12/16/2017 8:26:21 PM

Mueller fires Bayern Munich 11 points clear

Mueller fires Bayern Munich 11 points clear

Berlin: Thomas Mueller came off the bench to score the only goal and Sven Ulreich saved a stoppage time penalty for Bayern Munich as they won 1-0 at VfB Stuttgart on Saturday to go 11 points clear in the Bundesliga.

Mueller put Bayern ahead with 11 minutes remaining and keeper Ulreich saved Chadrac Akolo's 95th-minute spot kick to break the home fans' hearts.

There was plenty more drama around Germany's top flight as Brazil defender Naldo scored in the 95th minute to snatch a 2-2 draw for second-placed Schalke at Eintracht Frankfurt and maintain their 11-match unbeaten run.

There was also excitement at mid-table Augsburg as Iceland striker Alfred Finnbogason scored twice in added time to claim a hat-trick and grab a 3-3 draw at home to Freiburg after the hosts had been 3-1 down on 90 minutes.

Finnbogason's treble overshadowed ex-Bayern striker Nils Petersen who scored twice for Freiburg to hit six goals in his last three games.

Not to be outdone, strugglers Mainz also came from two down at Werder Bremen to poach a point in a 2-2 draw thanks to goals by Sweden midfielder Robin Quaison and then Swiss Fabian Frei, who equalised in the 93rd-minute.

Bottom side Cologne finally picked up their first win of the season 1-0 over Wolfsburg thanks to Christian Clemens' second-half winner, but his side remain 11 points from safety.

In Stuttgart, defending champions Bayern remain in pole position to win a sixth straight league title and maintain their iron-grip on first place when the Bundesliga's winter break starts after this weekend.

Head coach Jupp Heynckes named a star-studded team, which was frustrated until he threw Mueller on for the final 25 minutes.

The Germany star delivered in style when the Stuttgart made a rare mistake, leaving him unmarked on the edge of the area to allow him to smash his shot home.

For only the fifth time in Bayern's 17 Bundesliga, striker Robert Lewandowski, the league's top scorer with 15 goals this season, failed to hit the net when he wasted a late chance.

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