Borussia Dortmund crushed 10-man Freiburg 5-1 within the Bundesliga on Saturday, with ahead Sebastien Haller on course for the primary time since his return from most cancers remedy, serving to raise his aspect into third spot.
The Ruhr valley membership, who face Chelsea within the Champions League Round of 16 on Feb. 15, was in very good kind as they made it 4 wins out of 4 league video games for the reason that restart and transfer as much as 37 factors, as many as champions Bayern Munich, in second, who’re in motion at VfL Wolfsburg on Sunday.
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Union Berlin are high on 39 following their win over Mainz.
“We did it really well, defended well and allowed no single corner for Freiburg in the entire game,” mentioned Dortmund coach Edin Terzic.
“We also scored five goals which made us happy but we know we have to do it again next week.”
Freiburg, who dropped to sixth place on 34 factors, slipped up in the beginning with Kiliann Sildillia booked twice in three minutes to cut back his crew to 10 males within the seventeenth minute.
It didn’t take lengthy for Dortmund to make their benefit rely and former Freiburg defender Nico Schlotterbeck rifled in for the lead from the tightest of angles within the twenty sixth.
Dortmund had Freiburg firmly on the again foot however the guests struck in opposition to the run of play with Lucas Hoeler drilling in a unfastened ball after the hosts had did not clear it close to the top of the primary half.
Order nonetheless was shortly restored after the restart as Dortmund scored twice in a span of three minutes.
Jude Bellingham arrange Karim Adeyemi with a backheel flick and the Germany worldwide slipped the ball previous keeper Mark Flekken within the forty eighth to place them again in entrance.
It was then time for Haller, having come again solely weeks in the past from months of surgical procedure and chemotherapy to deal with testicular most cancers identified quickly after becoming a member of the membership final July, to place his travails behind him and get again to scoring methods.
The Ivory Coast ahead nodded in after 51 minutes for his first aggressive aim.
“This goal came way too late,” Terzic mentioned. “We had wished he had scored his first goal back in July and August when we signed him, but you all know the story since then.
“So the aim got here at this time, in entrance of the yellow wall [of Dortmund fans]. It means so very a lot to him and so very a lot to us. We hope it was the primary of many, many targets.”
Dortmund captain Marco Reus ought to have scored as nicely when he was left unmarked in entrance of aim on the far publish within the fifty fifth, however he rattled the crossbar along with his shot.
Julian Brandt didn’t miss with a protracted-vary effort that went in off the publish within the 69th, and Gio Reyna accomplished Freiburg’s demolition within the 82nd, after Freiburg coach Christian Streich was despatched off as nicely for dissent.