Felipe Santana headed home a 69th minute corner to earn Borussia Dortmund all three points and keep up the club’s 100% home record under new manager Gray Surman. BVB started brightly, but Stuttgart came back into the match as the first half played out. The second-half introduction of Julian Schieber changed the game for the hosts, as he held the ball up well in the final third, creating more options.
Assistant Manager Zeljko Buvac took the post-match press conference and heaped praise upon Santana for his performance.
PRE-MATCH: Borussia Dortmund host VfB Stuttgart at Signal Iduna Park this afternoon, trailing the visitors by a single place and a single point with the season just three weeks old. Viktor Fischer is back in the starting eleven after scoring for Denmark’s Under-21s, while Ivan Perisic drops to the bench.
Taye Taiwo (left) makes his league début in place of Marcel Schmelzer at left-back, while the one forced change is Felipe Santana deputising for the injured Mats Hummels at the centre of defence, after the BVB skipper picked up a knock last weekend with Germany.
Borussia Dortmund 1-0 VfB Stuttgart Santana 69 Att: 80,150 Bundesliga, Signal Iduna Park. Breezy 21°C. Ref: F. Brych
BORUSSIA DORTMUND | VFB STUTTGART 1. Roman Weidenfeller (c) 6.9 | 1. Sven Ulreich 6.8 2. Andreas Beck 7.2 | 2. Sebastian Jung 7.4 15. Felipe Santana * 9.0 | 5. Serdar Tasci 7.1 4. Neven Subotic 7.0 | 22. Daniel Van Buyten (c) 7.2 14. Taye Taiwo 6.8¹| 21. Cristian Molinaro 6.9 6. Sven Bender [Y] 7.9 | 8. Zravko Kuzmanovic [Y] 7.2 8. Ilkay Gündogan 7.1 | 4. William Kvist 7.2 19. Kevin Großkreutz 6.8²| 12. Sidney Sam 6.7 10. Mario Götze 7.5 | 30. Tamás Hajnal 6.7 7. Viktor Fischer 6.6³| 19. Vierinha 6.5³ 9. Robert Lewandowski 7.0 | 18. Cacau [Y] 6.7 ------------------------------- ------------------------------ 20. Mitchell Langerak . | 33. André Weis . 3. Marcel Schmelzer [Y] 7.0¹| 3. Maza . 16. Lasse Sobiech . | 6. Georg Niedermeier 6.9³ 22. Julian Koch . | 7. Martin Harnik 6.7¹ 23. Julian Schieber 7.0³| 13. Patrick Ochs . 24. Ivan Perisic 7.0²| 15. Arthur Boka . 28. Kostas Katsouranis . | 20. Christian Gentner 6.7²
Live match report by @realtimeFM:
“Sorry Dortmund and Stuttgart fans, I just can’t separate these two sides. This goes down as a draw in my book.” – Danny Shelly, World Soccer.
 Dortmund get the game underway through star players Lewandowski and Götze. BVB in yellow and black shooting left to right. Stuttgart in all white.
 Götze receives the ball on the edge of the box from Gündogan and tries a chip over the oncoming Sven Ulreich but the keeper holds well.
 BVB work the ball from Gündogan to Götze to Lewandowski, who tries to play in Fischer at close range but Jung hacks it away.
 BVB appeals waved away twice: Großkreutz in the box, then Fischer just outside. Predictably, Stuttgart break and Bender is penalised for a soft foul.
 Suttgart have BVB pegged back down the left. After a couple of throws by the corner flag, Kvist tries to lob Weidenfeller but it’s over the top.
 Stuttgart have the first corner. Sam looking dangerous on their right flank, but Taiwo shepherds the ball wide. BVB easily clear away.
 Dortmund have given the ball away sloppily three times in the last three minutes. Bender and Beck both getting them out of trouble.
 Surman not happy about some of the challenges flying in from the visitors today, Sebastian Jung isn’t taking any prisoners out there.
 Corner Stuttgart. Taiwo challenges Sam, headed away though, but VfB pick it up and push again. Ends up in a goal kick after Sam overhits a ball forwards.
 Cacau berating referee Felix Brych following the corner. The Stuttgart forward ended up on the deck after Sven Bender won a header. Nothing given, but the visitor is furious.
 Things just starting to gel a bit better for Dortmund. Götze getting into space to work the ball across the box, Molinara clears twice.
 BVB’s first corner now, Fischer pulls to the left to take on Jung but the defender deflects his cross wide.
 Santana heads Götze’s corner goalwards but Jung is able to clear it off the line.
 Cacau is cautioned after he clatters Sven Bender on the edge of the Dortmund box.
 Elsewhere, Renato Augusto has put Leverkusen 1-0 up at Fürth, which would put them top, and Schalke lead 1-0 in Köln.
 Both sides have had a corner apiece in the last couple of minutes, both cleared but counter-attacks stifled around the half-way line.
 Kevin Großkreutz traps a 70-yard ball from Weidenfeller, plays a one-two with Gündogan and wins a free kick 25 yards out. Brilliant skill.
 Mario Götze curls the free-kick over the wall but it’s comfortable for Ulreich in the Stuttgart goal to claim.
