Dortmund oust Stuttgart 3-1 from the DFB Pokal
Borussia Dortmund kept their DFB Pokal hopes alive with a win over VFB Stuttgart.
Borussia Dortmund progressed for the third consecutive time into the semi-finals after beating Stuttgart 3-1 on the road in the DFB Pokal quarterfinals on Tuesday.
Borussia Dortmund follow Werder Bremen into the last four of the DFB Pokal as Thomas Tuchel's men overcame resilient Stuttgart 3-1 thanks to the goals by Marco Reus, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
The visitors from Dortmund caught a bright start as Marco Reus opened the scoring just five minutes into the encounter. The Germany midfielder made use of Aubameyang's square pass into the box to tap home, Xinhua news agency reported.
Stuttgart kept it bowling and responded in the 21st minute through Lukas Rupp, who hammered home a rebound from the edge of the box to restore parity.
Dortmund remained unfazed and let the ball do the work before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang utilised Marco Reus' through ball to give Dortmund a 2-1 lead at the 31st minute.
After the break, Dortmund started where they left off but neither Reus nor Aubameyang were able to double the lead. As the match progressed, the Swabians increased their effort to create opportunities but Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Buerki was on guard to deny Filip Kostic and Christian Gentner from promising positions.
Dortmund caught Stuttgart flatfooted and made the game safe in the closing period after Aubameyang teed up for Mkhitaryan, who completed a counter attack into the open goal.
"We staged a battle in the second half but did not manage to equalize the scores. We came close, but to lose to Dortmund is not rare," Stuttgart coach Juergen Kramny said.
"Although we squandered many chances in the second half, we made a perfect game," Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel said.
The following quarterfinal fixtures are scheduled for Wednesday: second division side Heidenheim host Hertha Berlin and second division club Bochum face Bayern Munich.