Erling Haaland scored again this Saturday but could not prevent Borussia Dortmund from dropping points at home against Hoffenheim (2-2) on the 21st day of the Bundesliga.
Borussia Dortmund’s bad patch continues in the Bundesliga and even Erling Haaland can’t help it. The Ruhr club conceded a draw at Signal Iguna Park this Saturday against Hoffenheim (2-2) thanks to a goal from the Scandinavian striker in the last minutes.
The afternoon had started well for the BVB after a first from Jadon Sancho (1-0, 24th). Rather attractive in the first period, Edin Terzic’s charges again showed major defensive deficiencies.
At the end of a nice collective action, and well helped by a slightly loose marking of the Akanji-Hummels hinge, Munas Dabbur equalized with a beautiful cross strike (1-1, 31st). Erling Haaland may have claimed a fault at the start of the action and not far from the surface of Hoffenheim, nothing helped and Dortmund returned to the locker room with everything to do again.
Haaland attacked for his lack of fair play
Surprised by the Togolese midfielder Ihlas Bebou and a new oversight in the marking on a corner played in two stages (1-2, 51st), Borussia Dortmund then chased the score. And as often, it was necessary to rely on the talent of Erling Haaland to get by without too much damage.
Logically deprived of a goal following an offside from a partner, the Norwegian finally found the loophole in the last moments of the match (2-2, 81st). An equalizer that sparked a great controversy. If the 20-year-old striker took advantage of a bad back pass from an opposing defender to shoot the keeper, Erling Haaland was immediately criticized for his lack of fair play while a player from Hoffenheim was injured in the field.
Wrong operation for BVB
Whatever, the referee has validated the fifteenth goal of Erling Haaland this season in the Bundesliga. Arrived in Dortmund in January 2020, the Norwegian has achieved an exceptional campaign with already 23 goals and 6 assists in 23 appearances in all competitions. Thunderous statistics that are not enough to make BVB happy.
With only one victory in their last six league games, Dortmund still do not and remain sixth in the standings. With only one point ahead of Mönchengladbach (but one more match), the Ruhr club could even leave the qualifying places for the Europa League if Marcus Thuram’s partners win in Wolfsburg this Sunday.
An absence of a European Cup ticket could well whet the appetites of the Norwegian courtiers a little more during the summer transfer window. But above all, this new draw conceded against Hoffenheim is far from ideal before challenging Sevilla FC next Wednesday (9 p.m.), in the round of 16 first leg of the Champions League.
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