Tuesday, 22 January, 2019

Borussia Dortmund hit three past Stuttgart; Eintracht Frankfurt hold Hoffenheim

American teenager Christian Pulisic sent Dortmund on their way to a comfortable win over Stuttgart American teenager Christian Pulisic sent Dortmund on their way to a comfortable win over Stuttgart
Deanna Wagner | 10 April, 2018, 15:07

Pulisic, a fully-fledged U.S. global at just 19, gave Dortmund the lead against mid-table Stuttgart at a sun-soaked Signal Iduna Park.

Dortmund emerged for the second half with intent and duly scored minutes later when Nuri Sahin crossed for Michy Batshuayi to grab his seventh goal in nine games since his winter loan move from Chelsea.

Pulisic then set up Maximilian Philipp made it 3-0 in the 59th minute, tucking away the rebound after his initial shot was saved by Ron-Robert Zieler.

But Stoger remained confident enough to introduce 17-year-old Barcelona product Sergio Gomez off the bench for his Bundesliga debut, before namesake Mario crashed one final attempt for a Stuttgart consolation against the crossbar as Dortmund wrapped up a result that at least temporarily opens a six-point gap to fifth.

They want to avenge their 4-4 draw at home to Schalke, who scored four goals without reply, last November.

The USMNT global has now registered nine goals in 65 Bundesliga appearances for the North Rhine-Westphalia giants and created a new personal best for a single season, his fourth goal of the campaign eclipsing the three he managed last season and his two goals in 2015/16.

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"We want to qualify for the Champions League and if possible finish second", said Sahin.

In the first half of Borussia Dortmund's game against Stuttgart, Pulisic attempted to dig out a cross into the box and ended up hitting the top left corner of the goal.

Neither side could progress further up the league table as Eintracht Frankfurt and Hoffenheim played to a 1-1 draw at Commerzbank-Arena.

Luka Jovic had given the home side the lead only minutes before.

The lead lasted just seven minutes as Germany winger Serge Gnabry beat a defender and the pace of his shot gave Frankfurt goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky little chance as Hoffenheim equalised.