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January 27, 2013
• Mercedes-Benz-Arena, Stuttgart
Referee: F. Meyer
• Attendance: 60441
M. Mandžukić 50'
T. Müller 72'
Hope you all enjoyed the game. That's all folks.
90' + 1'
And that's that. Bayern are eleven points clear. 15 wins from 19 games.
They'll be one minute of added time. Boateng wants to come on, but he probably won't get the opportunity.
Double sub for Bayern. Couple of appearance fees to be paid there.
Neuer running the clock down by just standing there with the ball until a Stuttgart player closes him down. Forget scoring more goals, he wants that clean sheet.
Bayern just stroking the ball around now. The jig is up.
Shaqiri and Gomez being called back to the bench. Double sub for the last few minutes perhaps.
Yellow Card William Kvist Jörgensen
Another booking. Once again it's for a foul on Ribery. Kvist this time, for attempting to give the Frenchman a bear hug as he trotted off down the line.
Ribery slides in Mandzukic, but the ball bounces back off Ulreich's head as the Croatian tried to dink it over him. Stuttgart are very lucky it's still only two.
Yellow/Red Martin Harnik
And Harnik is off. Second booking for a stupid late tackle on Ribery. Off you go.
Torun again tries his luck. This time from the right on the edge of the box, but again it's straight at Neuer. Does that man ever drop anything?
Torun strikes at goal, but it's straight at Neuer. Still, one wonders how much Torun would have made of the positions in which Traore found himself in the first half.
Tunay Torun has looked lively since coming on. He stands up Lahm and plays in Gentner down the left, but his low cross is too close to Neuer.
Bayern on course to restore their 11-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga. Who needs Pep? I jest, I jest - we all need Pep.
Well, that mistake from Molinaro was unfortunately the turning point here, it took the wind out of Stuttgart's sails and they've just been unable to respond.
Assist Mario Mandzukic
Goal Thomas Müller
Torrrrrrrrr! And that should do it. Mandzukic crosses and Muller converts from close range.
Substitute Holzhauser goes in late on RIbery. Lucky to avoid a booking there.
Shouts. Boos. Hisses. Big bad Ribery brushes Tasci's shoulder and sends the defender crashing to the ground holding his face. Let's just get on with it, lads.
Kroos delivers a whipped ball from the right and Mandzukic finds himself unmarked from eight yards to send Ulreich sprawling to tip his header around the post.
Yellow Card Antonio Rüdiger
Rudiger has his name taken for a late challenge on Ribery.
Traore again finds room on the left, but once again his cross is poor. The Guinea international really has to make better use of the ball if his side are to get anything here.
Yellow Card Toni Kroos
Kroos is furious. He lets the ref know, and promptly goes into the book.
Toni Kroos goes down in the area, nothing doing. The Bayern man looked to be beyond Niedermeier in the box before being bundled over by the Stuttgart defender.
Stat attack: Bayern are the BuLi’s top scorers this season with 46 in their 18 league games before today; meanwhile, the hosts have found goals harder to come by, managing just 21 thus far.
Goal! No. Muller rolls it in from close range, but it's ruled out for offside.
Such a shame for Stuttgart, who had really come into the game and looked to be growing in confidence in the opening stages of this half.
Goal Mario Mandzukic
Torrrrrrrr! Awful mistake from Molinaro, who popped the ball back towards his keeper without looking. Mandzukic picks it up, steps around Ulreich and rolls it into an empty net.
Stuttgart look intent on pressing a bit higher up the pitch this half.
Madzukic's first contribution of the second period is to give away a free kick. He had just 13 touches of the ball in the first half.
And we're back.
Bayern had 66% possession in the first half. They need to make more of it in the second period.
45' + 1'
And that's half time. Looked like Bayern would dominate in the opening stages, but Stuttgart can be very pleased with the second part of the first 45 minutes. Game on.
Thomas Muller goes down looking for a free kick. I'd forgot he was even playing.
Rudiger is massive by the way. A man mountain. He's only 19. Perhaps not the best technically, but certainly a prospect.
Rudiger settled now, and will be pleased with the way he has neutralised Ribery on Bayern's left. His side need to get to the half without conceding now, and look very likely to do so.
