Victory with Haaland double pack! BVB destroys Freiburg in top game
By Florian Mentele
Dortmund – demonstration of power Borussia Dortmund! The hosts clearly prevailed in the top duel against SC Freiburg 5:1 (3:0).
The black and yellow goals in front of 750 spectators in Signal Iduna Park were scored by Thomas Meunier (14th minute/ 29th), Erling Haaland (45th + 1/ 75th) and Mahmoud Dahoud (86th). Ermedin Demirovic scored for the guests (61st).
BVB coach Marco Rose relied on the same team as in the late 3-2 win against Eintracht Frankfurt, but Manuel Akanji was back on the bench after surviving knee surgery.
Christian Streich, on the other hand, had to make a substitution after the 2-2 draw between Breisgau and Arminia Bielefeld due to illness: Manuel Gulde started in central defense for Keven Schlotterbeck (stomach flu).
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The top game started intensely. The guests presented themselves as compact and poisonous in the duels, while Borussia controlled the ball. However, a set piece threw the Freiburg plan upside down early on.
Julian Brandt took the corner sharply into the penalty area from the left, Meunier ran in resolutely, beat Lucas Höler in an aerial duel and headed the ball over keeper Benjamin Uphoff from around five meters to give the home side a 1-0 lead stitches (14th).
Borussia Dortmund’s starting eleven for the Bundesliga home game against SC Freiburg
Initial formation from SC Freiburg at Borussia Dortmund
Thomas Meunier jumps to a brace, Erling Haaland extends the lead
Inspired by the first goal, the hosts then seized control of the match and constricted the SC in their own half. After almost half an hour and another corner, that was already rewarded.
Again it was Brandt who this time crossed the ball from the right into the penalty area. Meunier’s head was waiting there again and placed the ball next to the left post from around ten meters and was untenable for Uphoff. The well-deserved 2-0 lead for BVB (29th)!
The string eleven couldn’t find their way back into the match after falling behind and tried to limit the damage in the first round, but that didn’t work either. Haaland went one better with the half-time whistle and scored to make it 3-0.
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Mahmoud Dahoud conquered the game device in midfield and found Jude Bellingham. The youngster increased the pace and took the Norwegian clipper with him in a half-right position, who fueled up in the penalty area and flicked the ball into the far corner from around eight meters with his left foot (45+1).
Then referee Florian Badstübner redeemed the guests and sent both teams to the tea break.
Ermedin Demirovic shortened for SC Freiburg, Erling Haaland and Mahmoud Dahoud increased for BVB
Apparently, SCF trainer Streich got loud in the dressing room, because the Breisgau team started the second half with much more commitment and didn’t give up, but substitute Demirovic missed the early connection in front of Gregor Kobel (50′).
Ten minutes later, the 23-year-old attacker did better. After a shot by Roland Sallai, which the BVB goalkeeper rebounded in the middle, Demirovic was on the spot and easily pushed in from six meters to make it 1: 3 (61st).
But hope only lived for a quarter of an hour, then Haaland finally put the lid on it. Again, Dahoud captured the ball in the center and used the “Breaker with the Babyface” in the left of the penalty area. The goal-getter didn’t need to be asked twice and nailed the ball low past Uphoff from twelve yards out to make it 4-1 (75′).
A further ten pointer turns later, Dahoud was allowed to celebrate himself. After a pass from Nico Schulz, the clearer had too much space and smashed the ball into the net from the edge of the sixteen (86′). In the end it remained a surprisingly clear 5:1 for the home side.
BVB travels to Hamburg on Tuesday (8.45 p.m.). DFB-Pokal– Round of 16 against FC St. Pauli. Freiburg are also still represented in the competition and will meet on Wednesday (8:45 p.m.) TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.
Title photo: David Inderlied / dpa