Borussia Dortmund Beats Hoffenheim 3-2, Erling Haaland Becomes a Victim – Borussia Dortmund beat the hosts TSG Hoffenheim with a score of 3-2 in the match week 20 of the German League at the PreZero Arena Stadium, Saturday (22/1/2022), but Erling Haaland had to be the victim of the victory.

The reason, Haaland had to leave the field early in the 63rd minute by looking wincing in pain and clutching his right groin.

This is clearly a cause for concern for Dortmund, considering Haaland has been sidelined with injury in two different periods this season.

Haaland missed three matches mid September 24 to October 12, 2021 due to a muscle problem, then he was sidelined even longer on October 22 to November 25, 2021 due to a groin flexor injury.

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Before being forced off the pitch, Haaland gave Dortmund a quick lead over Hoffenheim just six minutes after the start with a simple flick from Donyell Malen’s cross.

That advantage disappeared right at the end of the first half when Andrej Kramaric completed Ihlas Bebou’s cross.

Dortmund then restored their lead when Malen’s through ball was completed perfectly by the captain Marco Reus in the 58th minute.

Three minutes after Haaland left the pitch in pain, Dortmund added to their lead with another Malen action forcing home defender David Raum to score an own goal.

Hoffenheim cut the gap again in the 77th minute thanks to Georginio Rutter’s right foot, but Dortmund managed to keep the score 3-2 until dispersal to take home the full three points.

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The victory makes Dortmund, who is in second place with 43 points, now only three points adrift of Bayern Munich, who is at the top of the standings and will only play a day later.

Meanwhile, Hoffenheim, who suffered two consecutive defeats after their positive trend ended last week, have slipped further to sixth with 31 points, according to the official website of the German League.

Dortmund certainly hopes Haaland can take advantage of the international break that will take place in the next two weeks to recover from the injury he suffered.

After the international break, Dortmund will host Bayer Leverkusen at Signal Iduna Park on the first weekend of February, while Hoffenheim travel to FSV Mainz. [Antara]

Source: – Berita Bola, Jadwal, Skor & Liga Eropa by

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