Two games, five goals: thanks to Joker King Erling Haaland, Borussia Dortmund has successfully continued the chase towards the championship announced for the second half of the year.
After their three-goal debut a week ago in Augsburg, BVB’s new signing met 5-1 (2-0) against 1.FC Köln twice (77th and 87th). Raphael Guerreiro (1st), Marco Reus (29th) and Jadon Sancho (48th) scored the other goals for the team of coach Lucien Favre, who reduced the deficit to leaders RB Leipzig to four points at least for one day.
“That was a good step forward from us,” said Reus at the DAZN streaming service and praised Haaland: “Of course it’s wonderful for him. There are worse debts. We committed him to it. »The streak of promoted Cologne, however, came to an end after four successes, the goal of new signing Mark Uth (65.) was worthless. Cologne’s managing director Horst Heldt said: “We deserved to lose.” The result was “a little too high for him”.
BVB could hardly have started better. Guerreiro skilfully completed a strong combination over Mats Hummels, Reus and Sancho after 52 seconds. The guests, who won only six times in their long history in the Bundesliga and last time almost 29 years ago in Dortmund, tried to counter immediately. But Jan Uwe Thielmann missed the great opportunity to equalize (3rd). In the entire first half, Cologne barely succeeded.
FC coach Markus Gisdol had joked before the game, mainly because of Haaland to be able to place the team bus in front of the Cologne goal. The 19 year old Norwegian came on the pitch in the 65th minute. “We have a plan with him,” Favre had said before the game.
BVB, who is used to being on the offensive as usual, remained dominant with the lead in the back. Reus tested with a free kick FC goalkeeper Timo Horn (14th), who had to intervene several times in the game. Hummels hit the crossbar at the corner that followed. In defense, despite the bad experiences at the 5-3 spectacle last weekend, Favre once again relied on a triple chain that acted more shakily in the second half.
The FC, who competed with the same starting eleven as in the 3: 1 against VfL Wolfsburg, could only connect in phases to the strong appearances of the past weeks. The BVB defense had the Cologne offensive around Uth and Jhon Cordoba absolutely under control for an hour. Hummels was also convincing as a provider of templates. A superb pass by the 31-year-old over 60 meters was used by Reus, who was just offside, for the 2: 0.
«If we can get the connecting goal relatively quickly, we can come back into play. But that’s difficult in Dortmund, »said FC Managing Director Alexander Wehrle during the half-time break. Sancho initially destroyed this hope with his goal after a simple body deception in the penalty area. Uth met the hosts in a short period of weakness, in which Haaland immediately caused danger – and made the final decision.