnabry missed chances to give them an even bigger win against the hapless visitors.

Just one minute later, Lewandowski powered a sensational header past Gregor Kobel 

The Pole gestures a number three after bagging his third of the game just before half time

The German champions were reduced to ten early on after Alphonso Davies was dismissed

Referee Daniel Schlager looks at a pitchside monitor to review Davies’ foul on his opponent

After consulting VAR, Schlager brandishes a red card, sending the youngster for an early bath

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