Borussia Dortmund crushed 10-man Freiburg 5-1 within the Bundesliga on Saturday, with ahead Sebastien Haller on the right track for the primary time since his return from most cancers therapy, serving to raise his facet into third spot.
The Ruhr valley membership, who face Chelsea within the Champions League Round of 16 on Feb. 15, was in very good type because it made it 4 wins out of 4 league video games for the reason that restart and strikes as much as 37 factors, as many as champions Bayern Munich, in second, who’s in motion at VfL Wolfsburg on Sunday.
Union Berlin is on high with 39 factors following its win over Mainz 05.
“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 initially with Kiliann Sildillia booked twice in three minutes to scale back his staff to 10 males within the seventeenth minute.
It didn’t take lengthy for Dortmund to make their benefit depend 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 towards the run of play with Lucas Hoeler drilling in a unfastened ball after the hosts had didn’t clear it close to the top of the primary half.
Order nevertheless 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 Haller, again this yr after present process surgical procedures and therapy for testicular most cancers recognized solely weeks after he had signed for the membership final July, who scored his first aggressive objective for them, heading in a cross within the 51st.
“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 goal came today, in front of the yellow wall (of Dortmund fans). It means so very much to him and so very much to us. We hope it was the first of many, many goals.”
Dortmund captain Marco Reus ought to have scored as nicely when he was left unmarked in entrance of objective on the far submit within the fifty fifth, however he rattled the crossbar together with his shot.
Julian Brandt didn’t miss with a long-range effort that went in off the submit 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.