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2017/2018 German Bundesliga
  • Chadrac Akolo (5')
  • Josip Brekalo (51')
  • Maximilian Philipp (45'+3')

Borussia Dortmund continue slide with loss at Stuttgart

Borussia Dortmund's fast-fading Bundesliga title hopes suffered another crushing blow on Friday as they slumped to a 2-1 defeat at Stuttgart.

Dortmund now have just one point from their last five league matches and head into Tuesday's Champions League clash with Tottenham with only one competitive win -- against third-tier Magdeburg in the cup -- since September.

They were the architects of their own downfall at the Mercedes-Benz Arena, with a terrible mix-up between Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Buerki and defender Marc Bartra gifting Chadrac Akolo the opener after just five minutes.

Dortmund then almost spurned a gilt-edged opportunity to equalise in first-half stoppage time when Andre Schurrle - taking over penalty duties after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was dropped for disciplinary reasons - saw his spot-kick saved by Ron-Robert Zieler.

Fortunately for Schurrle, Maximilian Philipp was quickest to react and he coolly slotted the loose ball into the near top corner to make it 1-1.

That was not enough to save the visitors, though, with Stuttgart netting the winning goal six minutes into the second half through substitute Josip Brekalo.

Brekalo, who replaced goalscorer Akolo at the interval, drilled home a low shot after being put clear by Berkay Ozcan as Stuttgart made it 16 points from a possible 18 at home this season.

German Bundesliga Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Bayern Munich 22 +36 56
2 RB Leipzig 22 +6 38
3 Borussia Dortmund 22 +18 37
4 Eintracht Frankfurt 22 +5 36
5 Bayer Leverkusen 22 +12 35
6 Schalke 04 22 +5 34
7 FC Augsburg 22 +4 31
8 TSG Hoffenheim 22 +1 31
9 Hannover 96 22 -1 31
10 Borussia Monchengladbach 22 -4 31
11 Hertha Berlin 23 0 30
12 SC Freiburg 22 -14 25
13 VfL Wolfsburg 22 -3 24
14 VfB Stuttgart 22 -9 24
15 Werder Bremen 22 -6 23
16 Mainz 23 -13 23
17 Hamburg SV 22 -15 17
18 FC Cologne 22 -22 13

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