Bayern Munich will head into the international break on the back of a 4-0 thrashing of Stuttgart at the Allianz Arena on Saturday. They received goals from four different goalscorers on the day!
Bayern broke free on a counter in the 11th minute. Arturo Vidal intercepted a pass at the top of FCB's penalty and quickly found Joshua Kimmich. The young midfielder found Douglas Costa further up the field, and Bayern broke out on a 5-on-1 break. That's right, yes, a 5-on-1 break. Costa's cross to the middle of the penalty area was chested into the goal by Arjen Robben to give Bayern the 1-0 lead.
Seven minutes later, Bayern broke out again along the right hand side. While Robben and Robert Lewandowski were well offside, they did allow the ball to run through to Thomas Müller. The German international played the ball into the penalty area and Costa ran onto it, smashing it into the back of the net. Seventeen minutes gone and FC Bayern led 2-0.
Just after the half hour mark, it was Stuttgart rattling the crossbar. Florian Klein streaked down the right hand side and found Filip Kostic on the opposite side of the penalty area. The forward's shot crashed off the underside of the crossbar but didn't cross the line. Bayern managed to clear.
Having more fun on the counter, Bayern struck against in the 37th minute. Robben flicked the ball to Müller who crossed the ball hard into the middle of the penalty area. The pass left it to only Lewandowski to smash into the back of the net to make it 3-0.
Before Stuttgart accepted the fact that Bayern was now up by three, the lead was stretched to four. Kingsley Coman's shot was saved by Przemysław Tyton, but Lewandowski jumped onto the rebound and dropped it right back to Coman. He crossed the ball to the far post for Vidal, but he his header struck the crossbar. Luckily for FCB, Müller showed up at the right place at the right time and headed the ball into the back of the net for the 4-0 advantage.
Stuttgart opened the second half with a bang nabbing a goal. However, the assistant referee incorrectly ruled it back for offside, keeping them off the scoresheet.
Bayern pressed for more goals throughout the second half but were unable to find it. Most of the attacks died on the feet of Robben, who just couldn't put together the final touches
The win moves Bayern eight points clear at the top of the Bundesliga table. Second place Borussia Dortmund will face archrival Schalke in the Revierderby on Sunday.
Bayern Munich 4-0 Stuttgart
Bayern Munich: Arjen Robben (11), Douglas Costa (18), Robert Lewandowski (37), Thomas Müller (40)
Bayern XI: Neuer; Alaba, Boateng (Benatia 45), Rafinha; Coman, Vidal, Kimmich, Robben; Müller (Badstuber 59), Costa (Thiago 68); Lewandowski
Stuttgart XI: Tyton; Insua, Baumgartl, Sunjic (Heise 63), Klein; Die, Didavi, Schwaab, Gentner; Werner, Kostic (Hlousek 45)