Bundesliga: Dortmund hit 6 past Wolfsburg, Bayern win

(Football news) Dortmund got back to their scoring best as they beat Wolfsburg 6-1 and kept their slim chances of the title alive. Borussia Dortmund forward Erling Haaland ended his Bundesliga goal drought with a double after teenager Tom Rothe opened the scoring on his debut, then Axel Witsel, Manuel Akanji and Emre Can scored as Marco Rose's side will be high on confidence before next weekend's Der Klassiker. Dortmund went ahead in the 24th-minute when 17-year-old Rothe met Julian Brandt’s corner with a glancing header that crept inside the goal

Shortly after taking the lead, Gregor Kobel produced a brilliant save to deny Wolfsburg's Lukas Nmecha. Then Dortmund went into a rampage mode as Witsel doubled Dortmund's advantage two minutes later with a pretty neat left-footed finish following a quick counter, before Akanji made it 3-0 by glancing on a free kick from Marco Reus past Koen Casteels in the 28th minute. Can then went to make matters worse for Wolfsburg's leaky defence with a brilliant long ranger fourth goal in the 35th minute before Haaland ended his five-match goalless run in the league by beautifully controlling a pass by Reus and then went onto to make 5-0 in the 38th following a fine collective effort. Dortmund continued their dominance after the break and Haaland doubled his tally with a blistering effort after 54 minutes following another well constructed move by Dortmund. Wolfsburg pulled one back through Ridle Baku nine minutes from the end but it was a mere consolation goal. 

Bayern Munich produced an emphatic performance over relegation-threatened Arminia as they beat them 3-0 and still maintained a nine point lead over Dortmund. With only four games left, the Bavarians bounced back after their shock Champions League exit with a solid win and regained their lead over Borussia Dortmund before the two teams will face each other in next weekend's blockbuster in the Der Klassiker in Munich. Bayern took the lead with 10 minutes as Alphonso Davies smartly squared the ball for Robert Lewandowski, who took a touch before Arminia defender Jacob Barrett Laursen unintentionally helped the ball over the goal.

Having edged the first half, Bayern asserted their dominance and doubled their lead with the virtually the last kick of the first half through Serge Gnabry, who chased Kimmich's pass from the right and then produced a sensational first time volley. Julian Nagelsmann's men then finally put the final nail in the coffin when his side added a third with five minutes remaining as Kimmich sprayed the ball to Lewandowski, and the Polish forward calmly passed it to the substitute Jamal Musiala to finish a sweeping counter-attack from close range.

"A win always feels better than a loss since we experienced one on Tuesday. It's good for the heads, of course before an important game… before the Klassiker," Gnabry said.

"We have the chance to become champions at home. We've done the work today and we need to finish it next week.

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The other results were:

  • Leverkusen 0 – 1 RB Leipzig (Szoboszlai)
  • Union Berlin 2 (Awoniyi, Promel) – 0 Frankfurt
  • Hoffenheim 0 – 0 Furth
  • Monchengladbach 1 (Êmbolo) – 3 FC Koln (Modeste, Kainz, Ljubicic)
  • Augsburg 0 – 1 Hertha Berlin (Serdar)
  • Mainz  0 – 0 Stuttgart
  • SC Freiburg 3 (Kubler, Sallai x2) – 0  VFL Bochum


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