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
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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