Bayern Munich went 11 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga table on Sunday with a 2-0 win at ten-man VfB Stuttgart and set a new record in the process.
The clean sheet in Stuttgart means Bayern have conceded just seven goals after 19 Bundesliga games, a new German league record, and they also extended their lead at the top of the table.
Second-placed Bayer Leverkusen lost ground after being held to a goalless draw at Freiburg on Saturday.
Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic showed again why Germany striker Mario Gomez has to make do with warming Bayern’s bench by scoring the opening goal, then setting up Thomas Mueller for the second to make sure of the three points.
Munich went ahead after a horror back-pass from Stuttgart defender Cristian Molinaro allowed Mandzukic to round the hosts’ goalkeeper Sven Ulreich and fire into an empty net on 50 minutes.
Stuttgart were lucky to escape conceding a penalty when centre-back Georg Niedermeier brought down Munich’s Toni Kroos in the area, but when referee Florian Meyer waved play on, Kroos’ furious protest earned him a booking.
Mandzukic made sure of the three points when he played in a superb cross for Mueller to slot past Ulreich after getting to the ball just ahead of his marker Serdar Tasci on 72 minutes.
Earlier, Hamburg won the north German derby with a 3-2 victory at home as Werder Bremen finished with nine men.AFP