RB Leipzig’s hopes of moving into first place on the Bundesliga table were left unfulfilled as Erling Haaland put on a man of the match performance to give Borussia Dortmund all the three points away from home.
With Bayern Munich losing yesterday, Leipzig could have moved into first place and increase their chances of winning the Bundesliga for the first time, a feat Lothar Matthaus believes can be achieved, but Julian Nagelsmann’s men were unable to seize that opportunity.
Instead they stay in second place with 31 points while Borussia Dortmund are now 5 points off the top of the table after just their second win in five games.
How Haaland inspired Dortmund to defeat Leipzig
The importance of the game was heightened just hours before kickoff after defending champions and league leaders Bayern Munich lost their second game of the new season to Borussia Monchengladbach yesterday.
Bayern Munich scored two quick goals through Robert Lewandoski in the 20th minute (penalty) and Leon Goretzka in the 26th minute but were pegged back by the visitors before the half time whistle.
Jonas Hofmann pulled one back and made it all square within a space of ten minutes (35th and 45th minute) for Monchengladbach before heading to the break.
Monchengladbach then sealed the victory just four minutes into the second half after Florian Neuhaus scored the all important goal to help defeat Bayern Munich.
Bayern’s defeat meant that RB Leipzig could go top of the Bundesliga table with a two point lead while Borussia Dortmund also had the opportunity to close the gap on the top. Unfortunately, the game could not live up to the hype as the first half ended goalless.
Both teams were more cautious and saw just a few chances being created, as Leipzig had a 0.01 expected goals while Dortmund had a 0.00 expected goals in the first half.
The second half, on the contrast, sparked straight into life as 2020 golden boy winner, Erling Haaland, inspired his Dortmund side with two goals and an assist.
Haaland was at the heart of things for his side’s first goal as he exchanged quick passes with Marco Reus on the right hand side before whipping in a teasing ball into the Leipzig 18 yard box. Reus who had run into space flicked it neatly into the path of an unmarked Jadon Sancho who also slotted it in for his second goal in as many matches this season.
Dortmund then pushed for a second and could have gotten it in the 65th minute after Haaland hit the crossbar from a Jadon Sancho through ball.
The same combination worked, however, seven minutes later as Haaland got his first goal of the night. After receiving a ball at the end of the penalty box, Haaland danced past three, four RB Leipzig players before setting Sancho through.
Exchanging passes with Guerreiro, Sancho then floated an exquisite ball to the back post where Haaland headed home.
With just six minutes of the 90 minutes to play, Haaland netted his second on the night and Dortmund’s third as he made use of a Marco Reus pass to round RB Leipzig goalkeeper, Gulacsi for his 11th goal in ten games and 25th goal in 25 Bundesliga games for the yellow and Blacks.
Dortmund’s clean sheet was tainted in the closing stages of the game, with Sorloth pulling one back for Leipzig in the 90th minute.