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GORETZKA GETS OFF THE MARK

Leon Goretzka opened his Bayern Munich account to set the Bundesliga champions on their way to a convincing 3-0 victory over Stuttgart.

Bayern were frustrated for much of the first half at Mercedes-Benz Arena on Saturday, but former Schalke prodigy Goretzka made the breakthrough shortly before the interval, curling home at the culmination of a fine team move.

Goretzka's goal punctured Stuttgart's spirit, and although the woodwork denied David Alaba, Robert Lewandowski thumped home in the 62nd minute to double the advantage.

Bayern were not finished there, though, Thomas Muller getting in on the act late on to cap off the win in style.

Stuttgart had looked comfortable early on despite a typically dominant start from Bayern - Ron-Robert Zieler only called into action once in the opening stages as he kept out Joshua Kimmich's 16th-minute volley at the near post.

But Stuttgart's resolve was broken in the 37th minute, Goretzka finding enough space on the edge of Stuttgart's area to curl in a sublime finish.

Bayern clicked up a gear, and only an instinctive stop from Zieler prevented Mats Hummels extending their lead prior to break, before Alaba rattled the upright with a wicked free-kick following the restart.

Any lingering Stuttgart hopes were ended just after the hour - Goretzka turning provider with a neat pass into Lewandowski, who unleashed a rasping strike into the bottom-right corner.

And Bayern added further gloss to the victory with 14 minutes remaining, Lewandowski and Muller combining superbly for the latter to tuck home.

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