Stuttgart 0 – 2 Dortmund: Two goals from Julian Brandt consign Stuttgart to defeat as relegation fears grow at the club
- Two goals from Julian Brandt get Dortmund back on track after Leipzig defeat
- Stuttgart are only a point above the drop having played one game more
- Dortmund further cement their second place position behind Bayern Munich
Borussia Dortmund got their season back on track with a convincing 2-0 away victory at Stuttgart.
Stuttgart, who are a point outside the relegation places having played a game more than Arminia in 16th, offered little and manager Pellegrino Matazarro will be concerned at this late stage in the season.
Dortmund found themselves on the end of an excellent RB Leipzig performance last week but made amends this as Julian Brandt stepped up with goals either side of half-time to pull them further away from Bayer Leverkusen in third.
Julian Brandt celebrates after putting Borussia Dortmund 1-0 up at Stuttgart
Brandt, who had not initially started the game but was introduced on six minutes after Gio Reyna was forced off with an injury, impressed throughout and was good value for his two goals.
The first was made by Erling Haaland and all Brandt had to do was tap it in. Initially, the flag had gone up for offside but VAR overturned the decision.
Erling Haaland made the first for Julian Brandt. Dortmund are further secured in second
The German international’s second, on 71 minutes, was a much more stylish finish.
Picking the ball up on the edge of the D, Brandt struck the ball to the goalkeeper’s left, wrong-footing Florian Muller in the Stuttgart goal in the process.
Dortmund have little chance of challenging Bayern Munich for the title, but will be encouraged after their surrender at home to Leipzig last week.
Stuttgart were plunged further into trouble by the defeat at the hands of Dortmund
Julian Brandt celebrates his second as Stuttgart players look downtrodden