Dortmund crush Stuttgart 6-1 with Lewandowski hat-trick

Fri Nov 1, 2013 6:43pm EDT
 
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By Karolos Grohmann

BERLIN (Reuters) - Striker Robert Lewandowski scored a second-half hat-trick as Borussia Dortmund reclaimed top spot in the Bundesliga with an awe-inspiring 6-1 demolition of VfB Stuttgart on Friday.

The Poland forward, who is now the league's top scorer with nine, netted three times in 18 minutes to help lift Dortmund to 28 points, two ahead of Bayern Munich who play on Saturday.

Stuttgart, who suffered their first defeat in eight league games under coach Thomas Schneider, took an unexpected early lead when Karim Haggui headed in Alexandru Maxim's corner but their joy was short lived.

Dortmund, who host Arsenal in the Champions League next week, reacted almost instantly, scoring twice in three minutes to go in front as they left the Stuttgart defense in tatters with their pace.

Defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos leveled with a well-taken header in the 19th minute before Marco Reus slotted in his sixth league goal after a solo run.

"We could have been up 2-0 before we let in the goal," Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp, who on Wednesday extended his deal with the club to 2018, told reporters.

"We started really well and we fought for every ball. Then we got the equalizer and it all started to roll for us. We had some brief concentration lapses but we quickly turned it around."

LEWANDOWSKI TREBLE   Continued...

 
Stuttgart's Martin Harnik reacts after the German first division Bundesliga soccer match against Borussia Dortmund in Dortmund November 1, 2013. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender