Moritz Leitner hit a superb 6-minute hat-trick during the first half as Borussia Dortmund II cruised to a 3-1 win over VfB Stuttgart’s reserve side. In a side also featuring Julian Schieber, Kostas Katsouranis and Mitchell Langerak, the match broke free from being a dull 0-0 affair on 35 minutes when Leitner slammed home from 15 yards after Schieber curled a 20-yard free kick against the bar.
His second (below) followed just three minutes later when Katsouranis got free on the left and sent a beautifully-weighted cross to Leitner at the far post to tap home. His hat-trick was sealed on 41 minutes when he raced onto a through-ball from Schieber and slotted past the oncoming ‘keeper.
Stuttgart scored a consolation on 71 minutes when a long throw into the BVB box was headed away by a diving Julian Koch, but the ball landed at the feet of Thomas Mayer who curled the ball past Langerak from 15 yards out.
BVB’s second-string side have now won six matches in a row, and Leitner and Katsouranis will now provide first-team manager Gray Surman with some interesting line-up headaches ahead of the Champions League match against Olympiakos in midweek.