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Played
October 29, 2011 2:45 PM BST
Mercedes-Benz-Arena — Stuttgart
Referee:‬ M. Gräfe‎
Attendance:‬ 60000‎
 
Top of the Match
Mats Hummels
Mats Hummels
Borussia Dortmund
Sven Ulreich
Sven Ulreich
VfB Stuttgart
Flop of the Match
Shinji Okazaki
Shinji Okazaki
VfB Stuttgart
Cacau
Cacau
VfB Stuttgart

Stuttgart 1-1 Borussia Dortmund: Bundesliga champions lose ground in title race after Piszczek cancels out Tasci opener

An evenly-matched contest ended all square as Jurgen Klopp's men miss an opportunity to keep the pressure on Bayern Munich

By Keeghann Sinanan

German Bundesliga: VfB Stuttgart - Borussia Dortmund, Mario Goetze, Shinji Okazaki
Bongarts
Borussia Dortmund and Stuttgart played out a 1-1 draw at the Mercedes Benz arena in Saturday's Bundesliga clash, meaning Jurgen Klopp's side lose ground on league leaders Bayern Munich.

Serdar Tasci opened the scoring for the hosts, but Lukasz Piszczek equalised for the visitors just before half-time to earn the defending Bundesliga champions a share of the spoils.

The match began at a frantic pace, with chances coming thick and fast in the opening exchanges. Robert Lewandowski fired a warning shot when he struck the post after creating space in the box in the fourth minute, with Mario Gotze firing inches wide only moments later.

Shinji Kagawa and Ivan Perisic both sent efforts wide before Stuttgart attacked. First, Cristian Molinaro forced Roman Weidenfeller to parry his shot from a tight angle on the left flank. Then, Martin Harnik’s cutback just missed the boot of the onrushing Cacau at the far post to cap off an enthralling opening 10 minutes.

The game slowed down shortly after, but the hosts still managed to take the lead in the 22nd minute, courtesy of a scrappy goal by Tasci. A free-kick by Harnik was deflected off the post into the path of the German defender, who made no mistake from a few yards out.

That goal seemed to fill Stuttgart with confidence, and they looked menacing thereafter thanks to some questionable Dortmund defending. Molinaro’s deliveries from the left were causing the visitors all sorts of problems, and only a brilliant last-ditch tackle by Hummels denied Harnik a one-on-one with Weidenfeller.

However, against the run of play, Dortmund grabbed an equaliser on the stroke of half-time. Gotze picked out Kagawa on the left flank, who teed up Piszczek inside the six-yard area for an easy finish.

Dortmund started the second half strongly, and Kagawa forced a great save out of Sven Ulreich in the 50th minute with an effort from 20 yards out. Ten minutes later, the Japanese evaded two Stuttgart defenders at the top of the box to find himself clean through on goal, but could only send his finish high over the bar.

The tempo of the game slowed down shortly afterwards, with both sides seemingly content to settle for a point. However, after Marcel Schmelzer forced Ulreich into a smart stop from his free-kick in the 84th minute, Dortmund dominated possession in an effort to score a winner in the time that remained.

Neven Subotic and Piszczek both missed great chances from corners, before the Polish defender fired just wide from an offside position with the last kick of the game.

The result sees Stuttgart remain in 5th place, while Dortmund sink to third on 20 points, and are now five points behind leaders Bayern.



VfB Stuttgart

1
Sven Ulreich
Goalkeeper
4.00
3
3.00
5
Serdar Tasci
Defender
22′
3.00
2
Javi Martínez
Defender
3.00
21
3.00
6
3.50
17
Zdravko Kuzmanovic
Midfielder
46′
3.00
30
Tamas Hajnal
Midfielder
92′
2.50
23
3.00
7
Martin Harnik
Striker
22′
3.50
18
Cacau
Striker
2′ 78′
3.00

Borussia Dortmund

3.50
1
3.50
4
3.00
15
3.50
26
3.00
29
3.00
5
Sebastian Kehl
Midfielder
28′
3.50
19
Mario Götze
Midfielder
3.00
9
Ivan Perisic
Midfielder
76′
3.00
6
Sven Bender
Midfielder
46′
2.50
9
3.50
26
Shinji Kagawa
Midfielder
46′

Substitutes

23
Marc Ziegler
Goalkeeper
0.00
22
0.00
34
0.00
10
Timo Gebhart
Midfielder
0.00
16
0.00
20
0.00
36
0.00

Substitutes

0.00
20
0.00
24
Chris Löwe
Defender
0.00
5
0.00
8
Moritz Leitner
Midfielder
46′
0.00
19
0.00
8
0.00
19
L. Barrios
Striker
72′

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

0.00
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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Robert Lewandowski Robert Lewandowski
Striker
Dortmund
17 4
Mario Mandzukic Mario Mandzukic
Striker
Bayern
17 0
Adrian Ramos Adrian Ramos
Striker
Hertha BSC
16 3
Josip Drmic Josip Drmic
Striker
FC Nürnberg
16 2
Stefan Kießling Stefan Kießling
Striker
Leverkusen
15 2