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Bayern stretch Bundesliga lead

Published:Sunday | April 10, 2016 | 4:00 AM

BERLIN (AP):

Bayern Munich ground out a 3-1 win at Stuttgart and provisionally opened an eight-point lead to move closer to an unprecedented fourth straight Bundesliga title yesterday.

"We need another three wins and a draw to achieve something very special, something no team in Germany ever achieved," Bayern coach Pep Guardiola said.

An own goal from Georg Niedermeier got the defending champions under way in the 31st minute and David Alaba made it 2-0 in the 52nd.

Daniel Didavi pulled one back in unorthodox fashion in the 63rd, scooping the ball while on the ground over the helpless Manuel Neuer. Didavi did not have time to get up from his previous attempt.

Bayern substitute Douglas Costa sealed it in the 89th with a shot inside the left post.

Borussia Dortmund can restore the five-point gap today with a win at Schalke in the Ruhr derby. Five rounds remain after the weekend's games.

"I always watch Bundesliga on Sundays," Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said. "But I rely on Bayern Munich and not Borussia Dortmund."