Soccer-Haaland, Meunier doubles help Dortmund crush Freiburg 5-1

15/1/2022 12:42:00 AM

Soccer-Haaland, Meunier doubles help Dortmund crush Freiburg 5-1

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Soccer-Haaland, Meunier doubles help Dortmund crush Freiburg 5-1

DORTMUND, Germany (Reuters) - Borussia Dortmund's Erling Haaland snapped a two-game goal drought to score twice while fullback Thomas Meunier added two more as their side hammered visiting Freiburg 5-1 on Friday to move within striking distance of leaders Bayern Munich.

Haaland then got in on the action, quickly peeling away from team mate Jude Bellingham to race into the box, latch onto a perfectly timed through ball from the England international and tap in Dortmund's third goal on the stroke of halftime.The Norwegian bagged his second in the 75th -- his 55th goal in 56 Bundesliga matches -- after Ermedin Demirovic had pulled a goal back for the visitors just past the hour.

Mahmoud Dahoud capped a dominant Dortmund display with a powerful shot in the 86th.Dortmund have 40 points in second place, three behind Bayern who visit Cologne on Saturday. Freiburg stay fourth on 30.(Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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Fullback Meunier powered home a header at the near post from a Julian Brandt corner after 14 minutes and doubled the lead in the 29th, nodding in another Brandt corner.Bowen, touted for an England call-up by West Ham manager David Moyes, had one effort ruled out in the first half but was not to be denied as he headed home in the 42nd minute.Ethiopia took a surprise early lead through Dawa Hottesa, but for the second successive game Cameroon roared back from behind as captain Aboubakar took his tally for the tournament to four goals and Toko-Ekambi also bagged a brace.Ishmael Wadi put Zimbabwe ahead in the first half, but Mhango levelled just before the break and then added the second after 58 minutes as he took advantage of some hesitant defending and supplied a poacher’s finish.

He had only scored once before in the Bundesliga since joining in 2020. Haaland then got in on the action, quickly peeling away from team mate Jude Bellingham to race into the box, latch onto a perfectly timed through ball from the England international and tap in Dortmund's third goal on the stroke of halftime. But Bowen wrapped up a third successive league victory for West Ham in the 83rd minute, converting past Tim Krul from a superb delivery by substitute Arthur Masuaku, the goal originally being ruled offside but allowed after a VAR check. The Norwegian bagged his second in the 75th -- his 55th goal in 56 Bundesliga matches -- after Ermedin Demirovic had pulled a goal back for the visitors just past the hour. (Reporting by Nick Said, editing by Ed Osmond) Article type: metered. Mahmoud Dahoud capped a dominant Dortmund display with a powerful shot in the 86th. Arsenal, who have a match in hand, are two points behind. Dortmund have 40 points in second place, three behind Bayern who visit Cologne on Saturday.

Freiburg stay fourth on 30. (Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; Editing by Ken Ferris) Article type: metered .