Borussia Dortmund stormed past Stuttgart 5-0 with two goals from Jude Bellingham and a strike from United States star Giovanni Reyna on his first appearance of the season on Saturday to notch their first win in four league games and climb to fourth place in the Bundesliga.
The hosts, who lost to leaders Union Berlin last week, needed just two minutes to open their account with Bellingham slotting in from a Niklas Sule pass for his first league goal of the season.
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Sule was then left with too much space in the box, allowing him to volley in a cross in the 13th minute, before Reyna, making his first start of the season after a string of injuries, threaded in their third goal in the 44th.
After the break Dortmund picked up where they had left off and England international Bellingham got his second goal of the afternoon, curling a superb effort past keeper Florian Muller.
Another quick passing combination sliced open the Stuttgart defence, allowing Youssoufa Moukoko to tap in a Raphael Guerreiro cut-back.
Dortmund are now on 19 points in fourth place, three off second-placed Bayern Munich, 2-0 winners at Hoffenheim, and four behind leaders Union Berlin, who will be in action at Bochum on Sunday.
« It was a deserved win today. We wanted to play with a lot of confidence and wanted to win it and we did it really well, » Dortmund coach Edin Terzic said. « We hope to fill up on self-confidence.
« The early goal made it a lot easier. But we stuck with it and it was not just one solo goal but we combined as a team, won possession as a team and that is how we scored our goals. »
« We know we have to keep working and not praise the team too much and on Tuesday we have to show an even better performance. »
Despite the defeat Stuttgart coach Wimmer will stay on at least until the end of the year, the club said after the game.