Soccer-Dortmund hit Wolfsburg for six and close gap on Bayern

16/4/2022 7:30:00 PM

Soccer-Dortmund hit Wolfsburg for six and close gap on Bayern

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Soccer-Dortmund hit Wolfsburg for six and close gap on Bayern

DORTMUND, Germany (Reuters) - Borussia Dortmund forward Erling Haaland ended his Bundesliga goal drought with a double after teenager Tom Rothe opened the scoring on his league debut as they thumped VfL Wolfsburg 6-1 in a ruthless display at the Signal Iduna Park stadium on Saturday.

Dortmund went ahead in the 24th-minute as 17-year-old Rothe met a corner with a glancing header that crept in, shortly after home goalkeeper Gregor Kobel had produced a brilliant save to deny Wolfsburg's Lukas Nmecha at the other end.Witsel doubled Dortmund's advantage two minutes later with a neat left-footed finish inside the box following a quick counter, before Akanji made it 3-0 by guiding a free kick from Marco Reus past Koen Casteels in the 28th.

Can heaped more misery on Wolfsburg's leaky defence with a fourth from distance after 35 minutes before Haaland ended his five-match goalless run in the league by sweeping home a pass by Reus in the 38th following a fine collective effort.Dortmund continued to threaten after the break and Haaland doubled his tally with a blistering effort after 54 minutes following another slick team move before Wolfsburg pulled one back through Ridle Baku nine minutes from the end.

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Axel Witsel, Manuel Akanji and Emre Can also scored as Marco Rose's second-placed side closed the gap on Bayern Munich before next weekend's Der Klassiker, although the leaders can restore a nine-point advantage at Arminia Bielefeld on Sunday.Qatar will host the World Cup from Nov.Title holders City lead Liverpool by a point after the 2-2 draw at the Etihad on Sunday and as well as a final to play for neither will want to hand a psychological edge to the other.Following their draw in the first leg in Germany, Leipzig dominated in Bergamo, deservedly taking the lead when Nkunku slotted home from close range in the 18th minute.

Dortmund went ahead in the 24th-minute as 17-year-old Rothe met a corner with a glancing header that crept in, shortly after home goalkeeper Gregor Kobel had produced a brilliant save to deny Wolfsburg's Lukas Nmecha at the other end. Witsel doubled Dortmund's advantage two minutes later with a neat left-footed finish inside the box following a quick counter, before Akanji made it 3-0 by guiding a free kick from Marco Reus past Koen Casteels in the 28th. 18, forcing major European leagues such as Serie A to take a prolonged break during the domestic season. Can heaped more misery on Wolfsburg's leaky defence with a fourth from distance after 35 minutes before Haaland ended his five-match goalless run in the league by sweeping home a pass by Reus in the 38th following a fine collective effort. The FA Cup may no longer have the status it once enjoyed but the fact that Saturday's game pits two of the strongest sides in the world together has added extra spice to the occasion. Dortmund continued to threaten after the break and Haaland doubled his tally with a blistering effort after 54 minutes following another slick team move before Wolfsburg pulled one back through Ridle Baku nine minutes from the end. To beef up teams whose ranks had been reduced by national team call-ups, the Italian league explored ways to get authorisations for temporary loan agreements for players from other national competitions. (Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Ken Ferris) Article type: metered . "There were no secrets to win, we defended well and unlike the first leg we did well to get past their press.