Marco Reus’ late goal helped Borussia Dortmund reduced the points deficit between them and Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich after moving 2-1 past resilient Stuttgart on Saturday.
The “BVB” started highly motivated in front of home crowd and came to early chances as Reus rattled the woodwork in the 7th minute before unmarked Donyell Malen headed over the target from inside the box six minutes later.
As the match progressed Stuttgart aligned its defence and was able to keep Dortmund’s offence at bay.
Stuttgart eventually reaped the best chance of the first half when Tanguy Coulibaly’s dangerous effort, following Orel Mangala’s header into the box, forced Dortmund goalkeeper Gregor Kobel into action with 38 minutes gone.
After the restart, Stuttgart took over, but it still was the hosts, who broke the deadlock after Malen’s deflected 18-meter hammer surprised Stuttgart goalkeeper Florian Muller in the 56th minute.
Dortmund’s advantage didn’t last long though as Philipp Forster dispossessed Manuel Akanji before sending Atakan Karazor, whose through ball allowed Roberto Massimo to restore parity at the hour mark.
The hosts responded well as Muller had to tip Akanji’s long-range shot to the bar in the 67th minute before Reus and Malen missed the target from promising positions in the closing stages.
Dortmund eventually shocked Stuttgart with the 2-1 winner in the dying minutes of the game as Reus finished off a counterattack following a Stuttgart corner to secure all three points on home soil.
With the win, second placed Borussia Dortmund sit just one-point away from front runners Bayern Munich meanwhile Stuttgart slump onto the 16th spot, which is a relegation play-off spot.
Elsewhere, three first half-goals paved the way for Borussia Monchengladbach’s 4-0 victory over last placed and newly promoted Greuther Furth 4-0.
Wolfsburg scored twice in quick succession to secure a two-all draw at bottom side Arminia Bielefeld.
Amine Adil’s early opener ensured Bayer Leverkusen a narrow 1-0 victory over Bochum while Hoffenheim shocked Leipzig 2-0. Union Berlin defeated Hertha Berlin 2-0.