Dortmund's title bid dented some more

Stuttgart beat Westphalia giants who were missing Aubameyang

Afp November 18, 2017

BERLIN: Borussia Dortmund suffered another setback in their bid to challenge for the Bundesliga title as they lost 2-1 at VfB Stuttgart on Friday.

Dortmund, without striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who was suspended for arriving late to training, had the worst possible preparation for Tuesday's must-win Champions League match at home to Tottenham Hotspur.

Josip Brekalo's low shot through Dortmund 'keeper Roman Burki's legs decided the points after Chadrac Akolo's opener was cancelled out by Maximilian Philipp at the Mercedes Benz Arena.

Dortmund could be knocked out of the Champions League even if they beat Tottenham, depending on other results.

After a defeat that left them six points behind Bayern, Dortmund captain Marcel Schmelzer said he was happy with the performance after a rocky start to the season.

"In terms of team spirit and the way we played, we have made a step in the right direction," said Schmelzer. "But the result did not go our way which is a real pity."

Dortmund went behind after four minutes when Marc Bartra's overweighted back pass rebounded off 'keeper Burki, allowing Akolo to dribble into an empty net.

Stuttgart hit back in first-half stoppage time when World Cup winner Mario Gotze's attempt to lift the ball over a defender was adjudged to be handball.

Andre Schurle's well-hit free kick was saved but Philipp slammed in the rebound from a tight angle.

Stuttgart snatched back the lead when Brekalo fired through Burki's legs.


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