On Friday, Borussia Dortmund substitute Julian Brandt scored once in either half to earn a 2-0 victory at VfB Stuttgart and bounce back from last week’s loss to RB Leipzig.
The second-placed Ruhr valley club, who have five games left in the season, maintained their slim title chances on 60 points, six behind Bayern Munich, who host Augsburg on Saturday.
Dortmund, who had lost 4-1 at home against Leipzig last week, suffered some bad luck at the start with Gio Reyna being taken off injured after only two minutes and Brandt coming on.
The visitors quickly recovered from the early setback, with Raphael Guerreiro hitting the post in the ninth minute before Brandt tapped in for the lead from an Erling Haaland pass.
A significant transfer target, the Norwegian provided the assist but has not scored in his last five league matches, his longest goal drought in the Bundesliga.
With Stuttgart missing in-form striker Sasa Kalajdzic, they were on the back foot after the break.
And Brandt struck again in the 71st. He rifled in from the edge of the box to give Dortmund a two-goal cushion.
Stuttgart, beaten for the first time in five league games, had a string of late chances.
But Borna Sosa hit the crossbar, and an unmarked Konstantinos Mavropanos sent his header wide.
VfB Stuttgart XI ( 4-3-3): Florian Muller;
Hiroki Ito, Konstantinos Mavropanos, Borna Sosa, Pascal Stenzel;
Atakan Karazor, Orel Mangala, Wataru Endo;
Tiago Tomas, Chris Führich, Omar Marmoush.
Borussia Dortmund XI (4-2-3-1): Gregor Kobel;
Manuel Akanji, Mats Hummels, Raphaël Guerreiro, Emre Can;
Giovanni Reyna, Mahmoud Dahoud, Jude Bellingham;
Erling Haaland, Marco Reus, Thorgan Hazard.
VfB Stuttgart 0, Borussia Dortmund 1. Julian Brandt’s (Borussia Dortmund) right footed shot from close to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Erling Haaland.Goal awarded following VAR Review.
VfB Stuttgart 0, Borussia Dortmund 2. Julian Brandt’s (Borussia Dortmund) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner and assisted by Marco Reus.
VfB Stuttgart will be facing Mainz in Bundesliga.
Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund will host Wolfsburg in Bundesliga.
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