Bayern ease past Stuttgart

Bayern München scored four goals in an excellent first half display as they eased past VfB Stuttgart at the Allianz Arena on Saturday afternoon.

Bayern München 4 VfB Stuttgart 0
Robben and Costa get Bayern going
Muller and Lewandowski make it 4-0 at half-time
No goals in the second half
Bayern maintain Bundesliga lead

Match Summary

Goals from Arjen Robben and Douglas Costa saw the Bavarians take a comfortable lead inside the first 20 minutes before Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski made it 4-0 at the halfway mark.

The nightmare continued for Stuttgart in the second-half as Bayern kept the visitors pegged back in their half, though some good defending ensured they did not concede anymore goals.

The result sees Pep Guardiola's side claim their 11th win from their first 12 games this season and maintain their advantage atop the Bundesliga standings.

Full Report

Bayern started in predictably formidable fashion and after some early pressure, managed to take the lead through Arjen Robben as the Dutchman finished off a swift move that saw Douglas Costa go on an incredible run across half the length o the pitch before playing in his teammate.

Not even 10 minutes later and the Bavarians were two goals to the good, this time Costa was the one finishing it off after Thomas Muller chipped a brilliant cross to the far post that seemed to miss everybody, before the Brazilian arrived late and smashed it home with great aplomb.

The second goal would set the tone for the rest of the half as Bayern continued to pin the visitors in their half, almost grabbing a third through a stinting drive from Robben that was well-saved by Przemyslaw Tyton in the Stuttgart goal.

Muller was again the provider for Bayern's third goal as the Germany international picked out an unmarked Lewandowski in the box and the Pole made no mistake with his finish, prodding home from close range.

Moments later and they had scored again, Muller capping off an incredible piece of play that saw Tyton make a number of decent saves but a relentless onslaught eventually saw the 26-year-old tap home at the far post to put Bayern out of sight.

After the break, and the misery continued for the visitors who rarley looked like creating anything going forward, spending most of the match penned back in their own half.

Bayern were looking as menacing as they were in the first half throughout the second, but struggled to enjoyed as much freedom as Stuttgart looked far more solid in defence despite hardly having a touch of the ball.

Robben was the danger man throughout but the Dutchman's finishing was uncharacteristically wayward throughout the second-half and he was guilty of missing a number of one-on-one chances.

It mattered little, though, as Bayern cruised to another League victory having down all the groundwork in a blistering first-half display.