Sven Ulreich’s penalty save in the fifth minute of added time helped earn Bayern Munich a 1-0 win at stubborn Stuttgart.
The Bayern goalkeeper held Chadrac Akolo’s poor spot kick, the final shot of the match, to extend his side’s lead at the top of the Bundesliga table to 11 points.
Second-half substitute Thomas Muller had earlier made the breakthrough for the visitors, finding the net in the 79th minute, just as it looked as though Stuttgart would be rewarded for their disciplined display.
This game had looked a tall order for the hosts, having gone into the match on the back of three straight defeats without scoring, but, while they offered little going forward, they frustrated Bayern for long periods.
The visitors started on the front foot and Robert Lewandowski almost opened the scoring after just a minute.
Coman’s ball from the left picked out Muller in the area and he took a touch to control before lashing a low shot past Zieler.
The Stuttgart keeper pulled off a double save to deny Rodriguez and Lewandowski as Bayern missed a gilt-edged chance to make it two and they were almost made to pay in stoppage time when Niklas Sule was ruled by the video assistant referee to have fouled Santiago Ascacibar.
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