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Allianz Arena (ATT 71,000) 13th September 2014 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: T Kinhofer

Bay Munich Bayern Munich vs Stuttgart Stuttgart

Bay Munich 2

M Gotze (27)
F Ribery (85)

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Bayern Munich 2 Stuttgart 0

Last Updated: 13/09/14 4:50pm

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Thomas Muller takes on Gotoku Sakai

Thomas Muller takes on Gotoku Sakai

Bayern Munich returned to winning ways in preparation for their opening Champions League fixture against Manchester City in midweek with a 2-0 win over Stuttgart on Saturday.

Bayern Munich returned to winning ways in preparation for their opening Champions League fixture against Manchester City in midweek with a 2-0 win over Stuttgart on Saturday.

Mario Gotze gave the defending Bundesliga champions the lead just shy of the half-hour mark and Franck Ribery celebrated his first appearance of the season with the second goal to settle Bayern's nerves five minutes from time.

The only concern for Bayern was the sight of defender Holger Badstuber limping away with an injury which seems certain to rule him out of Wednesday's clash with City.

Bayern coach Pep Guardiola resisted the temptation to give Medhi Benatia a debut, preferring Badstuber, Jerome Boateng and Dante at the heart of his defence with Xabi Alonso making his second start just in front of the back three.

Only Alonso was really involved in the game early on, though, as Stuttgart rarely progressed into the final third of the field with the hosts controlling possession.

They did not manage to create any danger until the 15th minute when Gotze's shot was saved and then, from a Boateng cross, Muller's header was tipped over by Sven Ulreich.

Antonio Rudiger sent a free header wide of the post at the other end, but that was only a prelude to Bayern going in front.

A generous free-kick down the left was awarded and the ball found its way out to Gotze, who threaded his shot through a pack of players, including Robert Lewandowski who tried to help it in with a backheel, but did not make contact as the ball found its way in.

Everything seemed to be going according to plan until Badstuber limped out of the action just before half-time.

Thoughts of his almost two-year injury break sprang to mind as he pulled up after kicking the ball.

He was replaced by Gianluca Gaudino with Bayern reverting to a back four, and there followed a spell in which they appeared to lack their usual organisation.

Stuttgart improved and Rudiger should have done better when faced with only Neuer to beat in the 63rd minute, but he did not connect well with the ball.

Ten minutes later, Alonso's deflected shot looped over Ulreich and hit the crossbar with the rebound falling for Lewandowski, who struck the right-hand post with his shot.

Lewandowski then set up Ribery, who took one touch with his right foot before threading the ball through the legs of Ulreich with his left to celebrate his return to action with a goal.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 26 64
2 Wolfsburg 26 54
3 Borussia Monchengladbach 26 47
4 Bayer Leverkusen 26 45
5 Schalke 26 39
6 FC Augsburg 26 38
7 Hoffenheim 26 37
8 Eintracht Frankfurt 26 34
9 Werder Bremen 26 34
10 Borussia Dortmund 26 33
11 Mainz 26 30
12 Cologne 26 30
13 Hertha Berlin 26 29
14 Hannover 96 26 27
15 SC Freiburg 26 25
16 Hamburg 26 25
17 SC Paderborn 07 26 24
18 Stuttgart 26 23

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