Serge Gnabry scored a hat-trick and scored a brace for Robert Lewandowski as Bayern Munich moved to nine points ahead of the Bundesliga with a 5-0 win over Stuttgart.
Gnabry, on his first start in nearly a month, opened the scoring in the first half and clinically doubled the champions’ lead following a closed-door break at the Mercedes-Benz Arena on Tuesday.
The outstanding Gnabry then fielded Lewandowski twice and completed his hat-trick as the leaders went wild in Julian Nagelsmann’s 200th Bundesliga game as manager, scoring three goals within five minutes of the second half.
Bayern lost Kingsley Coman to an apparent hamstring injury but achieved their sixth straight win in all competitions.
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Gnabry was a livewire from the start and threw an early shot on Stuttgart goal before Lewandowski shot straight at goalkeeper Florian Muller.
Omar Marmoush pulled out a tame shot against the game run before Gnabry put the champions ahead, finding the back of the net with an elegant right-footed shot for the first time after Leroy Sane – up for the injured Coman – lobbied him. set to five minutes before the break.
Stuttgart showed great commitment after half-time but Gnabry struck again in the 53rd minute, catching a Thomas Muller pass and beating Marc Oliver Kempf before quietly slipping home with his left foot.
Gnabry then transformed into a supplier, spotting Lewandowski with a superb pass that the striker controlled across the chest and ran into the box before nonchalantly lifting the ball over the advancing Stuttgart goalkeeper and into the net.
The same pair combined again as Lewandowski was on hand to squeeze home inside the six-yard area from a Gnabry cross.
Gnabry then capped off a brilliant performance by entering from close range after busy Florian Muller only managed to hit his line with 16 minutes left.