Stuttgart 0 Bayern Munich 1: Ulreich denies former club with last-gasp penalty save

Bayern Munich secured a narrow victory over Stuttgart at the Mercedes-Benz Arena, thanks to Sven Ulreich saving an injury-time penalty.

Sven Ulreich returned to haunt former club Stuttgart as his injury-time penalty save secured Bayern Munich a hard-fought 1-0 win over Stuttgart.   -  AFP

Sven Ulreich returned to haunt former club Stuttgart as his injury-time penalty save secured Bayern Munich a hard-fought 1-0 win over Stuttgart.

Ulreich – making his return from injury – kept out Chadrac Akolo's spot kick after the video assistant referee had awarded a foul by substitute Niklas Sule on Santiago Ascacibar in a frantic finish to the fixture.

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Muller breaks the deadlock

The late miss meant a 79th-minute strike from Thomas Muller – who was sent on in the second half – settled the game after Bayern had struggled to find a way past home goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.

Zieler produced a string of eye-catching saves as Bayern looked in danger of failing to find the net for the first time in all competitions since a 2-0 league defeat to Hoffenheim way back on September 9.

However, super-sub Muller - introduced with 25 minutes remaining - converted Kingsley Coman's pass inside the area to secure the reigning champion a fifth straight win in December.

With nearest rival Schalke only able to draw at Eintracht Frankfurt, plus RB Leipzig not in action until Sunday, Jupp Heynckes' runaway leader extended its cushion at the summit to 11 points in its final match before the mid-season break.

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