Borussia Dortmund captain Marco Reus scored late to close the gap on Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich in a 2-1 win at home against Stuttgart on Saturday.
Dortmund looked set for disappointment as they struggled to take advantage of Bayern’s shock 2–1 defeat at Augsburg, but Reuss grabbed the home team’s winner in the 85th minute, when Florian Müller hit Thoren Hazard. K’s opening effort was saved, then he tapped in the rebound. ,
The opportunity came when a Stuttgart counterattacked from the corner as the spectators themselves pushed for a winner.
Dortmund were again without injured star forward Erling Haaland, who watched from the stands.
Dutch striker Donil Malen scored his first Bundesliga goal since joining Dortmund in the off-season from PSV Eindhoven, but Stuttgart fought back through Roberto Massimo.
Stuttgart had made life difficult from the start and the best of the first half was when Gregor Kobel was forced to make a brilliant save to deny Tongue Kolibeli minutes before halftime.
Malen, who was coming in for criticism for failing to compromise after his move, eventually got his first league goal in the 56th, although it came with some luck as his long-range effort won Stuttgart captain Vataru. Took a decisive deflection from Endo.
Massimo equalized on a counterattack seven minutes later, but Reus had the final say.
Borussia Mönchengladbach and Bayer Leverkusen also won by defeating promoted sides 4–0 and Bochum 1–0 respectively.
Hoffenheim beat American coach Jesse Marsh’s Leipzig team 2–0 and Arminia Bielefeld beat Wolfsburg 2–2.
Union Berlin was hosting crosstown rival Hertha Berlin for the Bundesliga’s lone city derby on Saturday.