‘Ice-cold’ Haaland nets twice as Dortmund run riot

BERLIN (AFP) – Erling Braut Haaland once again demonstrated ‘ice-cold’ finishing by netting twice late on Saturday as Borussia Dortmund climbed to third in the Bundesliga table with a 4-0 demolition of Freiburg.

“He is our centre forward, that’s what he’s paid for, but he’s ice cold,” Dortmund captain Marco Reus said of Haaland’s latest haul in front of 11,500 people – the biggest Bundesliga crowd since Covid-19 hit Germany in March.

“He will always score – no matter how well or badly he is playing.”

Dortmund bounced back from last weekend’s shock defeat at Augsburg as Haaland shone to leave him on 21 goals in 23 games for Dortmund since his January transfer.

“Not bad, it could have been more,” said Haaland drily.

Having also scored in Wednesday’s German Super Cup 3-2 defeat at Bayern Munich, the 20-year-old has netted five goals in as many games this season.

Dortmund’s Erling Haaland scores his second goal during the Bundesliga football match against Freiburg. PHOTO: AP

“There are already a few creatures like him, but he’s a real beast in front of goal,” said Freiburg captain Christian Guenter with grudging admiration.

“The first big chance he gets, goes in.”

Dortmund were missing England winger Jadon Sancho and goalkeeper Roman Buerki, both recovering from illness having tested negative for the coronavirus. Reus made his first start for eight months after injury.

US teenager Giovanni Reyna, who set up Dortmund’s first three goals, was outstanding.

The 17-year-old attacking midfielder played Haaland into space for both of his goals and delivered a pin-point corner for Emre Can’s headed goal.

Haaland, 19, once again showed dazzling finishing when he fired home from a right angle on 31 minutes.

Can then rose highest from a corner and his bullet header put Dortmund 2-0 up two minutes after the break.

Reyna and Haaland combined again when they got in behind the defence as the American delayed his pass which the Norway forward hammered into the net on 66 minutes.

Winger Felix Passlack claimed his first Bundesliga goal in added time to complete the rout with Haaland providing the final pass.

Later, RB Leipzig went top of the league on goal difference with a 4-0 rout of bottom side Schalke, who are now 19 league games without a win.