Mats Hummels hit a remarkable quadruple as BVB extended their winning run in 1.Bundesliga to four matches, blowing away the dust after midweek Champions League defeat at Liège with a 5-0 victory over a Stuttgart side who started the day in second.
Gray Surman made six changes from Wednesday, giving Heinz Lindner his third start of the season in goal, and a second start to Julian Koch at right-back. André Schürrle, Mario Götze and Sven Bender all came back into the starting XI in the midfield, lining-up in the familiar 4-2-3-1 formation after recent experimenting with two strikers.
After Lindner made a great save inside thirty seconds of kick-off, Dortmund went straight up the other end and won a corner that skipper Mats Hummels headed home with just 73 seconds on the clock.
Reus and Koch both hit the woodwork before Sven Bender had a shot from outside the box deflected into the path of Marco Reus who slammed it past Ulreich to double the lead after some sustained pressure from the hosts.
Stuttgart were reduced to ten men ten minutes after the interval as Arthur Boka flew into a two-footed challenge on Reus and was shown a straight red by the referee. Praet, on for Götze at half-time, fed the following free-kick to Schürrle who picked out Hummels with a cross to make it 3-0.
Inside the final five minutes and Schürrle was felled in the box, with Hummels stepping-up to convert and seal a hat-trick in front of the Yellow Wall, and he added another two minutes later from another corner when Ulreich palmed Schürrle’s effort straight to him.
The convincing win puts BVB third, level on points with Hamburg and Schalke.
Welcome to Signal Iduna Park! Home side have made five changes from their disappointing defeat in Belgium in midweek. Lindner is back in goal, Koch replaces Beck at right-back, while Sven Bender, Götze and Schürrle are in the midfield.
Hermann Bach from Fußball Daily is here: “I can see Dortmund edging this game. It’ll be tough and Stuttgart won’t roll over but the hosts get my vote.”
Results from the three earlier games in Bundesliga today: Hamburg have beaten Hannover 4-1 at home to go top, with Artjoms Rudnevs scoring his second hat-trick in three matches. Wolfsburg have won through a solitary Giovanni Sio goal at Hoffenheim, and Hertha Berlin have beaten Freiburg 2-0 at home thanks to a Pierre Lasogga brace.
 The visitors kick-off in front of a packed crowd, on a gusty afternoon here in Dortmund.
 Chance inside thirty seconds as Harnik tests Lindner from 25 yards, with the Austrian ‘keeper making a fine save to push it away. Dortmund immediately get the ball forward up their right-hand side, and Jovetic wins a corner off Rogne.
 Dortmund 1-0 Stuttgart: There’s just 73 seconds on the clock as Mario Götze lifts the corner into the six-yard box for Mats Hummels to get up highest and nod past Sven Ulreich.
 Dortmund can go top with a win, though they would need a six-goal victory. They’ll be third tonight as things stand, level on points with Hamburg and Schalke (who’ll play a game more tomorrow).
 Handball shout for Dortmund as Sven Bender’s header in the box looks to strike Serdar Tasci on the arm. Nothing given though. Ball ricochets around in the penalty area before being cleared.
 Thomas Rogne brings down Jovetic in full-flight and is cautioned. Free-kick is about 25 yards out, to the right of the penalty arc.
 Woodwork! Marco Reus bends it round the wall and it comes back off the post. In the scramble, Götze is penalised for a push on Rogne and Stuttgart escape.
 Julian Koch heads straight at Ulreich from six yards out from a Reus free-kick near the corner flag. Looked suspiciously offside, but no flag came. Wasted opportunity.
 Heavy pressure from the hosts who are pushing for a second early on. Jopvetic and Reus look to create shooting chances, but it’s not quite on. Pranjic clatters Lars Bender and concedes another free-kick, but Reus’s effort is saved by Ulreich.
 Woodwork! Julian Koch spots Ulrich off his line and tries an audacious chip from 30 yards, but he hits the bar.
 Koch gets away from his man down the right again and whips a cross deep, but André Schürrle is inches away from connecting at the far post.
 Dortmund 2-0 Stuttgart: It’s certainly been coming, and the hosts double the lead through Marco Reus. Schmelzer picks it up on the left, leaves Audel for dead and puts the ball into the box. Jovetic controls, lays back to Sven Bender who has his shot deflected to Reus who smashes it home from 12 yards out.
 Daniel Pranjic is cautioned after he barges Götze off the ball as Dortmund come forward with another breakaway. Schürrle is on the end of the free-kick but he fires a half-volley wide from 15 yards out. Flag’s up though to spare his blushes.
 Not sure the ball’s been in the Stuttgart final third since the goal. Dortmund looking lively down both flanks, the visitors haven’t got to grips with Schmelzer and Koch yet. The latter wins a corner off Boka. Hummels penalised, free-kick to Stuttgart.
 Rogne makes a great challenge to halt Jovetic who is put clean-through after a poor touch from Gentner. Brave tackle from a player already on a yellow. Reus keeps the ball moving though and Ulreich is at full-stretch to tip away a drive from outside the box that was heading for the top corner.
 Home fans cheering every pass. This is great stuff to watch.
 Martin Harnik has a pop from fully 30 yards but it sails over the top.
 Dortmund work the ball right across the face of goal, from Schmelzer to Götze to Jovetic to Reus who smashes a shot into the side netting from 15 yards out. Half the ground leap to celebrate as the net ripples, but the flag is up.
