Stuttgart 2-3 Borussia Dortmund: Jude Bellingham scores his first-ever goal in the Bundesliga as Edin Terzic’s side win five-goal thriller thanks to late strike from 19-year-old winger Ansgar Knauff
- Jude Bellingham scored his first goal for Borussia Dortmund to make it 1-1
- Marco Reus put Dortmund 2-1 and Daniel Divadi equalised to make it 2-2
- Angsar Knauff scored his first professional goal to secure a vital away win
Borussia Dortmund teenager Ansgar Knauff fired in an 80th-minute winner for his first professional goal to give his team a 3-2 victory at VfB Stuttgart on Saturday and maintain their slim hopes of a top-four finish.
Germany youth international Knauff, in his third league appearance, picked up the ball on the edge of the box and audaciously threaded his shot past two defenders and the goalkeeper to secure the win that lifted Dortmund to 46 points in fifth place.
Eintracht Frankfurt are in fourth place on 53 points following their 4-3 win over third-placed VfL Wolfsburg, with six games left in the season and the top four finishers qualifying automatically for next season’s Champions League group stage.
England international Jude Bellingham equalised for Dortmund shortly after half time
Marco Reus celebrates with his team mates after putting Dortmund 2-1 up at Stuttgart
Daniel Didavi (left) celebrates with team mates after his goal made it 2-2 against Dortmund
Stuttgart: Kobel, Mavropanos (Stenzel 61), Anton, Kempf (Churlinov 86), Coulibaly (Klement 86), Endo, Karazor, Sosa, Forster (Thommy 68), Klimowicz (Didavi 61), Kalajdzic
Goals: Kalajdzic (17) Didavi (78)
Booked: Sosa, Forster, Kempf, Anton
Subs not used: Massimo, Ahamada, Bredlow, Kaminski,
Borussia Dortmund: Hitz, Morey (Piszczek 84), Akanji, Hummels (Can 46), Guerreiro, Dahoud, Delaney, Reyna (Brandt 80), Bellingham (Hazard 79), Reus (Knauff 67), Haaland
Goals: Bellingham (47) Reus (52) Knauff (80)
Booked: Hitz, Hummels, Hitz
Subs not used: Burki, Schulz, Carvalho, Meunier,
Booked: Hummels, Hitz
Goals from Jude Bellingham and Marco Reus in the 47th and 52nd minutes gave Dortmund, who host Manchester City in their Champions League quarter-final second leg next week, a 2-1 lead after the hosts had gone in front thanks to Sasa Kalajdzic’s looping first-half header.
Daniel Didavi then fired in a 78th-minute equaliser for Stuttgart but their joy lasted only two minutes when the 19-year-old Knauff snatched the winner.
Next up for the home side is a trip to Union Berlin next Saturday, whilst Edin Terzic’s side host Werder Bremen next Sunday after welcoming Liverpool to the Westfalenstadion in midweek.
Dortmund’s hopes of keeping hold of star players Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho could hinge on finishing in the top four.
Playing Champions League football next season will be vital if the German giants are to keep of their hold of their stars over the summer.
With a host of Europe’s elite clubs keeping tabs on their most sought after players.
Angsar Knauff celebrates after scoring the winner for Dortmund at Stuttgart on Saturday
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