 Zdravko Kuzmanovic booked for a foul on Bender. BVB push the free-kick long, headed behind for their third corner (to Stuttgart’s 4).
 Stuttgart make a hash clearing, ball gets played into the six yard box, teed up for Lewandowski who blasts high and wide from 8 yards.
 Going into half-time, both Leverkusen and Schalke have doubled their leads in their respective game this afternoon.
 Molinaro once again is the key man for Stuttgart, making a great challenge to stop Fischer going clear. One minute to be added on.
 Ulreich is a split-second ahead of Lewandowski as the striker chases a punt over the top. Fantastic, brave goalkeeping.
[HT] HALF TIME: Borussia Dortmund 0-0 VfB Stuttgart (Bundesliga)
[HT] SCORES: Dor 0-0 Stu, Fur 0-2 Lev, Glad 0-0 Nurn, Köln 0-2 Sch, WB 0-0 Han. Simons missing a 1st half stoppage time penalty for Nünberg.
 No changes for either side and we’re back underway at Signal Iduna Park. Attendance today announced as 80,150.
 Beck keeps the ball in on the right and hoofs it first-time towards the goal. Lewandowski inches away from a goal, unbelievably onside.
 Van Buyten and Ulreich don’t communicate and the ball rolls out for another BVB corner. SUB: Schieber replaces Fischer (6.6, BVB).
 Superb BVB counter. Bender with a strong challenge on Cacau, ball gets to Lewandowski, nudged wide to Großkreutz who fires it a foot wide.
 Leverkusen now 3-0 up at Fürth, while Werder Bremen have opened the scoring at home to bottom side Hannover.
 All three subs used by BVB now: Marcel Schmelzer and Ivan Perisic replace Taye Taiwo (6.8) and Kevin Großkreutz (6.8).
 Double sub for Stuttgart too: Christian Gentner and Martin Harnik are replacing Cacau (6.7) and Sidney Sam (6.7).
 Hannover have equalised at Bremen. That was top hosting bottom at start of play. It’s 1-1 with half an hour to play.
 Perisic and Beck causing all kinda of problems over on the right. Schieber has also done well after coming on, holds ball up nicely.
 Harmic nearly played in over the top by Kuzmanovic, but Beck manages to get a toe to the ball to allow Weidenfeller to clear.
 Schäfer has put through his own net to give Münchengladbach the lead at home to Nürnberg. BVB have a corner here, leading the count 7-6.
 1-0 DORTMUND. There’s the opener! Götze floats the corner to the near post where FELIPE SANTANA powers a header past Sven Ulreich.
GOAL! Borussia Dortmund 1-0 VfB Stuttgart (Felipe Santana 69′)
 Third change for Stuttgart: Georg Niedermeier replaces Vieirinha (6.5).
 Nearly two in two minutes for Dortmund. Perisic drifts the ball to the back post where Mario Götze smacks the ball straight at the GK.
 Gündogan does well to win the ball back. Schieber plays it to Lewandowski who curls a shot from 22 yards past Ulreich but an inch over.
 Julian Draxler has out Schalke 3-0 up at Köln, while a second own-goal has doubled Gladbach’s lead over Nürnberg. Tim Klose this time.
 Big let off for BVB. Bender loses it in the centre circle, Stuttgart just lump it forwards for Hajnal to run on to. He fires just wide.
 Yellow card for Sven Bender for a push which breaks up a Stuttgart attack. Martin Harnik heads a cross inches over the bar afterwards.
 Andreas Beck gets onto a great chipped through-ball from Ivan Perisic, but his first touch allows the ‘keeper to smother.
 Van Buyten is denied four yards out by Weidenfeller. The VfB skipper has gone upfront as they try to snatch a draw. RW with smart save.
 Marcel Schmelzer clatters Jung as he goes past him on the right wing. Takes the yellow for the team there. BVB holding on here.
 Jung gives away a silly foul which lets BVB get the ball into the box. Headed behind for a Dortmund corner. What price a second goal?
 Big scramble as Beck knocks the corner back toward goal, Niedermeier the man who hoofs the ball clear.
 Julian Schieber thinks he’s wrapped it up for Dortmund, slotting home Beck’s through ball but he was a yard or two offside.
 Roman Weidenfeller is taking an age over a BVB goal kick here. Three added minutes will be played. VfB giving away stupid fouls though.
 Schmelzer doesn’t clear properly and Martin Harmik bursts down the right, but his cross is to no one and Weidenfeller claims.
 Two stoppage time goals: Nürnberg pulled one back at Gladbach, Köln have a consolation at home to Schalke.
 Another free-kick conceded in their defensive third by Stuttgart. Ball into the box and a big shout as Lewandowski goes down.
 Looked like it might go for a corner but the final whistle blows as Schmelzer tries to get a cross in.
[FT] FULLTIME: Borussia Dortmund 1-0 VfB Stuttgart (Bundesliga)
[FT] SCORES: Dort 1-1 Stut, Furth 0-3 Lever, Glad 3-1 Nürn, Köln 1-3 Sch, WB 1-1 Han.