Stat attack: Bayern Munich have kept a clean sheet in seven of their last eight away matches in the BuLi.
Mandzukic gets his first real sight of goal, reacting well as the hosts failed to clear a cross into the box and spinning to strike over from bar from 15 yards. The big man has to get more involved, though.
There's a real battle on in the midfield now too, as Bayern are being given less and less time on the ball with every minute. This game has really come to life in the last ten minutes.
Stuttgart pour forward again as Harnik beats Alaba before Traore joins in on the left. This time his cross is better, and Neuer very nearly fumbled the ball over the line as Harnik headed the ball onto the post and back across goal.
The hosts growing in confidence now, as for the first time Molinaro gets forward to help Traore before whipping a ball into the Bayern box.
Yellow Card Martin Harnik
Harnik goes into the book perhaps a little unfortunately for leading with his arm as he went up for a header.
They've got the home crowd going now too. Concentration is key, as, it appears, is breaking quickly down the flanks. There is some joy to be found there, particularly in behind Alaba.
Bruno Labbadia's side come forward again, but Traore wastes possession just as he had players breaking to his right. This is much better from Stuttgart.
Shinji Okazaki finds some space inside right and strikes a fine shot across goal Neuer's goal but just didn't get enough bend on the ball. That's as close as anyone's come so far .
Well, Bayern haven't really managed to convert their dominance into any clear cut chances so far. Stuttgart just beginning to settle a bit now.
Javi Martinez drives forward and draws a free kick from Gentner some 25 yards out just right of centre. Alaba fancies this. Miles over.
Stuttgart send a deep free kick into the box, but Neuer rushed from his line and plucks it out of the air with ease.
Ribery beats young Rudiger this time, ducking inside before being hauled to the ground. Free kick Bayern. Kroos swings it in, but Javi Martinez can only head the ball wide.
Harnik finds some space in behind Alaba, but his pull back finds nobody. Good opportunity for the hosts there, their first of the game.
Bayern win another corner. And again Ribery sends it in towards Dante, but this time Ulreich charges through the crowd and punches it away.
And Dante meets the resulting corner but gets just too much on his free header from six yards and it drifts over the bar. Real chance there.
Wonderful spell of passing from Bayern as they work from the ball back to front, right to left, before Ribery's shot from the edge of the box is deflected wide.
Having been perhaps harshly penalised on two occasions to concede free kicks, Ribery is given one by the ref. He looks pleased, I think. It's hard to tell.
Kvist Jorgensen does his goalkeeper no favours by lobbing one back to him from the edge of the box. Sven Ulreich won't have minded though, he took it on his chest and volleyed it away like it was nothing.
Pep Pep Pep. Pep is coming. He'll likely be watching, and likely be enjoying Bayern's domination of possession in the opening stages.
And here they go, Harnik charges down the right before attempting to play Traore through on goal, but the ball had just a little too much on it.
Rudiger wins the ball at full-back and is fouled by Ribery. Stuttgart are back in the game.
Bayern take control right from the off. The hosts haven't had a kick yet.
And we're off.
This is a big one. “It'll be no stroll," Jupp Heynckes warned his charges this week. “It's a classic fixture, the South German derby in front of a sell-out crowd, a match where the emotional temperature is always high."
The numbers won’t fill Stuttgart with confidence – they’ve won just three of their eight league games at home this season, while Bayern have dropped just two points on their travels thus far.
The visitors are hoping to extend their nine point lead at the top of the league by racking up their 15th league win of the season.
Stuttgart: Ulreich, Rudiger, Tasci, Niedermeier, Molinaro; Kvist, Gentner; Harnik, Okazaki, Traore; Ibisevic
Team news is in - Bayern: Neuer; Lahm, van Buyten, Dante, Alaba; Martinez, Schweinsteiger; Muller, Kroos, Ribery; Mandzukic.
Afternoon, all. Welcome to Goal.com's LIVE text commentary of today’s Bundesliga clash between Stuttgart and Bayern Munich. My name is Rupert Fryer and I will be guiding you through the action this afternoon.
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