5/12/2018 8:02:16 PM (GMT+3)

Stuttgart stun Bayern Munich in Heynckes' farewell match

Stuttgart stun Bayern Munich in Heynckes

MUNICH, Germany: Champions FC Bayern stumbled in the final Bundesliga match after they lost to VfB Stuttgart 1-4, but lifted the Bundesliga crown officially here on Saturday.

Daniel Ginczek and Corentin Tolisso traded goals before Anastasios Donis put the visitors in front in the first half. Chadrac Akolo and Ginczek netted shortly after the interval.

The Bavarians started with Sven Ulreich in goal and Joshua Kimmich, Niklas Süle, Mats Hummels and Rafinha in a back four. Thiago anchored a midfield featuring Thomas Müller, James, Tolisso and Franck Ribéry, with Robert Lewandowski as the sole striker.

Jupp Heynckes made three changes to the XI that saw off Koln last Saturday. Tolisso, Ribéry and Thiago took over from Javi Martínez, Franck Evina and Sebastian Rudy. Martínez, Sandro Wagner and Rudy came on for Tolisso, Muller and Ribéry in the second half.

After bidding farewell to Jupp Heynckes and Stuttgart centre-back and former FCB man Holger Badstuber, the 75,000 capacity crowd at the Allianz Arena saw the hosts signal their intent from the off, Lewandowski firing wide from 20 yards. But Stuttgart's Donis soon gained possession in midfield, ghosted past a number of Bavarians and crossing to Ginczek, who proved a cool customer from five yards.

Bayern went looking for a reply, but struggled against the well-organised visitors, who posed a constant threat on the break. FCB had a decent shout for a penalty waved away by referee Sascha Stegemann. It took their outstanding individual quality to level the scores.

Lewandowski wriggled his way past two Stuttgart men in the box before shining with a brilliantly bamboozling pirouette, inviting Tolisso to crash home. (www.bayernmunich.com)

 

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