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Football: Haaland inspires Dortmund to thrilling win over Leverkusen

Haaland inspires Dortmund to thrilling win over Leverkusen

Soccer Football - Bundesliga - Bayer Leverkusen v Borussia Dortmund - BayArena, Leverkusen, Germany - September 11, 2021 Borussia Dortmund's Erling Haaland celebrates scoring their fourth goal REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen

LEVERKUSEN, Germany :Erling Haaland scored two goals and made another as Borussia Dortmund repeatedly came from behind before beating Bayer Leverkusen 4-3 and Bayern Munich thumped RB Leipzig 4-1 in a pair of highly-entertaining Bundesliga games on Saturday.

Florian Wirtz opened the scoring for Leverkusen against Dortmund, toe-poking a goal in the ninth minute. However, striker Haaland equalised with a towering header in the 37th before Jude Bellingham had a second for Dortmund ruled out due to a foul in the build-up.

Patrik Schick scored in first-half stoppage time to put Leverkusen 2-1 up and there was to be no let-up after the break.

Julian Brandt levelled again in the 49th minute, deftly controlling Haaland's pass with his heel before rifling the ball into the roof of the net, but within six minutes Leverkusen were ahead again through Moussa Diaby's strike from the edge of the area.

Again Dortmund equalised, this time through a superb Raphael Guerreiro free kick, and they went into a 4-3 lead from the penalty spot in the 77th minute when Haaland fired home after Marco Reus was struck in the face by the arm of Odilon Kossounou.

In the late game, teenage attacking midfielder Jamal Musiala came off the bench to score one goal and make another as Bayern Munich out-classed RB Leipzig, with Robert Lewandowski, Leroy Sane and Maxim Choupo-Moting also getting on the scoresheet.

Earlier in the afternoon VfL Wolfsburg made it four wins out of four with a comfortable 2-0 victory over struggling Greuther Furth, while FC Cologne managed to hang on for a 1-1 draw at Freiburg despite losing Florian Kainz to a second yellow card in the 74th minute.

Mainz scored a goal in each half as they beat Hoffenheim 2-0 while Union Berlin were held to a scoreless draw at home to Augsburg.

Wolfsburg have a maximum 12 points after four games, with Bayern Munich second on 10 points and Dortmund third, a point further back.

Hertha Berlin will go in search of their first points of the season when they travel to Bochum on Sunday, while fellow strugglers Eintracht Frankfurt and Borussia Moenchengladbach host VfB Stuttgart and Arminia Bielefeld respectively.

(Reporting by Philip O'Connor, editing by Ed Osmond)

Source: Reuters


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