 William Kvist is everywhere for the visitors at the moment, and he has to be as Dortmund attack in numbers. Patrick Ochs has pulled up, and is receiving treatment. Stuttgart down to ten temporarily.
 Stuttgat will have to defend a corner a man light. Rogne deflects a Jovetic effort, and Schürrle lets it drop wide. Götze’s delivery is wild though, and the visitors clear without a problem. Ochs is back with us now.
 First save for Heinz Lindner to make since the opening thirty seconds. Johan Audel doesn’ have any options ahead of him so he goes for a 25-yarder, but the Austrian ‘keeper is behind it all the way.
HALF-TIME: Borussia Dortmund 2-0 VfB Stuttgart (Bundesliga).
[HT] Attendance has been announced as 79,972. Just shy of a full-house. We’ve had three changes at the break. Dennis Praet is on for Götze (7.1) for the hosts, while Stuttgart are bringing on Rani Khedira and Daniel Didavi for Getner (5.8) and Pranjic (6.5).
 Off we go again!
 Johan Audel flicks a header towards goal from Boka’s cross, but Lindner has a simple save to make.
 Boka robs Reus in the box as Dortmund catch Stuttgart on a counter. Tasci is earning his keep by winning everything in the air.
 Artur Boka has flown two-footed into a challenge on Marco Reus right in front of the assistant and could be in trouble here. Florian Meyer calls him over and shows him a straight red. Free-kick two yards outside the box on the right.
 Dortmund 3-0 Stuttgart: Instant double dose of punishment as the hosts score from the free-kick. Praet rolls it short to Schürrle who clips it in for Mats Hummels to nod home from inside the six-yard box.
 Stuttgart look a shambles. They give the ball away right at the restart. Jovetic gets to the goal line and pulls it back for Praet, but Ulreich just gets a hand on it to deny the Belgian.
 Johan Audel fires high and wide for Stuttgart, with Kuzmanovic repeating that moments later.
 Change for Dortmund as Andreas Beck comes on for Koch (7.1). He’s had a great game at right-back for the hosts, but he’s taken a slight knock. Stuttgart are also making a change, their third. On comes Antonio Rüdiger for Ochs (6.6).
 Dennis Praet has a free-kick from 20 yards out deflect off the wall for a corner, after William Kvist brought him down. It eventually falls to Sven Bender who drills a shot wide from outside the box.
 Harnik fires wide from outside the box.
 William Kvist is the fourth visiting player in Florian Meyer’s book after he trips Schmelzer on the wing.
 Julian Schieber replaces Jovetic (7.1) for Dortmund.
 Woodwork! Dortmund hit the woodwork twice in as many seconds as Dennis Praet’s 25-yard free-kick comes back off the bar straight to Marco Reus whose thunderous drive smashes against the far post. Sven Ulreich absolutely rooted to the spot for both. Fourth time the hosts have struck the frame of the goal tonight.
 Corner. Dortmund dominant. Harnik scrambles it away for Stuttgart. As things stand, Dortmund will go third in a three-way tie at the top. Stuttgart slip to fifth below Wolfsburg on goal difference.
 Schürrle drills in a low ball across the six-yard box, but Reus can’t convert at the far post.
 Penalty! André Schürrle is tripped by Antonio Rüdiger as he cuts inside the box near the goal line. Easy decision for Florian Meyer to make.
 Dortmund 4-0 Stuttgart: Up steps BVB captain Mats Hummels who puts it low to Ulrich’s left, just out of the ‘keeper’s reach, and he celebrates his hat-trick in front of the yellow wall.
 Dortmund 5-0 Stuttgart: Unbelievable stuff! Praet wins a corner, which he takes himself. Kvist doesn’t get enough on a clearing header, Schürrle fires a shot back in that Ulreich pushes straight into the path of Mats Hummels who taps home his fourth goal of the game.
 Not that we’re greedy after such a glut of goals, but a sixth would put the champions top tonight. Surman will want a clean sheet more than anything though.
 We’ll have an additional two minutes.
[90+1] Stuttgart have their first corner of the game as Beck over-hits a backpass to Lindner that he can’t prevent going out. Reus clears and Dortmund go forwards with it but it’s all over! What a fantastic performance from the hosts.
FULL-TIME: Borussia Dortmund 5-0 VfB Stuttgart (Bundesliga). [PKM]
Incredible performance from the champions as they bounce-back from Wednesday night’s disappointing in display, piling on the pressure on the top two as they stretch their record in the league to four straight wins.
Mats Hummels put in the perfect captain’s performance, and with Surman going back to the 4-2-3-1 system they used a lot last season, Stuttgart had no answer for them.
Into an international break now, with every player involved today away with their country. Surman will take charge of Austria in three UEFA U19 Qualifiers, but Dortmund reconvene and are back in action in a fortnight with a trip to Wolfsburg.
- 18.10: Bundesliga VfL Wolfsburg v. Borussia Dortmund (Volkswagen Arena)
- 21.10: UEFA Champions League Legia Warsaw v. Dortmund (Pepsi Arena)
- 26.10: Bundesliga Borussia Dortmund v. Schalke (Signal Iduna Park)
- 29.10: Bundesliga Hamburger SV v. Borussia Dortmund (Imtech Arena)