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Borussia Dortmund away from the title despite Haaland goals

Borussia Dortmund suffered another serious slowdown in the Bundesliga title race, after losing 4-2 during their visit to Borussia Mönchengladbach, this Friday in the match that opened the 18th matchday and second round of the Bundesliga.

The Norwegian Erling Haaland (minutes 21 and 28) achieved both goals for the Dortmund team, provisionally tracing the previous advantage of ‘Gladbach’, who had opened the scoring at 10 through the Swiss Nico Elvedi.

Borussia Mönchengladbach turned the situation around later, with another goal from Elvedi (31) and those from Algerian Ramy Bensebaini (49) and Frenchman Marcus Thuram (78).

The latter returned more than a month later, after his December sanction for spitting in the face of a rival player during a match.

With 29 points, Borussia Dortmund (5th), which has only added one point in their last three games, leaves the Champions League zone, which is provisionally entered by Borussia Mönchengladbach (4th), who has two more points than his rival this Friday.

“In the last three games we have received blows from set pieces, it is a shame when you play so well offensively. It has been an exhausting week, with three games, but today disappointment dominates over fatigue in my case”, lamented the Dortmund coach , Edin Terzic, to DAZN.

For the captain of his team, Marco Reus, the errors in the set pieces are worrying.

“We always make the same mistakes. If we don’t solve that problem it will be difficult to win a match. This smells bad now,” Reus lamented.

– Two comebacks –

At the start of the game, Mönchengladbach’s team scored already in the second minute, but Florian Neuhaus’s goal was disallowed after video review.

But the & # 39; Gladbach & # 39; kept pressing and in the 10th he put the local team ahead Nico Elvedi, with a header when he finished off a ball from Jonas Hofmann.

Erling came back for Borussia Dortmund with a double (22 and 28), in both cases with shots with his left foot and with assists from Englishman Jadon Sancho.

Elvedi also signed the second of his private account, with a shot in the area on 31.

At the start of the second half, Borussia Mönchengladbach took the lead with their third goal, the work of Ramy Bensebaini (49), after a pass from Neuhaus, who also gave the assist for the goal from Marcus Thuram (78), which established the final 4-2.

Haaland has the consolation of his double, which puts him with 14 in the table of top scorers, as second classified alone, although still very far from the Polish Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), who finished the first round with 22 goals.

Borussia Mönchengladbach continue their good start to 2021. Two weeks ago they had already beaten Bayern Munich, the big favorite for the title.

On Tuesday, RB Leipzig (2nd) will try to pressure the leaders Bayern Munich (1st), who is four points behind.

Leipzig visit Mainz (17th), while Bayern play on Sunday at bottom side Schalke 04 (18th).

If Bayern lose, Borussia Dortmund will be already 13 points apart, a very important distance that puts the yellow team far away from the title fight.

bur-cpb / dr