DFB Pokal

  • L. Rupp 21’
  • 5’ M. Reus
  • 31’ P. Aubameyang
  • 89’ H. Mkhitaryan
1 Half Time 2
DFB Pokal
Attendance 46,500


    • KICK OFF
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      Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang contributed a goal and two assists as Thomas Tuchel's side book their place in the DFB-Pokal semi-final for a third year running. Marco Reus and Henrikh Mkhitaryan provided the others as Dortmund hand Stuttgart their first loss of 2016. That's all for our live coverage from
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      Marco Reus opened the scoring for the visitors inside of five minutes, but it was short-lived as Lukas Rupp's emphatic strike pulled Stuttgart level. The goals didn't stop there, however, with Dortmund restoring their lead through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and that is where things stand as we enter
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      The players do take a while to come out of the tunnel, however, so we're running a bit behind schedule as a result. Kick-off should happen within the next five minutes.
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      There is a terrific atmosphere here at the Mercedes-Benz Arena, as the players take the pitch in front of a packed house. The hosts have been playing some excellent football in recent months, and their fans have rewarded them with some tremendous support. Could there be an upset on the cards?
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      Jurgen Kramny has also kept his team relatively the same following a 4-2 victory at Eintracht Frankfurt on the weekend. Former Dortmund keeper Mitchell Langerak replaces Przemyslaw Tyton in goal, while Toni Sunjic starts at centre-half ahead of Daniel Schwaab. Right-back Kevin Grosskreutz also makes
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      Thomas Tuchel trots out a full strength starting line-up, verifying what we already knew: Dortmund are taking this competition very seriously. Just two changes have been made from their weekend draw at Hertha, with Matthias Ginter and Erik Durm coming into midfield at the expense of Julian Weigl and
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      SUBS: Schwaab, Baumgartl, Harnik, Klein, Tyton, Tashchi, Maxim.
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      STUTTGART (4-5-1): Langerak; Grosskreutz, Sunjic, Niedermeier, Insua; Rupp, Didavi, Die, Gentner, Kostic; Kravets.
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      SUBS: Weidenfeller, Weigl, Castro, Kagawa, Leitner, Pulisic, Subotic.
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      DORTMUND (4-3-3): Burki; Piszczek, Sokratis, Hummels, Schmelzer; Gundogan, Ginter, Durm; Mkhitaryan, Reus, Aubameyang.
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      Stuttgart are one of the most in-form teams in Germany at the moment, having not lost a match since November. Their current string of victories has helped to catapult them up the table, with a comfortable cushion protecting them from the relegation zone. As a result they have the luxury of fielding
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      Hello and welcome to live coverage of Borussia Dortmund’s trip to the Mercedes-Benz Arena to take on Stuttgart in the DFB Pokal quarter-finals. Thomas Tuchel’s side are entrenched in second place in the league, and with catching leaders Bayern proving to be a near insurmountable task, this domestic
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      Finally, we're underway!
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      The visitors start strong, but it's Stuttgart who manage the first threatening attack. A giveaway in midfield allows them to break with pace, and a good ball out wide from Didavi for Kostic sees the winger win a corner - though Dortmund are able to clear their lines from the resulting set-piece.
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      G M. Reus Assist P. Aubameyang
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      Aubameyang did well not just to pick out the assist, but peel off and make himself an option for Mkhitaryan in the build-up.
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      DORTMUND LEAD INSIDE FIVE MINUTES! That's the definition of a team goal. Mkhitaryan cuts in onto his right and threads a pass over to Aubameyang, who glances a teasing ball across the face of goal. Gundogan can't get to it, but Reus meets it at the far post before sending a thumping effort into the
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      STAT: The last five head-to-head meetings between the two teams have seen 26 goals – averaging just over five per game. Dortmund have 18 of them, Stuttgart eight.
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      There is a lovely tempo to this game so far, and the early goal has injected even more pace! These are two attack-minded teams who love to get forward, and that is very much the case so far. Burki is tested for the first time from a corner, but the save is a straightforward catch in the end.
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      OUCH! Sunjic make a strong defensive header to clear a Reus cross behind, but it comes at a cost as he clatters into the post dangerously. He stays down and, being a head injury, the referee immediately waves the training staff on to have a look.
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      Sunjic is eventually able to jog off without help, and should be just fine to continue. As play resumes, Dortmund appear to have won a corner, but the referee's decision goes against them. Mkhitaryan argues his case, while Tuchel is spotted berating the fourth official on the touchline - all this ov
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      As Dortmund increase the pressure, so too has the physicality. Stuttgart are trying to combat their free-flowing attack with some strong challenges and the referee is having to step in on numerous occasions, the latest of which sees Serey Die take down Durm rather cynically.
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      STAT: Through three games, Stuttgart have yet to play Bundesliga opposition in the competition. They played one team from each of the three tiers below them (2. Bundesliga, 3. Liga and Regionalliga).
