Borussia Dortmund pulled the lead over the leading Bundesliga Bayern Munich to three points on Friday when Erling Haaland scored twice and led them to a 5-1 win over Freiburg.
Belgian national right-back defender Thomas Meunier sent Dortmund on the way with two goals from the corners in the opening half hour, as Freiburg’s usually well-organized defense looked lost at the stadium where the club last won 21 years ago.
Haaland increased the lead to 3: 0 in overtime at the end of the first half, when Jude Bellingham caught Lucas Holer stumbling with the ball deep in the middle of Freiburg and got rid of it before playing the striker for a defensive end.
The goal ended a series of two matches without a goal for the Norwegian national team.
Freiburg showed signs of life in the middle of the second half, when Ermedin Demirovic reacted quickly to catch the ball in the rebound, but Haaland added his second match and 15th in 13 league matches to make it impossible for any return.
This goal was arranged by Mahmoud Dahoud, who promptly added the fifth goal with a curling iron in the upper right corner and thus sealed a strong victory.
“The first half was really strong at all stages of the game,” Dortmund coach Marco Rose said, but criticized the team for giving Freiburg a chance in the second half.
A heavy defeat is a blow to Freiburg’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League for the first time.
They entered the match as the fourth in the table with only 18 goals collected, which is together with Bayern the best defensive record in the league, but it was a night of disappointment for Christian Streich.
Bayern Munich can renew their six-point lead with Saturday’s win in Cologne.