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article imageBundesliga: Bayern tops VFB Stuttgart 2:0

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By Karl Gotthardt     Jan 27, 2013 in Sports
Stuttgart - After a mediocre first half, FC Bayern scored twice in the second half to top VFB Stuttgart 2-0. Bayern started this match as the undisputed leader in the Bundesliga, with an eight point advantage over second place Leverkusen.
The victory gave Bayern an 11 point edge over its closest contenders. Last year's champion Borussia Dortmund trails by 12 points.
Bayern was the dominant team in a scoreless first half, which saw few scoring opportunities. In spite of the dominance, Bayern was unable to get anything substantive going in the offensive department. The best scoring opportunity was a Stuttgart attack and subsequent shot on goal, which was stopped by the aluminum of the goal post.
Bayern exerted pressure from the start of the match, but was unable to effectively penetrate the Stuttgart defense. The flow between Bayern's defense and the midfield was relatively effective, but accuracy was often missing to put the final touch into play to score.
Both teams returned after the first half without making any changes. Bayern,appeared revitalized in the second half. As was the case during the first 45 minutes, Bayern continued to dominate. It took a misguided Stuttgart pass for Mandzukic to score the first goal in the 50th minute. Thomas Mueller scored the second Bayern goal in the 72nd minute.
After an eventless first half, FC Bayern Muechen came back in the second half, with two unanswered goals by Manzukic and Mueller to defeat VFB Stuttgart 2-0.
Bayern started this match as the undisputed leader in the Bundesliga, with an eight point advantage over second place Leverkusen. Stuttgart with 7 wins 4 losses and 7 losses started in 11th place. The win has given Bayern an 11 point lead at the top of the league. The record German champion continues on its path toward the league and German championship.
After a scoreless first half, which saw few scoring opportunities, Bayern was was the dominant team. In spite of this, Bayern was unable to get anything substantive going in the offensive department. The best scoring opportunity was a Stuttgart attack an subsequent shot on goal, which ended iwith hitting the goal post.
Both teams returned after the half without making any changes. Bayern,appeared revitalized in the second half. As was the case during the first 45 minutes, Bayern continued to dominate goals by Mandzukick in the 50th minute and Mueller in the 72nd minute ensured a win in the Mercedes-Benz arena.
Mandzukic scored the opening goal in the 50th minute. After a misdirected pass by Stuttgart's Molinaro, Manzukic, picked up the ball, moved around Stuttgart's keeper Ulreich and tapped the ball into the net.
Thomas Mueller doubled the score in the 72nd minute. On a counter that developed on the right side of the pitch, Mandzukic delivered a precise pass into the center of the penalty area. Mueller was in place to double the score to 2-0.
Despite Stuttgart's efforts, Munich was the more dominant side during both halves. In the end Bayern proved to be too much for the Schwaben.
Line Ups:
VFB Stuttgart: Ulreich - Rüdiger, Tasci, Niedermeier, Molinaro - Kvist, Gentner - Harnik, Traore (64. Torun) - Ibisevic, Okazaki (64. Holzhauser).
Bayern Muenchen: Neuer - Lahm, van Buyten, Dante, Alaba - Martinez, Schweinsteiger - Thomas Müller, Toni Kroos, Ribery (88. Shaqiri) - Mandzukic (89. Gomez).
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