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Signal Iduna Park (ATT 80,645) 3rd November 2012 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: F Zwayer

B Dortmund Borussia Dortmund vs Stuttgart Stuttgart

Dortmund held by Stuttgart

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Robert Lewandowski rues a missed chance

Robert Lewandowski rues a missed chance

Borussia Dortmund were held to a draw for the second time in succession by Stuttgart, only this time there were no goals at the Westfalenstadion.

The last meeting of these two teams towards the end of last season went down in history as one of the most dramatic games on record with eight goals shared, but there was not to be a repeat today.

Robert Lewandowski hit the woodwork for Dortmund and Stuttgart goalkeeper Sven Ulreich made a string of saves, but there were also chances for the visitors in an entertaining goalless draw.

An early shot from Stuttgart showed that Bruno Labbadia's side were not going to hide this time either.

Dortmund then had the better chances. Mats Hummels set up Marcel Schmelzer with the Dortmund full-back taking the ball down on his chest and then shooting wide of the post.

Hummels then went close to scoring himself from a corner. His first header was kept out by a fine reflex save from Ulreich, who gave the Dortmund defender another bite of the cherry, but this time Arthur Boka was on the line to clear.

Dortmund lost their captain Sebastian Kehl to a facial injury after a clash with Raphael Holzhauser, which was fiercely condemned by coach Jurgen Klopp.

At the other end, Stuttgart's best chance came at the end of the first half when Ibrahim Traore's low cross was parried out by Weidenfeller to the feet of Vedad Ibisevic, who could not react quickly enough and guided the ball wide.

Julian Stieber came on for Kevin Grosskreutz for the second half and the former Stuttgart striker almost scored immediately, but he was denied by Ulreich after being put through by Marco Reus.

Ibisevic then caught the Dortmund defence napping, but Weidenfeller was alert to deny the Bosnian as Stuttgart started to probe with counter-attacks.

Lewandowski hit the crossbar with Ulreich beaten, but there was no way through for Klopp's side, who trail Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich by eight points.


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1 Bayern Munich 30 78
2 Borussia Dortmund 30 61
3 Schalke 30 58
4 Bayer Leverkusen 30 51
5 Wolfsburg 30 50
6 Borussia Monchengladbach 30 49
7 Mainz 30 47
8 FC Augsburg 30 42
9 Hoffenheim 30 40
10 Hertha Berlin 30 37
11 Eintracht Frankfurt 30 35
12 Werder Bremen 30 33
13 Hannover 96 30 32
14 SC Freiburg 30 32
15 Stuttgart 30 28
16 Hamburg 30 27
17 FC Nurnberg 30 26
18 Eintracht Braunschweig 30 25