Borussia Dortmund 2-1 Stuttgart: Marco Reus is the hero again after striking late on to send the hosts just one point off Bundesliga top spot... with Donyell Malen also on target despite Roberto Massimo's leveller

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Borussia Dortmund captain Marco Reus tapped in an 85th minute winner to give his team a 2-1 victory over visitors VfB Stuttgart on Saturday and close to within a point of leaders Bayern Munich.

Dortmund's Dutch forward Donyell Malen scored his first Bundesliga goal in the 56th minute but Stuttgart levelled seven minutes later before Reus snatched the winner.

The result gave coach Marco Rose a club record with seven home wins from seven home league matches since taking over this season.
Marco Reus made himself the hero again after netting Dortmund's winner against Stuttgart
Donyell Malen (left) broke the deadlock for the hosts on 56 minutes in their crucial victory

Dortmund move up to 27 points from 12 games, one behind Bayern, who slumped to a 2-1 loss at Augsburg on Friday.

Stuttgart were compact from the start and Dortmund struggled to carve out many clear chances, though Reus and Malen did come close.

It was the visitors, however, who had the best chance in the first half, with Dortmund goalkeeper Gregor Kobel pulling off a sensational save to palm Tanguy Coulibaly's 38th-minute volley wide.


Borussia Dortmund: Kobel, Meunier, Akanji, Hummels, Guerreiro (Can 64), Witsel, Bellingham, Reus, Brandt (Tigges 75), Hazard, Malen (Knauff 89)

Subs not used: Dahoud, Reinier, Passlack, Pongracic, Hitz

Goals: Malen 56, Reus 85

Manager: Marco Rose

Stuttgart: Muller, Mavropanos, Anton, Ito, Karazor (Nartey 68), Massimo (Tidibi 68), Sosa, Endo, Mangala, Coulibaly (Al Ghaddioui 87), Forster (Didavi 71)

Subs not used: Mola, Stenzel, Faghir, Klimowicz, Bredlow

Goals: Massimo 63

Booked: Coulibaly, Anton

Manager: Pellegrino Matarazzo
Malen took aim from the edge of the penalty area and beat goalkeeper Florian Muller with style
The forward wheeled away to celebrate wildly, but the title hopefuls were soon pegged back

Malen, under pressure to deliver in the Bundesliga after joining for €30million from PSV Eindhoven this season, put the hosts in the driving seat with a deflected effort but it only lasted seven minutes.

Stuttgart quickly bounced back, with Roberto Massimo latching onto a through ball, shaking off two markers and beating Kobel for the equaliser.

The hosts, pushing forward for the winner, struck on a quick break, with Reus launching the move and then finishing it from close range on the rebound after Stuttgart keeper Florian Mueller had stopped Thorgan Hazard's shot.
Roberto Massimo (centre) scored the equaliser, with Stuttgart frustrating their opponents
Erling Haaland, who remains out injured for Dortmund, watched the game inside the stands

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