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      Close! Durm does well to get himself in space on the left and wip in a terrific cross for Aubameyang, but Niedermeier gets the slightest of touches to knock it away from the striker. The ensuing corner is met by Hummels, but he's unable to direct a header on target.
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      G L. Rupp Assist P. Aubameyang
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      PARITY RESTORED! Dortmund fail to convincingly clear their lines following a corner. Hummels does very well to block an effort from Didavi, but it comes straight to Rupp atop the area and the midfielder sends a brilliant first-time finish into the top corner! Burki didn't even try and keep that out!
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      FEARLESS GOALKEEPING! The visitors win a free-kick at the top left corner of the penalty area, which Reus stands over to take. The goalscorer sends a gorgeous cross into the area, but Langerak dives bravely into the mess of bodies to punch clear - and takes a lot of contact for his troubles.
    • 25'
      Well this is different! Play is brought to a halt as the Dortmund supporters throw tennis balls onto the pitch! There must be close to 100, if not more, tossed on near the right of Burki's goal. Hummels asks them to stop, and with the help of a few team-mates they start to clear them off.
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      The playing surface has been cleared and the match is set to get underway again... it's certainly not something you see every day!
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      STAT: Stuttgart have won four Bundesliga matches in a row for the first time since April to May of 2011. They have won five successive competitive matches, scoring 15 goals over that span.
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      G P. Aubameyang Assist P. Aubameyang
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      Reus covered a lot of ground in attack there, charging at the defence with pace before picking out his strike partner.
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      BVB BACK IN FRONT! That's an emphatic finish from Aubameyang, sandwiched between two defenders, but still managing to nestle his strike in at the near post from just outside the area! Langerak had to be a bit quicker to get across there.
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      Recent history between these two teams suggested there could be goals, and we have not been disappointed! Averaging one every 10 minutes right now, which is a tough pace to keep up, but the tempo is showing no sign of slowing down!
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      Dangerous tackle! Niedermeier slides recklessly into the back of Gundogan, deep in the Dortmund end, and the referee immediately goes to his pocket. That's a silly card for him to pick up.
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      Stuttgart are managing their little spells in possession, but they're too infrequent. They have to be a bit sharper with their passing and not give the ball away so carelessly, because a two-goal deficit could prove too much for them to overcome.
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      WAY OVER! That's a let-off for Suttgart! Dortmund win another free-kick in an encouraging position in attack, and pack their big men into the area in anticipation of a cross. Gundogan opts to try and go for goal himself, but gets nowhere near the target.
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      STAT: Dortmund are unbeaten in their last 11 matches against Stuttgart, since a 4-1 defeat at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in January 2010 (W6, D5).
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      Excellent delivery! Didavi lifts an inviting delivery into the area from distance, and beautifully picks out the head of Kravets. The striker is able to meet it, but at an awkward height he isn't able to get much power behind it to trouble Burki.
    • 44'
      The tempo has slowed a bit as we approach the interval. Dortmund are taking a more patient approach as they pass it around in midfield, with Stuttgart keen to sit back and wait for their opportunities on the counter. There should be a couple minutes added on for the Sunjic injury and the tennis ball
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      There is just one minute set to be added on at the end of this first half, surprisingly.
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      Grosskreutz picks up a yellow card for a vicious tackle on Durm. Perhaps there's a bit of underlying meaning in that challenge, as the full-back made him a surprlus at the Signal Iduna Park.
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      Back underway in Stuttgart!
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      Dortmund pick up right where they left off, dictating the tempo and winning the midfield battle. Gundogan makes a delightful run into attack and tries to send a bullet pass in for Reus, but the striker is unable to control. That was a difficult ask of him, though.
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      He has to get his head to that! Mkhitaryan delivers an inviting ball into the box from a corner, and Ginter is allowed to run into the area unmarked. The midfielder is almost shocked at how alone he really was, and as a result, he fails to make contact with an attempted header!
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      STAT: Stuttgart have won five-consecutive DFB Pokal matches at the Mercedes-Benz Arena, since a 2-0 defeat to Bayern Munich in February 2012.
    • 54'
      Stuttgart are starting to send more bodies forward, sensing the need to take a risk if they are to get back into this game and make things a bit uncomfortable for Dortmund. The hosts could use an added presence up top, with Kravets having a very difficult time trying to go about things on his own.
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      WHAT A SAVE! Aubameyang is played through into the area by Reus, and unleashes a powerful shot from in close. It takes a slight deflection off the sliding Niedermeier, which forces Langerak to react brilliantly to get just enough of a piece of it to knock it over the bar!
    • 58'
      Insua makes an outstanding run into attack, navigating his way beyond Ginter as he approaches the top of the penalty area. Mkhitaryan tracks back, but can't break up the move legally, as he concedes a free-kick from about 20-yards out.
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      The free-kick comes to nothing, but pressure stays on. Kravets makes himself a nuisance inside the area and is able to get into a small pocket of space, before trying to squeeze a shot in at the near post, but Burki is wise to it.
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      Didavi is issued a yellow card as he trips up Durm from behind.
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      HE WAITED TOO LONG! What a promising move that was for Dortmund! The seas part for Gundogan who bursts into attack, three-against-two. He has options to either side, but indecisiveness proves to be his undoing in the end as a challenge comes in atop the area and causes him to slip. He can't believe
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      STAT: Dortmund have won eight of their last nine DFB Pokal matches, the only loss coming against Wolfsburg in last season’s final.
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      Stuttgart are growing in stature as we approach the final 20 minutes. Kostic and Didavi are beginning to really make their presence felt on a consistent basis going forward, something that has been lacking for them tonight. A few players seem to be playing with wax legs, so changes should be forthco
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      SI M. Harnik SO P. Aubameyang
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      The hosts make the first change of the night for either side, and it is unsurprisingly an attacking one with Martin Harnik replacing Serey Die.
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      HOW HAS THAT STAYED OUT?! Sunjic's header fails to clear the danger, and gifts Mkhitaryan possession inside the area. The attacker sees his shot blocked straight into the path of Aubameyang in the centre, who lays off for Reus. The forward does well to keep his composure and get around Langerak, but
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      Stuttgart are enjoying the greater time in possession over the last five or so minutes, but they're creating precious little with it. Dortmund are the ones threatening to add to their lead on the break, with the hosts caught lacking numbers as they commit men forward into attack.
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      STAT: This is the fifth DFB Pokal meeting between Stuttgart and Borussia Dortmund. The home team has won each of the first four.
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      AGAIN IT STAYS OUT! How have Dortmund not put this game to bed?! Aubameyang picks out Mkhitaryan inside the six-yard box for what looks like a sure goal, but Niedermeier sprawls out and does just enough to send it trickling behind for a corner!
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      SI M. Leitner SO P. Aubameyang
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      Dortmund make their first change of the evening as Moritz Leitner replaces Reus, who departs having contributed a goal and an assist.
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      AGONISINGLY CLOSE! Kostic's corner is knocked back towards the touchline, for the original taker himself. The winger runs back onto it and sends a tremendous first-time effort at goal, and strikes it brilliantly, but it curls just an inch or two over the bar with Burki beaten!
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      Burki forced into action! That was a tricky one for the keeper following Gentner's shot from outside the area. The bouncing effort goes straight through, with Burki expecting a deflection, but he's able to react quick enough to knock it aside. Stuttgart knocking on the door.
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      What's happened here? Didavi holds the ball up well to win a free-kick off a foul by Sokratis. Play comes to a halt and Gentner takes exception to the challenge, with the Dortmund centre-half then lashing out at him. The referee has to sort this out.
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      After a brief discussion it's only a yellow for Sokratis, which is the right decision from referee Tobias Stieler.
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      STAT: Stuttgart’s seven goals through three games in the competition this season had been scored by seven different players. Rupp is the first member of Die Roten to reach two goals in the competition courtesy of his first-half strike.
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      SI S. Kagawa SO P. Aubameyang
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      A second change for the visitors sees Shinji Kagawa replace Gundogan. This is nothing more than a way to run time off the clock by Tuchel.
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      LIFTED OVER! Mkhitaryan has done just about everything but score tonight! He makes a wonderful individual run into attack and breaks into the area, but from close range his left-footed strike deflects narrowly over the bar! Again a chance to put the game to bed goes begging.
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      G H. Mkhitaryan Assist P. Aubameyang
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      THAT WILL DO IT! Finally Mkhitaryan gets his goal, and Aubameyang is the architect. The forward wins the ball in his own half, runs all the way into the opposition's box and rolls a pass across for the Armenia international who slots it into the empty net.
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      That's a delightful bit of skill from Aubameyang in the build-up, serving the ball on a platter for Mkhitaryan.
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      There will be two minutes added on at the end of the match.

    Line Up




    Pellegrino Matarazzo
    Edin Terzic



    Possession 0% 0%
    Effective Chances 0 0
    Shots on Target 0 0
    Turnovers 0 0


    Passes 0 0
    Passing Accuracy 0% 0%
    Passing Accuracy in opponent’s half 0% 0%
    Crosses 0 0
    Crossing accuracy 0% 0%


    Shots 0 0
    Shots outside the box 0 0
    Shots inside the box 0 0
    Shooting accuracy 0% 0%


    Tackles 0 0
    Effective Tackles 0% 0%
    Blocked Shots 0 0
    Clearances 0 0
    Saves 0 0


    Fouls Conceded 17 9
    Yellow Cards 3 1
    Red Cards 0 0
    Offsides 0 0

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