Erling Haaland on the Mark as Borussia Dortmund Bounce Back vs Hoffenheim


Erling Haaland kept Borussia Dortmund on their way to keep their side’s Bundesliga title hopes alive in a 3-2 win over Hoffenheim on Saturday. Despite being outplayed for the most part of the game, Marco Rose’s team bounced back from a shocking defeat in the Cup in midweek, thrashing their way to a victory that saw them within three points of league leaders Bayern Munich. Takes overnight. Dortmund defender Manuel Akanji told Sky: “We discussed that when things are not going so well we need to play more as a team, and today was a good move in that regard.”

Dortmund got off to a great start, carving through the Hoffenheim defense in six minutes with a superb string of passes to provide Haaland a tap-in for the opener.

Hoffenheim then missed several good chances before Lady Kramarik equalized with a smart volley at the stroke of half-time.

Marco Reus restored the lead on a counter-attack before his own goal from David Raum to seal three points for Dortmund.

Hoffenheim pulled a goal back through late Georginio Rutter, and Dortmund were saved by the skin of their teeth when Sebastian Rudy missed a good chance to equalize in the 89th minute.

Dortmund are eight points ahead of Bayer Leverkusen, who registered a 5-1 win over Augsburg thanks to a Moussa Diaby hat-trick.

Karim Bellarabi and Diaby gave Leverkusen a comfortable 2-0 lead over the lame Augsburg side before Arne Meier pulled a goal back for the guests at the hour mark.

Diaby was irresistible, however, adding a third for Leverkusen minutes later before tearing through Augsburg on a counter-attack to complete his hat-trick.

Substitute Lucas Alario added a fifth with a clever backheel ten minutes ahead of time.

– Union heap pressure on Gladbach –
Union Berlin broke into the top four as they beat Borussia Moenchengladbach 2–1, further inflicting further misery on under-fire coach Adi Heuter.

Gladbach needed a result, winning just one of their last eight in the league and going down to an unexpected cup loss to Hanover in midweek.

“We didn’t deserve to lose based on our performance today,” Huter said, and insisted he could still turn things around at Gladbach.

A slow start from Hütter’s side, and Max Krause gave Union the lead from the penalty spot after a Dennis Zakaria handball.

The hosts showed signs of life just before half-time, with Manu Kon equalizing after a brilliant counter-attack.

Gladbach himself had a chance to take the lead in the second half, but were in for a surprise when Kroos blasted home in a second to give Union a smash-and-grab victory.

The victory moves the high-flying Union into a Champions League spot, but they remain only one point ahead of Freiburg, who beat neighboring Stuttgart 2–0.

Stuttgart had decided on a penalty in his favor, which was reversed by a VAR from a long-range effort from Lukas Höffler, just minutes before Freiburg headed for it.

Kevin Schade added another in the second half to send struggling Stuttgart into the bottom two.

Meanwhile, bottom club Grüther Fuerth struggled with a rare 2-1 win over Mainz.

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Jeremy Dudziak scored an opening opener, before scoring his own goal in the second half from Stephen Bell to give Fürth only his second win of the season.

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