(Borussia Dortmund – Freiburg 5-1) Erling Braut Haaland (21) had no plans to play three games in a row without finding the net. Against Freiburg, the Norwegian opened the goal account for 2022.
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With a good touch after a pass from Jude Bellingham, Haaland made the save, however.
The Norwegian striker placed the ball safely in the farthest corner and thus scored his first goal in two games – and his first in 2022.
That was the crown of the work after a fantastic Borussia Dortmund round.
– Two goals is good, but I should have had more, says Haaland in an interview shown on Viasport 1. The 21-year-old would like to have a hat trick, he says.
There will hardly be less transition rumors around Haaland after Friday’s hits – and statements.
In an interview with Viaplay reporter Jan Åge Fjørtoft, it was a lot about the speculations about the striker’s future, and Haaland could then tell that the club is putting pressure on him.
They want a clarification about where Haaland wants to play next season.
In the last six months, I have chosen not to say anything out of respect for Dortmund. I have let everyone else in the world talk, and I notice that the club is trying to pressure me to decide things, so that means I have to do it, says Haaland.
Haaland’s agent, Mino Raiola, has on several occasions talked about Haaland’s future, which clubs he can go to and who can afford him. According to the profiled agent, only “a handful” of clubs can pick up the Norwegian.
Borussia Dortmund have already dispelled speculation that the striker could be sold as early as January, but there are many indications that Haaland will be the summer window’s big transition saga.
– They are starting to put a lot of pressure on me, and I just have to accept that. Now it goes without saying that it’s time to get things started. That means things have to happen. Now they have mast for a good while, says the main character himself.
Marco Rose’s men totally dominated before the break against table fours Freiburg. They rolled the ball in the hat with what has been the Bundesliga season’s big surprise, and it was more or less a game against one goal.
The first two goals came in exactly the same way: Borussia Dortmund got a corner, Julian Brandt turned in and Thomas Meunier rose to the top. The Belgian right-back is – for natural reasons – not the one who most often appears on the scoring list, but nodded in two almost identical goals against Freiburg.
After the break, Freiburg took hold and replaced Kevin Schade and Ermedin Demirovic, and it paid off. Footstool Schade repeatedly caused trouble for the Dortmund defense, and Demirovic was the man who ignited hope for the away team. After a nice Freiburg roll, Dortmund goalkeeper Gregor Kobel had to return, and it ended up right in the legs of Demirovic who reduced.
Freiburg pressed and came to some opportunities, but got one on the snout when Haaland was again played free.
This time it was Dahoud who found Haaland. He went straight to the goal and knocked the ball between the legs of goalkeeper Benjamin Uphoff, who for the fourth time had to pick the ball out of the net.
The unfortunate Freiburg goalkeeper had to do it again – because Mahmoud Dahoud also wanted to be part of the game.
Dortmund’s fifth came after a brilliant attack where Donyell Malen played free Nico Schulz who then let 45 degrees out to Dahoud. The midfielder was given both time and space to arrange the ball and aim, and then he made no mistake. Dahoud hammered the ball in behind Uphoff and celebrated by diving the crow.
Thus, it ended with a 5-1 victory at the grim Signal Iduna Park, which had only a few supporters in place due to coronary restrictions.
Those who were there at least got to see a solid Borussia Dortmund team, which is now putting some pressure on league leader Bayern Munich. Haaland & co. is now three points behind Bayern, who have one game less played. The league leader will be in action against Cologne on Saturday afternoon.
The case is being updated.