David Alaba scored his first league goal of the season as Bayern Munich battled to a 3-1 away win over VfB Stuttgart on Saturday in the Bundesliga.
The win takes Bayern a step closer to an unprecedented fourth Bundesliga title in a row as they highlighted their dominance over their opponent with the 15th win in a row over their southern rivals in competitive fixtures.
The win is also a welcome boost for Pep Guardiola and his men ahead of Wednesday’s crucial Champions League quarter-final return away to Benfica.
The 60,000 full house at the Mercedes-Benz-Arena saw the home side frustrate the leaders for the first half-hour, but a moment of Franck Ribery magic led to former FCB man Georg Niedermeier putting through his own goal after 31 minutes.
Alaba thereafter opened his Bundesliga scoring account seven minutes after the restart to double FCB’s lead, and although Daniel Didavi pulled one back on 63 minutes the champions held out comfortably enough and sub Douglas Costa cracked an 88th-minute third to make absolutely sure of the three points.
A 24th win in 29 league games means FCB move onto 75 points, once again eight clear of second-placed Dortmund ahead of the black-and-yellows’ Ruhr derby meeting with Schalke on Sunday.
Following the do-or-die clash in Lisbon, the Bavarians return to domestic league action next Saturday evening at home to Europe-chasing Schalke.