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Bundesliga: Erling Haaland inspires Dortmund to thrilling win, Bayern beats Leipzig 4-1

Erling Haaland scored two goals and made another as Borussia Dortmund repeatedly came from behind before beating Bayer Leverkusen 4-3 in a thrilling Bundesliga contest.

By: Reuters |
Updated: September 12, 2021 9:46:45 am
Borussia Dortmund's Erling Haaland looks dejected after Bayer Leverkusen scores their third goal. (Reuters)

Erling Haaland scored two goals and made another as Borussia Dortmund repeatedly came from behind before beating Bayer Leverkusen 4-3 in a thrilling Bundesliga game on Saturday.

Florian Wirtz opened the scoring for Leverkusen with a toe-poke in the ninth minute, but 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.

Elsewhere, VfL Wolfsburg remained top of the table with a comfortable 2-0 win 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 Dortmund second on nine points and Mainz behind them on goal difference. Freiburg are fourth on eight points.

Bayern beats Leipzig 4-1

Bayern Munich issued a Bundesliga statement with a 4-1 victory in Leipzig on Saturday, when Borussia Dortmund came from behind three times to beat Bayer Leverkusen 4-3 in a thriller.

Robert Lewandowski, Jamal Musiala, Leroy Sané and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting scored for defending champion Bayern to beat its closest challenger last season, though coach Julian Nagelsmann had to endure a hostile reception in his first game back since leaving Leipzig for Bayern.

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