Thiago Alcántara hit a sensational added-time winner, as FC Bayern München came from a goal down to beat VfB Stuttgart 2-1 and move 13 points clear at the Bundesliga summit.
The Spanish midfielder produced a piece of individual brilliance, rifling an acrobatic scissor-kick beyond Sven Ulreich on 93 minutes to complete the comeback and stretch Bayern's unbeaten Bundesliga streak to 43 matches.
It was a win that long seemed unlikely. Stuttgart were keen to take advantage of a Bayern side weakened by injuries to wingers Franck Ribéry and Arjen Robben, and on 29 minutes the Bavarian giants' defence was breached. Vedad Ibišević tucked a bobbling ball beyond Manuel Neuer for his tenth goal of the campaign, and only the second Bayern had conceded in seven matches.
Stuttgart have not beaten Bayern in the league at home since in November 2007, though, and when golden chances were passed up by Ibišević and Timo Werner after half-time, doubts began to creep in. Substitute Claudio Pizarro confirmed the home fans' worst fears when he flicked in a 76th-minute header, before Thiago met Rafinha's cross to steal the win and the limelight.
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|1||FC Bayern München||18||50|
|2||Bayer 04 Leverkusen||18||37|
|4||VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach||18||33|
|5||FC Schalke 04||18||31|
|7||Hertha BSC Berlin||18||28|
|8||1. FSV Mainz 05||18||27|
|11||SV Werder Bremen||18||20|
|13||TSG 1899 Hoffenheim||18||18|
|17||1. FC Nürnberg||18||14|
|18||TSV Eintracht Braunschweig||18||12|