Late leveller dents Dortmund
Borussia Dortmund's march towards the Bundesliga title was interrupted by Stuttgart, who held them to a 1-1 draw at the Westfalenstadion. Jurgen Klopp's side looked on course for their 16th win in 19 matches after Mario Gotze scored late in the first half, but Pavel Pogrebnyak levelled in the 84th minute to do a huge favour to the chasing pack at the top.
The Westphalians could have won comfortably against a Stuttgart side who remain in danger and could drop to the bottom of the table tomorrow, but they paid the price for not building on their one-goal lead.
Stuttgart had the first chance of the game after a quarter of an hour when Christian Gentner reached a corner with his head and brought a fine reflex save out of Roman Weidenfeller. Dortmund responded well and took command of the game, creating numerous chances to score with the lively Gotze and Robert Lewandowski posing the greatest threat.
Gotze it was who put them ahead in the 43rd minute, putting the finishing touch to an excellent team move. Nuri Sahin found Kevin Grosskreutz, who immediately fed Gotze, and he made no mistake from close range.
Dortmund wastfulness costly
Dortmund continued to express their superiority and Klopp even afforded himself the luxury of bringing his top goalscorer Lucas Barrios on for the final 25 minutes. He should have doubled their lead within minutes of taking to the field, but he scooped his shot over the crossbar from eight yards out.
Stuttgart could hardly break out of their own half as Dortmund pegged them back, looking for the goal which would settle any nerves and seal the win. Barrios was denied by Sven Ulreich in the 75th minute and it proved to be a costly miss as Pogrebnyak levelled 10 minutes later.
The Russian striker drilled in a shot from the edge of the penalty area to crown a quick counter-attack for the visitors with a goal which was worth a point.