Dortmund is back on track in the Bundesliga. BVB won in Stuttgart thanks to a strong performance by Julian Brandt. However, the Westphalians could not really rejoice.
Marco Rose could not laugh. The coach had a bitter victory with Borussia Dortmund. Despite new injury concerns, the second-placed team in the Bundesliga won 2-0 (1-0) at VfB Stuttgart on Friday evening.
Thanks to two wild card goals from Julian Brandt (12th minute/71st), coach Marco Rose’s team showed a reaction to the hefty 1:4 defeat against RB Leipzig the previous week in front of 58,248 spectators and took a big step towards their goal of Champions League football in the coming season. Stuttgart, on the other hand, are in danger of slipping into a relegation spot if Arminia Bielefeld win at VfL Wolfsburg and Hertha BSC win against 1. FC Union.
“The best answer you can give is to win. That’s what’s most likely to keep the fans positive,” said Brandt, who came on in the 6th minute for Giovanni Reyna, who was injured again. The international can even enjoy an entry in the history books with his goal: the 12th-minute strike was the earliest goal by a substitute in Bundesliga history.
Reyna, Dahoud and Hummels off injured
After Reyna, Mahmoud Dahoud also had to be substituted injured in the first half, as well as Mats Hummels during the break. “Gio is all fixed up again,” Rose said on the streaming service DAZN, confirming a shoulder injury for Dahoud and muscular problems for Hummels.
“In our situation we need points, unfortunately we didn’t get them today,” said a disappointed Stuttgart’s Pascal Stenzel. “We were a team that could hold our own against Borussia Dortmund. In the end, unfortunately, it was once again down to our ability to make the most of our chances,” complained Atakan Karazor.
Guerrero’s shot against the post
After less than two minutes, the Dortmund team was once again unlucky. Reyna injured himself in a sprint on the edge of the pitch and immediately grabbed the back of his right thigh. With tears of anger and disappointment, the youngster walked off the pitch straight to the dressing room and was comforted by his teammates on the way. The 19-year-old US international had already had to sit out for a long time recently due to thigh problems.
However, BVB recovered from the scare surprisingly quickly. First Raphael Guerrero hit the post of the Stuttgart goal in the 8th minute. Only four minutes later, it was Brandt, of all people, who had to come on as a substitute, who finished off a counterattack after Erling Haaland’s cross to make it 1:0. The goal was reviewed by the video referee, but then awarded.
VfB Stuttgart were unimpressed by the early deficit and stood up to BVB. A lively game developed in which both teams played at speed and created goal-scoring opportunities. However, nothing worthwhile came of it at first. The home side sorely missed striker Sasa Kalajdzic, who was absent due to a Corona infection.
After just half an hour, the Dortmund team suffered another setback. Dahoud injured his right shoulder in a duel, tried to play on, but then had to retire with a contorted face. The midfielder was replaced by Axel Witsel in the 36th minute.
After the first half, Hummels, who apparently had muscular problems, stayed in the dressing room. Dan-Axel Zagadou came on for the defensive chief for the second 45 minutes. VfB tried to put the Dortmund players, who were short-staffed, under pressure early on. After winning the ball, Pascal Stenzel had a free shot in the 61st minute, but only hit the crossbar of the BVB goal. Ten minutes later, Brandt scored his second goal with a shot from distance.