Borussia Dortmund reduced the gap against Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich to three points on Friday, as Erling Haaland scored two goals to push him to a 5-1 victory over Freiburg.
Belgium international right-back Thomas Meunier sent Dortmund on his way with two goals from two corners in the first half hour as Freiburg’s well-organised defense looked lost at a stadium where the team last won 21 years ago.
Haaland made it 3-0 in extra time at the end of the first half when Judd Bellingham Lucas Hoehler grabbed the ball deep into the Freiburg half and sent him off before the striker played behind the defense for a simple finish.
The goal ended a game of two matches without a goal for the Norway international.
Freiburg showed signs of life midway through the second half when Ermdin Demirovic reacted quickly to collect the ball into a rebound, but Haaland added his second in the match and his 15th in 13 league games to eliminate any hope of a comeback.
This goal was made by Mahmoud Daoud, who immediately added the fifth with a curling shot into the upper right corner to seal a sure win.
“The first half was really strong throughout the match,” Dortmund coach Marco Rose said, but criticized the team for giving Freiburg chances in the second half.
The heavy defeat is a blow to Freiburg’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League for the first time.
They entered the game fourth in the table with just 18 goals, the best joint defensive record in the league alongside Bayern, but it was a disappointing night for Christian Streiss’ side.
Bayern Munich can regain its six-point lead by beating Cologne on Saturday.