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Stuttgart 2-3 Dortmund: Jude Bellingham on target to boost Euros chances

Toby Cudworth
Apr 10, 2021, 7:25 PM GMT+1
Bellingham did his chances of making England's Euro 2021 squad no harm
Bellingham did his chances of making England's Euro 2021 squad no harm | KAI PFAFFENBACH/Getty Images
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Borussia Dortmund fought back from a goal down to beat VfB Stuttgart 3-2 in the Bundesliga, boosting their chances of securing Champions League football for next season.

Edin Terzic's side still have plenty of work to do if they're to challenge Wolfsburg and Frankfurt for a place in the top four, but after going a goal behind after Sasa Kalajdzic headed home Borna Sosa's cross, BVB fought back admirably in the second half to claim a much needed win.

Their comeback will bring a smile to the faces of their supporters, but also England manager Gareth Southgate - who undoubtedly would have been keeping tabs on the performance of young central midfielder Jude Bellingham.

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Bellingham scored but did receive treatment late on | KAI PFAFFENBACH/Getty Images

Fortunately, both for Southgate and Dortmund, Bellingham was in good touch, and it was his goal two minutes into the second half that levelled the scores after Kalajdzic's 14th minute opener. Collecting Giovanni Reyna's pass in the centre of the penalty area, he caressed the ball home into the bottom corner with a composure beyond his tender years.

Minutes later, Dortmund got their noses in front as Erling Haaland - who was clocked sprinting at a Bundesliga high 36.04km/h (22.4mph) during the game - superbly stepped over Mateu Morey's pass to allow the ball to reach Marco Reus. The German winger, who later hobbled off with yet another injury, expertly bent his first-time shot into the corner past Gregor Kobel, turning the game on its head within five minutes.

The home side had their chances to level - as you'd expect against a Dortmund side prone to being cut open in defence - and they got themselves back on terms with just under 15 minutes ago as Daniel Didavi punished more suicidal defending from the visitors.

In true Dortmund style, they hit back immediately- after Bellingham and Reyna had been replaced - as 19-year-old Ansgar Knauff swept home his first Bundesliga goal. This time, it proved to be the decisive goal - boosting BVB's confidence ahead of the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie with Manchester City, which they currently trail 2-1.

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Remember the name Ansgar Knauff | KAI PFAFFENBACH/Getty Images

Elsewhere, Bayern Munich were surprisingly held to a 1-1 draw by Union Berlin, allowing title-chasing RB Leipzig to close the gap to Hansi Flick's side to five points after a thumping 4-1 win over Werder Bremen. Former Crystal Palace striker Alexander Sørloth was at the double for head coach Julian Nagelsmann, while there were also goals for Dani Olmo and Marcel Sabitzer.

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