Dortmund downs Stuttgart as Lewandowski nets hat trick

Updated: November 1, 2013

Dortmund, Germany ( – Robert Lewandowski’s second-half hat
trick propelled Borussia Dortmund to a 6-1 thumping of Stuttgart on Friday,
moving the club two points clear at the top of the Bundesliga table.

Stuttgart snatched the lead 13 minutes into the contest when Karim Haggui
nodded home a corner kick from Alexandru Maxim, only for Dortmund to answer
six minutes later through Sokratis Papastathopoulos, who got forward to score
on a header of his own.

Marco Reus fired Dortmund into the lead in the 22nd minute after he took a
pass from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and shot across the face of goal and into the
lower corner of the net.

Lewandowski took over in the second half and scored his hat trick in the span
of 18 minutes, with Reus setting up the first goal before Mkhitaryan’s through
ball allowed the forward to score again two minutes later.

The Poland international completed his hat trick in the 72nd minute and
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang capped the scoring with his seventh goal of the
campaign in the 81st.

Bayern Munich has won five of its last six games and attempts to continue its
strong start at Hoffenheim, which is coming off of a 4-1 triumph at Hannover
last weekend.

Bayer Leverkusen is only one point back of Bayern and the club has collected
16 of a possible 18 points since its lone defeat of the campaign. Saturday’s
opponent, Braunschweig, sits on the bottom of the league with four points from
10 games.

Monchengladbach is fourth but is nine points back of the top three sides and
the team will try to close that gap with a win at Hamburg, which is unbeaten
in its last four matches.

Schalke and Hertha Berlin meet up at the Olympiastadion with both sides
residing in the top half of the league, Freiburg and Nurnberg are the only two
teams without a win in the Bundesliga and they will square off at EasyCredit-
Stadion, Eintracht takes on Wolfsburg, Augsburg tangles with Mainz and Werder
Bremen hosts Hannover with the visitors attempting to snap a four-match
winless streak.