Haaland Blasts A Home Run On His Comeback To Propel Dortmund To The Top Of The Standings

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On his return from injury, Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland scored twice to help his club defeat Mainz 3-1 and move to the top of the Bundesliga table.

The Norwegian forward, who had been out since late September, scored a penalty kick in the 54th minute after a lengthy VAR review of a hand ball, and then scored again in second-half stoppage time.

The hosts were off to a flying start, with captain Marco Reus thumping in a deflected cutback in the third minute to give them the lead. It was Reus’ 14th goal against Mainz in 20 outings, the highest against any Bundesliga team.

Dortmund possessed three quarters of possession in a tense first half, but had to wait nearly the entire half for another chance, which came in stoppage time when a Jude Bellingham shot was cleared off the line.

In the second half, Haaland’s penalty gave Dortmund some breathing room, and Mats Hummels hit the post with a looping header, but the visitors were far from finished.

Mainz scored in the 87th minute when Dortmund goalkeeper Gregor Kobel made a mistake, setting up a tense finish before Haaland completed a swift break to secure Dortmund’s eighth consecutive home league win.

source : Guardian sport

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