As the Bundesliga table gets tighter, the Signal Iduna Park prepares to host Borussia Dortmund vs VfB Stuttgart. Ashley Adamson-Edwards takes you through the action as it happened.Embed from Getty Images
With Lucien Favre’s Dortmund in 5th place, the side have struggled without the fans at home so far, having lost six out of eight Bundesliga home matches behind closed doors.
Whereas, Stuttgart have shown Germany just how much they deserve to stay in the Bundesliga, currently being unbeaten away from home this season. Matched only by Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen so far.
After recently confirming their place in the UEFA Champions League knockout stage, Borussia Dortmund will be looking to turn their Bundesliga form around with a win here tonight.
Worryingly for BVB though, their attack won’t feature Erling Haaland or Thorgan Hazard.
Stuttgart come into this game having recently won away to Werder Bremen and will want to build on that as they push up the table. Although a European finish is unrealistic, if Pellegrino Matarazzo can win tonight his side could move into 6th place.
0′ And we’re off at the Signal Iduna Park as Marco Reus gets us underway.
Who do you think will come out on top?
3′ Roman Burki is forced into an early save as he parries away a Stuttgart shot as the Swabian Metropolis made their presence known.
7′ Borna Sosa comes so close to putting his side in front with a brilliantly struck free-kick.Embed from Getty Images
Sosa showed superb technical ability with his left foot, swinging the ball at Burki’s top right corner. It was a great save from the Swiss.
13′ Tanguy Coulibaly wasted a massive chance for Stuttgart as his close-range effort is powered wide.
17′ Jude Bellingham has the ball in the back of the net but his goal is chalked off as Reus is caught in an offside position.
When the ball found Bellingham, he waited long enough to then squeeze the ball past Gregor Kobel.
19′ Brilliant work from Kobel as he rushes out of goal to squander Emre Can’s one on one chance.
25′ Penalty – VfB StuttgartEmbed from Getty Images
The official is given an easy decision as Can clashes into Mateo Klimowicz.
26′ GOAL – VfB Stuttgart 0 – 1Embed from Getty Images
Silas Wamangituka kept his cool from the spot and scored.
It was a calm finish from the Congolease wing-back, not fooling Burki but placing the ball into the bottom-right corner.
Are we approaching another disappointing home result for Dortmund?
30′ Klimowicz smashes the ball over the bar from close-range whilst capitalising on Coulibaly’s effort.
33′ Bellingham is tumbled over as Wamangituka recklessly bumps into him.
39′ GOAL – Borussia Dortmund 1 – 1
Giovanni Reyna made it look easy as he flicked the ball past Kobel and into the back of Stuttgart’s net.
Raphael Guerreiro played a remarkable ball over to the young American. As Reyna took an excellent first touch, the ball was just waiting to be struck with his right foot.
A stunning goal from the youth of Dortmund, an inch-perfect pass from their experience and Favre is broken out of jail once more.
43′ Coulibaly came so close to regaining the lead but Burki was there to match the shot.
46′ Half-time is called here in Dortmund as both sides are on level terms.
As Favre grows ever more anxious to climb Dortmund into the Champions League positions, whereas Matarazzo couldn’t be more impressed with his team so far.
Wamangituka gave Stuttgart the perfect start as he placed them into the lead from the spot. However, after a moment of brilliance from Reyna, the score was levelled with a fine volley from the American.
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Man of the match to be?
From the very start, Stuttgart’s Klimowicz has been at the heart of their attack as the away side have created plenty of chances.
The Argentine then went onto win Stuttgart their penalty which enabled his side to go one goal ahead in the 27th minute.Embed from Getty Images
46′ What’s your predictions for the match as Coulibaly gets us underway?
52′ GOAL – VfB Stuttgart 1 – 2Embed from Getty Images
Wamangituka has lashed the ball past Burki to put Stuttgart into the lead once more.
Despite Coulibaly’s poor delivery, a quick touch to control with his thigh allowed Wamangituka the time and space to volley his team into a 2-1 lead.
Dortmund can succeed all they want in Europe, but struggles will continue at home with a defence like this.
58′ As the BVB attack struggle to link-up, fans must be wondering why Favre hasn’t made a change.
59′ Substitution – Borussia Dortmund
60′ GOAL – VfB Stuttgart 1 – 3Embed from Getty Images
Stuttgart have pulled apart the Dortmund defence once more as Philipp Foerster comes from deep to score past Burki.
Sosa’s perfect pass allowed Foerster to take the ball into his stride and nip between Mats Hummels and Manuel Akanji to finish into the bottom-right corner.
63′ GOAL – VfB Stuttgart 1 – 4
Hummels was left flat-footed as Coulibaly curled a shot inside the far post.
Wamangituka was quick to pounce on Bellingham’s poor pass, allowing the Congolese wing-back to race down the right flank and play through Coulibaly.
It was then all about France vs Germany. With Coulibaly dazzling the aging legs of Hummels, it was a quick step to the left that caught the former Bundesliga champion off balance. Leaving Favre shaking his head as the ball was slotted in off the post.
65′ Substitution – Borussia Dortmund
67′ Substitution – VfB Stuttgart
71′ Stuttgart’s brilliant defensive organisation continues to keep Dortmund at bay.
77′ Substitution – VfB Stuttgart
80′ Kobel pulls off a fine save to deny Jadon Sancho firing into the bottom-left corner. Immaculate reactions from the keeper.
85′ Substitution – Dortmund
Coming on for Dortmund: Youssoufa Moukoko (18), Dan-Axel Zagadou (5) and Julian Brandt (19).
Leaving the field: Rapheal Guerreiro (13), Manuel Akanji (16) and Jadon Sancho (7).
87′ Reyna is denied his second goal of the match as Youssoufa Moukoko was caught in an offside position during Dortmund’s build-up.
88′ Substitution – VfB Stuttgart
Coming on for the visitors: Darko Churlinov (19) and Pascal Stenzel (15).
Leaving the field: Mateo Klimowicz (31) and Konstantinos Mavropanos (5).
91′ GOAL – VfB Stuttgart 1 – 5Embed from Getty Images
Nicolas Gonzalez finally gets his deserved goal as Stuttgart go four ahead.
With so many Dortmund players up the pitch, the away side picked their passes and played Gonzalez through on goal. As the Argentine was closing in on Burki, he passed the ball into the bottom-left corner.
It really was a tremendous decision from Matarazzo to bring on Gonzalez. Throughout the game he burst away from the Dortmund defence time and time again. Finally, after failing to put away numerous chances, the fastest player in the game (producing a sprint of 35.22km/h) has included himself in the history books for Stuttgart.Embed from Getty Images
Nicolas Gonzalez. The nuisance that Borussia Dortmund really didn’t need.
94′ Full-time has been called here at the Signal Iduna Park as it ends Borussia Dortmund 1 – 5 Stuttgart.
Matarazzo’s Stuttgart made history in Berlin today with a spectacular 5-1 win to push into sixth place.Embed from Getty Images
Favre can shake his head as much as he wants but his hopes for a Bundesliga title may have been burned to ashes already.
Without the presence of The Yellow Wall at the Signal Iduna Park, are Borussia Dortmund the same team they once were?
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