BERLIN (AFP) – Erling Braut Haaland scored with a stunning lob as his two-goal haul on Sunday helped Borussia Dortmund hold off Union Berlin with a 4-2 home win to go second in the Bundesliga table behind defending champions Bayern Munich.
Haaland, 21, chipped the ball over the Union goalkeeper from the edge of the area seven minutes from time to see off Union who had fought back with second-half goals.
“Erling is simply a goal-hunting machine. When he sees a chance to put the ball in the net, his eyes light up and a fire is lit,” Dortmund defender Mats Hummels told DAZN.
However, the Dortmund defender was less impressed with how they allowed Union back into the game.
“I was very happy up until 3-0, then we allowed an opponent back into the game who were finished,” he said.
Union striker Taiwo Awoniyi had the ball in the net after 40 seconds, but Dortmund raced ahead with three unanswered goals.
Raphael Guerreiro put Dortmund ahead with a stunning volley at Signal Iduna Park before Haaland powered in a header. Union were 3-0 down early in the second half when their defender Marvin Friedrich turned the ball into his own net.
However, Germany striker Max Kruse netted a penalty for Union before his replacement Andreas Voglsammer headed the visitors back into the game with nine minutes left.
Haaland settled the matter when he spotted Union goalkeeper Andreas Luthe off his line and lunged at full stretch to lob the ball into the net.