Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland scored once in every half to lead his side to a 3-0 win over bottom club Greuther Fuerth on Wednesday and close the gap to leaders Bayern Munich to six points.
The Norwegian opened his account in the 33rd minute, then scored his 53rd league goal in 53 Bundesliga appearances in the 82nd with a powerful header. Dutchman Donyell Malen added a third goal with a smart finish at the far post in the 89th for his fifth goal in six games in all competitions.
Dortmund are in second place with 34 points, with Bayern leading the way with 40 after their 5-0 demolition from VfB Stuttgart on Tuesday. “The performance was a lot of hard work. We had chances but we were a bit sloppy, not cool enough,” said Dortmund coach Marco Rose after his side’s first win in the last three matches. championship.
“We made too many mistakes, had good phases and had some good chances as well. But overall it wasn’t the performance we wanted. Everyone felt it.” “It was not a good game for us and the expectations are high. But I hope the result will be some consolation,” said Rose.
Fuerth, who scored his first win of the season last week, held the hosts at bay for around 25 minutes before a stunning, blind pass from Haaland found Thorgan Hazard whose one-touch hit came in but was declared offside. Haaland scored a little later with his penalty well-hit from a hand ball and could have added another goal a few minutes later, but couldn’t lead the ball into the net eight yards away. Fuerth nearly scored with a punch in the 38th, but Cedric Itten’s shot went right past.
Haaland secured the three points, scoring a header on a Julian Brand free kick eight minutes to go for his 13th league goal of the campaign before Malen’s goal in the last minute.
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