Serhou Guirassy marked his return to Bundesliga action with a second-half winner as Stuttgart beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 at the MHPArena.
Stuttgart 2-1 Borussia Dortmund
Goals: 0-1 Füllkrug 36' (assist: Ryerson), 1-1 Undav 42' (assist: Leweling), 2-1 Guirassy 83'
Both sides came into this clash on the back of disappointing defeats during Matchday 10, as the hosts suffered a surprising 2-0 loss away at Heidenheim and the visitors succumbed 4-0 to Bayern Munich in Der Klassiker. Hosts Stuttgart initially responded the better, putting Dortmund under all kinds of pressure before the break. Within 10 minutes, Die Schwaben earned a penalty when Undav was fouled by Gregor Kobel, but the goalkeeper dusted himself down and kept out Chris Führich's spot-kick against his former club. Kobel was in inspired form throughout the first half, producing fantastic saves to deny Enzo Millot and Jamie Leweling twice apiece, while Dortmund were dealt a blow when Mats Hummels was forced off with an injury shortly before the half-hour mark. Die Schwarzgelben took the lead against the run of play, however, when Füllkrug tapped home Julian Ryerson's low cross with BVB's first shot on target. Stuttgart would have been very unfortunate not to go into the interval on level terms and, with half-time fast approaching, Undav ensured they didn't, keeping his cool to finish off a swift attacking move.
While clear-cut opportunities were not as frequent at the beginning of the second period, Stuttgart remained on top. Führich was presented with a fantastic opening to complete his side's comeback, but pushed his attempt narrowly wide of the post. Nico Schlotterbeck and substitute Ramy Bensebaini then almost combined for a comical own-goal with around an hour on the clock, before Marcel Sabitzer's deflected shot struck the post on its way behind for a corner. There were plenty of cheers when 14-goal Guirassy came on with just over 20 minutes remaining after recovering from injury, but it was fellow replacement Josha Vagnoman who had his side's next effort, shooting straight at Kobel from a promising position. Waldemar Anton and Niklas Süle traded opportunities before Sebastian Hoeneß's side won their second penalty of the match when Silas Mvumpa was brought down by Kobel. On this occasion, Guirassy stepped up, making no mistake. Stuttgart held on to triumph, ending a two-game losing streak in the top flight in the process. Dortmund, meanwhile, have now lost back-to-back Bundesliga clashes after previously going 17 unbeaten.
- Guirassy is now just one goal away from Füllkrug's and Christopher Nkunku's 16-goal haul last term, which was enough to share the Bundesliga's Golden Boot.
- Seven of his goals have come in the final 15 minutes of games, which is a league-lead.
- No side has come from behind to win on more occasions than Stuttgart (3) this term.
- Kobel's save from 12 yards was the first time a Dortmund goalkeeper has stopped a Bundesliga penalty since Romain Weidenfeller in 2013.
- All three of Füllkrug's goals this term have broken the deadlock.
- There has been at least one goal in each of Dortmund's previous 138 Bundesliga matches - a league record.
Watch: Guirassy: "We deserved to win"
Stuttgart: Nübel - Anton (c), Zagadou, Ito, Mittelstädt (Stergiou 88') – Karazor, Stiller - Leweling (Guirassy 67'), Millot (Jeong 88'), Führich (Vagnoman 66') – Undav (Silas 77')
Unused subs: Bredlow, Stenzel, Haraguchi, Roualt
Out: Nartey (knee)
Coach: Sebastian Hoeneß
Dortmund: Kobel (c) - Süle, Hummels (Bensebaini 28'), Schlotterbeck, Ryerson - Özcan - Sabitzer, Nmecha (Reyna 63') – Adeyemi (Reus 46'), Füllkrug (Moukoko 77'), Brandt (Malen 46')
Unused subs: Meyer, Haller, Wolf, Bynoe-Gittens
Out: Can (thigh), Duranville (thigh), Morey (knee)
Coach: Edin Terzić
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