Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice as second-placed Borussia Dortmund returned to winning ways with a well-deserved 4-1 victory at home to faltering VfB Stuttgart.
Taking to the field for the first time under temporary coach Jürgen Kramny, Stuttgart got off to the worst possible start. Przemyslaw Tyton pulled off a brilliant save to thwart Henrikh Mkhitaryan, but the Poland international was powerless to prevent Gonzalo Castro heading in his first Bundesliga goal in Dortmund colours on the follow-up. The former Bayer 04 Leverkusen midfielder then turned provider for Aubameyang, who doubled the hosts’ lead with a sumptuous chip, before having a goal ruled out for offside.
Stuttgart could easily have folded, but a Daniel Didavi tap-in five minutes before the break put them right back in the game, just moments after Lukasz Piszczek had cleared Timo Werner’s goal-bound effort off the line. Dortmund continued to offer the more consistent threat into the second period, however, with the linesman’s flag denying Marco Reus and Tyton saving well from Aubameyang. The decisive third eventually came by way of a Georg Niedermeier own goal, the Stuttgart defender directing Reus’ low cross beyond the reach of Tyton. Aubameyang tested Tyton yet again, before sticking away his 17th Bundesliga goal of the season in added time.
Man of the match
Aubameyang’s first of the afternoon was an apt illustration of just how far his game has come in recent months. The AC Milan academy product could have added to his tally on several occasions, too.
Thomas Tuchel made a number of changes to the side that suffered a surprise 1-0 defeat in Krasnodar in the UEFA Europa League, but the players that came in - Castro especially - did a fantastic job of pulling together to arrest Dortmund’s two-match losing slide.
- Castro’s opener was Dortmund’s earliest Bundesliga goal since April 2013, when Reus scored in the first minute against 1. FSV Mainz 05.
- Aubameyang is the first player in a Dortmund shirt to score 17 goals after 14 matches.
- Didavi has scored Stuttgart’s last three goals in Dortmund.
- A second-half substitute, Julian Weigl is the only Dortmund player to have featured in all 25 of BVB’s 25 competitive outings this season.
- After 14 matches, Stuttgart have already equalled their club record for own goals in a single season (four).
Dortmund: Bürki - Piszczek, Sokratis, Bender, Schmelzer - Gündogan (Ramos 89’), Castro - Mkhitaryan, Kagawa (Weigl 60’), Reus (c) (Hummels 80’) - Aubameyang
Stuttgart: Tyton - Schwaab, Niedermeier, Baumgartl, Insua - Rupp (Wanitzek 86’), Gentner (c) - Maxim (R. Kruse 70’), Didavi, Kostic - Werner (Taschy 82’)