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Lewandowski grabs a hat-trick as Bayern defy early red card to thrash Stuttgart

The 4-0 victory keeps the Champions League holders four points clear at the top of the Bundesliga.

Robert Lewandowski celebrates after completing his hat-trick in Bayern Munich's win against Stuttgart.
Robert Lewandowski celebrates after completing his hat-trick in Bayern Munich's win against Stuttgart.
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ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI SCORED a hat-trick today as Bayern Munich romped to a 4-0 home win over Stuttgart despite having Alphonso Davies sent off in the 12th minute.

The result keeps Bayern four points clear at the top after second-placed RB Leipzig won 1-0 at Arminia Bielefeld on Friday.

Lewandowski has now scored 35 league goals this season to leave him just five short of Gerd Müller’s all-time Bundesliga record of 40, set in 1971/72.

Davies saw an early red card at the Allianz Arena for a tackle on the ankle of Stuttgart’s Japan midfielder Wataru Endo. Bayern responded with a burst of three goals in five minutes.

Lewandowski beat two defenders to tap home a Serge Gnabry cross on 18 minutes.

A superb exchange of passes between Leroy Sane and Thomas Müller set up Gnabry to score Bayern’s second on 22 minutes.

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Just 77 seconds later, Lewandowski headed home Müller’s cross and the Poland star wrapped up his hat-trick six minutes before half-time with a low shot. 

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