Bayern Munich’s Serge Gnabry scored a hat-trick and set up two more for the record-breaking Robert Lewandowski in a 5-0 demolition of Stuttgart on Tuesday, that opened up a nine-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga.
Bayern, who secured the unofficial “autumn championship” before next week’s start of the three-week winter break and are chasing a record-extending 10th consecutive league title, now have 40 points from 16 matches.
Second-placed Borussia Dortmund, on 31 points from 15 games, are in action on Wednesday against Greuther Fürth.
Gnabry, who had six efforts on goal in the first half alone, put the visitors in front in the 40th minute, curling a shot into the far top corner, and grabbed his second goal in the 53rd. He then found Lewandowski, who chipped the ball over the goalkeeper Florian Müller, for Bayern’s third goal in the 69th and teed up another one for the Polish striker with an unselfish cut-back.
Lewandowski’s second goal of the evening meant he equalled Gerd Müller’s 1972 record of 42 Bundesliga goals in a single calendar year. He can break the record in their last league game of the year against Wolfsburg on Friday.
Gnabry got his reward for being unselfish, sealing his hat-trick in the 74th minute to complete the rout. Stuttgart, whose three-game unbeaten run came to an end, are on 17 points in 15th.