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Despite victory against Stuttgart: BVB loses table leading

Borussia Dortmund has lost the lead for the first time since the sixth game day in the Bundesliga title race. The team of trainer Lucien Favre did not reach VfB Stuttgart a 3:1 (0:0) to defend rank one. With equal points (every 57) the goal difference for the Bavarians is better for two hits.

Marco Reus (62, Foulelfmeter according to video evidence) Dortmund led, but Marc Oliver Kempf (71) was similar. Paco Alcacer (84.) with Seasonator Number 14 and Christian Pulisic (90.+2) secured at least three of the Westphalia.

Favre, as already with the Champions League outing against Tottenham Hotspur, took a total offensive. The Swiss sent Reus, Mario Gotze and Alcacer to the field together for the first time in this Bundesliga season. The first warning shot, however, was fired by Steven Zuber after 45 seconds.

Afterwards, but the favourite against extremely defensive guests took over the command. Driven by Axel Witsel, the BVB launched an attack on the VfB Gate. At the Stuttgart Penitentiary, however, the hosts ran out of ideas. The VfB defense was always given a foot or a head in the middle.


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The Dortmund team kept up the pace, but lacked the necessary precision at the last pass. The best possibilities in the first half of the period were therefore the result of remote shootings by Jadon Sancho (37.) and Raphael Guerreiro (42). In both situations, guest finalist Ron-Robert Zieler was in the post.

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The biggest chance in the first passage before 81.365 spectators even offered the guests. In one of the few accounts Nicolas Gonzalez, who had received the preference over Mario Gomez, but almost passed the BVB gate (32.).

Stuttgart also acted disciplined after the change and narrowed the spaces. Dortmund continued to look for the gaps in the defense of the guests and got help from a former Borussen. After a foul of the former Dortmund Gonzalo Castro to Sancho, Reus transformed the Elfmeter with his 14-gauge. Seasonator to the leadership.

Arbitrator Benjamin Cortus had initially decided to go free, but video assistant Daniel Siebert indicated that the offence was in the penalty area.

The leadership gave the BVB more space. Paco Alcacer failed in front of targets (69). Almost in return, a head-on struggle took place after Castro was freed. In the final phase, however, the Dortmund secured the victory in the signal Iduna Park.