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Player ratings as Kane scores brace in comfortable win


Harry Kane scored his 19th and 20th Bundesliga goals of the season already in Bayern’s comfortable 3-0 win over Stuttgart on Sunday.

In scoring a brace, Kane became just the third player in the league’s history to hit the 20 goal mark before the Hinrunde – joining Robert Lewandowski and Gerd Muller in achieving the feat.

A header from Kim Min-jae capped off the goalscoring in a good win for Bayern.

How the game unfolded

Inside the opening two minutes, Harry Kane inevitably opened the scoring. The goal would come courtesy of a woeful error from Stuttgart, with the visitors losing the ball in their own defensive third and subsequently allowing Leroy Sane to waltz into the penalty area and square to Kane who, as expected, made no mistake when presented with an open net.

Things didn’t get much better for Stuttgart thereafter as, in the 25th minute, Bayern found the back of the net for a second time. A stunning set piece delivery from the left flank from youngster Aleksandar Pavlovic was met by Kim Min-jae at the back post, who headed home with aplomb. A quick VAR check however, ensured that the scoreline remained 1-0 after Kim was adjudged to have scored from an offside position.

Bayern would come close to making it 2-0 soon after seeing that goal be chalked off, with a quick counter attack culminating in Sane forcing Alexander Nubel into a stunning save with a low strike from outside of the box.

The home side were once again denied a second goal of the game on the stroke of half-time by VAR – seeing a Thomas Muller strike chalked off after the veteran was proven to have been offside before latching onto the ball.

At the start of the second half, Bayern finally made it 2-0. Another Pavlovic set piece into the box was met by Kim at the back post again only this time, instead of heading goalward, the towering centre-back headed back across goal to Kane, who coolly nodded home his 20th goal of the season.

Pavlovic and Kim would combined from a set piece to make it 3-0 soon after. The youngster’s corner was met by Kim who, after seeing his header deflect off a Stuttgart player, saw the ball nestle in the net.

Kim Min-Jae

Another very good performance / Sebastian Widmann/GettyImages

GK: Manuel Neuer – 6/10 – He had basically nothing to do.

RB: Konrad Laimer – 7/10 – Got forward well from full-back throughout.

CB: Dayot Upamecano – 7/10 – Dealt with Serhou Guirassy with ease.

CB: Kim Min-jae – 8/10 – Stuttgart couldn’t deal with his aeriel prowess at set pieces. He had the ball in the back of the net twice (one of which counted) and set up another goal before the final whistle had blown.

LB: Alphonso Davies – 8/10 – Brilliant on both ends of the ball, winning 13 duals, winning 100% of his tackles and completing 92% of his passes.

DM: Aleksandar Pavlovic – 8/10 – Bagged two assists thanks to his stunning set piece deliveries.

DM: Raphael Guerreiro – 7/10 – Put in a solid shift in the role usually played by Joshua Kimmich.

RM: Jamal Musiala – 7/10 – No goal contributions on the day, but Musiala was still fantastic. He worked hard off the ball and provided genuine quality on it.

AM: Thomas Muller – 7/10 – Scored an offside goal and caused Stuttgart a whole host of problems with his movement.

LM: Leroy Sane – 7/10 – Bagged an assist for the opening goal of the game, and was generally very good out on the flank.

ST: Harry Kane – 8/10 – Another game, another two goals. He’s on fire.

Substitutes

SUB: Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (83′ for Muller) – 6/10

SUB: Mathys Tel (83′ for Musiala) – 6/10

SUB: Frans Kratzig (89′ for Davies) – N/A

Manager – Thomas Tuchel – 8/10 – Dealt with a myriad of absentees very well on Sunday. Introducing Pavlovic in the midfield proved to be a particularly inspired move.

Player of the match: Harry Kane (Bayern Munich)

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