|(Football) Bayern come back to beat Stuttgart
Thiago Alcantara's brilliant finish ensured Bayern Munich's 2-1 comeback victory at Stuttgart, at the rearranged match on Wednesday.
The Bundesliga front-runners and German record champions Bayern Munich march on with their 13 point lead in the standings as Stuttgart squandered a 1-0 owing to two-second-half-goals.
Bayern controlled the ball but were unable establish their rhythm and to work out threatening opportunities while the hosts created a bunch of goal scoring chances in the opening period.
However, things started different than expected, as Bayern seemed to lose grip of their 42nd unbeaten streak when Stuttgart's Vedad Ibisevic flabbergasted the visitors with the opener at the 29th minute. The Bosnian striker utilized Mohammed Abdellaoue's layoff to beat Manuel Neuer.
Things changed at the second half when Pep Guardiola fielded Mario Mandzukic and Claudio Piazzaro. Guardiola's substitutions were rewarded when Pizzaro headed home a free kick by Thiago Alcantara inside the box at the 76th minute.
Stuttgart nearly responded with their next attack but Bayern defender Dante cleared Timo Werner's attempt near the goal line.
Nonetheless, the Bavarians piled on the pressure, as they were not done with the scoring. An acrobatic sideways scissor-kick by Alcantara secured Bayern Munich a last-grasp win on the road.
"Stuttgart played very good for 30 minutes. We had trouble to gain a foothold into the match. After the substitutions of Pizzaro and Mandzukic we created more chances. At the end we were lucky, it was a fantastic goal and an incredible victory," Bayern coach Pep Guardiola said.
His team sealed the 16th win at the 18th match to extend their lead to 13 points atop the standings. Meanwhile Stuttgart slumped from 10th to 12th place with 19 points.
Borussia Dortmund visit bottom side Braunschweig on Friday to open the 19th round. --Xinhua