Bayern beats Stuttgart, takes Bundesliga lead from Dortmund

Berlin, March 4 (BNA): Bayern Munich continued to return to the top of the Bundesliga, with a 2-1 victory over Stuttgart, which fell into the relegation zone, on Saturday.

Matthijs de Ligt and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting scored for Bayern to move back ahead of Borussia Dortmund on goal difference.

Dortmund recovered from a nine-point deficit before the winter break by winning every game since then to revitalize the title race, according to the Associated Press.

Union Berlin remained in third place, five points behind the two big ones, with a 0-0 draw at home to Cologne.

Bayern had to defend late on when Juan Jose Perea pulled one back in the 88th minute, but Tanguy Coulibaly missed VfB Stuttgart’s best chance to equalize in injury time.

De Ligt proved the difference between the teams in the first half, producing a goal-line clearance to deny Konstantinos Mavropanos, then breaking the deadlock with a speculative effort from long range in the 40th minute.

Stuttgart goalkeeper Fabian Bredlow should have stopped the Dutch defender’s shot, but he did show his prowess with two big saves to deny Leon Goretzka. Silas Katumba Mvumba came close twice against Stuttgart.


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