KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Christian Pulisic provided the spark that Borussia Dortmund needed as they came away with the win over VfB Stuttgart as they look to lock down a Champions League spot.
Borussia Dortmund 3-0 VfB Stuttgart
Goals from Pulisic, Michy Batshuayi, and Maximilian Philipp were all Borussia Dortmund needed to ensure themselves of the win over Stuttgart at Signal Iduna Park.
After last weekend's 6-0 thrashing at the hands of Bayern Munich in Der Klassiker, BVB were in need of a response as the battle for the last three Champions League spots remains tight.
Pulisic started the game for BVB and was active throughout, putting on a man of the match performance.
However, the host looked nervous from the start as Stuttgart maintained most of the possession. Mario Gomez came close to opening the scoring when he got his head on a free kick for the ball to bounce just wide of the goal.
BVB were desperately looking for a goal and they got it through fortunate circumstances in the 38th minute. Pulisic took a pass from teammate Lukasz Piszczek down the right side and had all intentions of placing his cross into the area. However, his mishit flew over the head of goalkeeper Ron Zieler and hit the post before going into the goal to give his team the lead.
The goal gave the host some momentum and Batshuayi doubled their lead in the 48th minute when he flicked the ball to Nuri Sahin, who then dribbled it down the left side before crossing it back to the Belgian as he tapped it past Zieler.
Philipp made it 3-0 in the 59th minute when he took a well-headed pass from Pulisic to take a shot at goal. Zieler stopped the first shot, but the rebound came back to the German and his second attempt went into the back of the net after a deflection off a Stuttgart defender.
A good win for Dortmund as they now prepare for the Revierderby against Schalke.
BVB sits in third place in the standings with 51 points.
Weston McKennie came off the bench for Schalke in their 3-2 loss to Hamburg.
Timmy Chandler watched from the bench for Eintracht Frankfurt in their 1-1 tie with Hoffenheim.
In the 2. Bundesliga, Julian Green started for Greuther Furth while Andrew Wooten came off the bench for Sandhausen as both teams played a 0-0 tie.
Alfredo Morales started for Ingolstadt in their 2-2 tie with Arminia Bielefeld. Die Schanzer are now five points out from the promotion playoff spot.
Terrence Boyd started for Darmstadt in their 0-0 tie with Holstein Kiel.
In the 3. Liga, Mario Rodriguez came off the bench for Sonnenhof Großaspach in their 1-1 tie with Sportfreunde Lotte.
Isiah Young came off the bench for Werder Bremen II in their 1-0 win over Aalen.