Stuttgart down Dortmund 2-1 in German Bundesliga

Source: Xinhua| 2017-11-18 08:31:07|Editor: ZD
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Andre Shuerrle (R) of Dortmund vies with Insua Zapata of Stuttgart during the Bundesliga match at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Stuttgart, Germany, on Nov. 17, 2017. Stuttgart won the match 2-1. (Xinhua/Philippe Ruiz)

BERLIN, Nov. 17 (Xinhua) -- Borussia Dortmund's losing streak continues as newly promoted Stuttgart secured three points following a 2-1 win on home soil at the opener of the 12th round in Bundesliga on Friday.

The "BVB" suffered their third consecutive defeat in row as goals from Stuttgart's Chadrac Akolo and Josip Brekalo secured the fifth victory of the season.

Peter Bosz' men grabbed the worst possible start into the encounter as Chadrac Akolo stunned the visitors after capitalizing on a moment of madness by Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Buerki with just five minutes played.

The Congolese striker had the chance to double the lead but Buerki was on guard to deny moments later.

As the match progressed, Dortmund began to take over and their efforts got rewarded as Stuttgart's Benjamin Pavard caused a handball penalty after a cross from Mario Goetze.

Andre Schuerrle stepped up but was unable to overcome Ron-Robert Zieler, who defused the shot from the spot, before Maximilian Philipp utilized the follow up shot from close range to level the scores before the break.

Despite Dortmund's equalizer, newly promoted Stuttgart remained unimpressed after the restart. To make things worse, Stuttgart restored their lead with six minutes into the second half when substitute Josip Brekalo finished off a counter attack after nutmegging goalkeeper Buerki.

Both sides remained in search for another goal but yet Dortmund were unable to avoid a damaging third straight loss, whereas Stuttgart wrapped up a vital victory in front of home crowd.

With the result, Dortmund stay on the 3rd place for the moment meanwhile Stuttgart jumped on the 11th position of the Bundesliga standings.

The following fixtures are scheduled for Saturday: front runners Bayern Munich host Augsburg, Bayer Leverkusen face runner up Leipzig, Hoffenheim see Eintracht Frankfurt, Mainz clash with Cologne, Wolfsburg meet Freiburg and Hertha Berlin take on Monchengladbach.

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