Vfb Stuttgart 0 – Bayern Munich 2

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Bayern Munich midfielder TONI KROOS, the 23-year-old with 34 caps for Germany who has scored six goals for the Bavarians in the top flight this term, shields the ball from Vfb Stuttgart’s Japan World Cup striker SHINJI OKAZAKI (31), the 26-year-old attacker who has scored 29 goals in 58 appearances for his country’s senior national team, during the Bundesliga match at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Baden-Wuerttemberg.
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1/27/13
Bundesliga
Spieltag # 19

0 – VFB STUTTGART
2 – BAYERN MUNICH ————— Mandzukic 50′, Mueller 72′

A gift goal scored five minutes after the break and an insurance tally from the visitors roughly twenty minutes from time made certain that Swabian frustration would continue as record German champion BAYERN MUNICH blanked hosting VFB STUTTGART 2-0 to maintain its double-digit lead in the Bundesliga standings.

The Bavarians have now beaten Vfb Stuttgart in eight consecutive matches, including two D.F.B. Pokal engagements. For the record, the proud Swabians, who have only been out of the German top flight for two seasons since 1963, were last able to defeat Bayern Munich in late March of 2010. With its latest victory in Baden-Wuerttemberg, the team trained by JUPP HEYNCKES maintained an 11-point advantage over nearest rival Bayer Leverkusen with but fifteen matches to play in this historic 50th Bundesliga campaign.

The hosts actually had the best chance in the first half at the sold-out Mercedes Benz Arena but the close-range header of Austria international MARTIN HARNIK, the 25-year-old winger who scored 17 goals in 34 Bundesliga games last term but has found the net just five times for Vfb Stuttgart in the top flight so far this season, struck the post and Bayern Munich’s Germany international goalkeeper MANUEL NEUER was able to secure the tantalizing rebound in the 34th minute.

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Despite all the positives to build on after the first half of play, Vfb Stuttgart were undone by a fateful error just five minutes after the restart. A horrible backpass by Italy international CRISTIAN MOLINARO, the 29-year-old left back who has made 80 appearances for the Swabians since signing from traditional Serie A giant FC Juventus of Turin just after the New Year in 2010, was happily intercepted by Bayern Munich’s Croatia international MARIO MANDZUKIC with Swabian netminder SVEN ULREICH left completely hung out to dry. The 26-year-old striker had little trouble negotiating the former Germany U-21 international and stroked the ball into the empty net for his club-leading 12th goal in the Bundesliga this season.

Germany international midfielder TONI KROOS looked to have won a clear penalty after being bundled over by Vfb Stuttgart defender GEORG NIEDERMEIER, the 26-year-old former Bayern Munich reserve team player, but match referee FLORIAN MEYER chose to ignore the obvious and ended up booking the Bavarian midfielder after Kroos had a bit too much to say about that.

Mandzukic sealed the deal for Bayern Munich with an outstanding centering pass into the box after a run down the right flank. Germany World Cup winger THOMAS MUELLER was able to nip in ahead of Vfb Stuttgart’s World Cup reserve defender SERDAR TASCI as well as Ulreich to register his 10th goal in the Bundesliga this term at the 72nd minute mark. There was never any way back for the Swabians, particularly after the reckless Harnik was dismissed for his second yellow card infraction with just ten mintues remaining.

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Vfb Stuttgart striker VEDAD IBISEVIC (left), the 28-year-old former TSG 1899 Hoffenheim front man who has scored 14 goals in 42 appearances for the senior national team of Bosnia / Herzegovina and currently leads the Swabians with 10 goals in the German top flight this term, plays the ball before Bayern Munich left back DAVID ALABA, the versatile 20-year-old who has already won 21 caps for Austria, can interfere during the Bundesliga match witnessed by a sell-out crowd of 60,441 fans at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Baden-Wuerttemberg.
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VFB STUTTGART : Ulreich – Ruediger, Tasci, Niedermeier, Molinaro – Kvist, Gentner – Harnik, Traore (Torun 64′) – Ibisevic, Okazaki (Holzhauser 64′)

BAYERN MUNICH : Neuer – Lahm, van Buyten, Dante, Alaba – Martinez, Schweinsteiger – Mueller, Kroos, Ribery (Shaqiri 88′) – Mandzukic (Gomez 89′)

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VfB Stuttgart v FC Bayern Muenchen - Bundesliga
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Thomas Mueller
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