Bayern Munich’s Serge Gnabry scored a hat-trick and set up two more for Robert Lewandowski against their hosts VfB Stuttgart. In Bundesliga football news, Bayern Munich demolished Stuttgart 0-5 on Tuesday, retaining a nine-point lead at the German table’s top.
The Bavarians have already secured the unofficial “autumn championship” ahead of next week’s start of the three-week winter break.
They are now chasing a record-extending 10th consecutive league title, because they have a whooping 40 points from 16 matches.
Second-placed Borussia Dortmund, on 31 from 15 games, are in action on Wednesday against Greuther Fuerth.
Bundesliga Football News – Bayern Munich Demolished Stuttgart 0-5
Gnabry, who had six efforts on goal in the first half alone, put the visitors in front at 40 minutes. He curled a shot into the far top corner, and grabbed his second goal in the 53rd minute.
The Bavarians, though struggling with a long list of absences, including Leon Goretzka, Corentin Tolisso and Joshua Kimmich among others, showed no signs of weakness, even when Kingsley Coman also had to get off the pitch owing to an injury in the 27th minute.
Substitute Leroy Sane instantly provided a fresh spark as Bayern scored either side of the break. And another three times in a five-minute spell in the second half.
Gnabry turned provider and found Lewandowski, who chipped the ball over keeper Florian Muller. This was Bayern’s third goal in the 69th minute.
Then Gnabry teed up another one for the Polish striker with an unselfish cutback in the 72nd minute.
This, Lewandowski’s second goal of the evening, meant the Poland international equalled Gerd Muller’s 1972 record. He has 42 Bundesliga goals in a single calendar year.
He can now cross/break the record in their last league game of the year against VfL Wolfsburg on Friday.
And even Gnabry got his reward for being unselfish by scoring his hat-trick in the 74th to complete the rout.
Stuttgart, who saw their three-game unbeaten run come to an end, are on 17 points and in 15th place.