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Haaland hits double as Dortmund thrash Wolfsburg

DORTMUND, GERMANY (AFP) – Erling Haaland netted twice to end his mini dry spell as Borussia Dortmund hammered Wolfsburg 6-1 early yesterday ahead of next weekend’s Bundesliga showdown against leaders Bayern Munich.

Haaland, 21, who is widely tipped to leave Dortmund at the end of the season, netted twice in emphatic style having drawn a blank in his previous five games.

Haaland’s performance was all the more impressive as he is carrying a leg injury.

“It’s getting better. He still has pain, but he showed today that he tolerates it well,” said Dortmund coach Marco Rose.

“It was a good performance by him in a good team display.”

The thumping win over mid-table Wolfsburg leaves second-placed Dortmund six points behind Bayern, who will be without France defender Lucas Hernandez and winger Kingsley Coman due to muscular problems.

Bayern, who exited the Champions League last Tuesday, are chasing a 10th straight Bundesliga title.

Dortmund’s forward Erling Braut Haaland attempts to score during the Bundesliga football match against Wolfsburg. PHOTO: AFP

In spring sunshine, and in front of 79,200 fans at Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund turned on the style with five goals in a devastating 14-minute spell in the first half.

Tom Rothe, 17, marked a dream Bundesliga debut when the Germany Under-19 defender headed in Dortmund’s opening goal from a corner after 24 minutes.

The floodgates opened with four more goals in quick succession.

Axel Witsel fired under the feet of visiting goalkeeper Koen Casteels, Manuel Akanji tapped in a free-kick and Emre Can scored with a long-range shot.

The Wolfsburg defence was shredded again when Marco Reus served up a tap-in for Haaland, who applauded his teammate after netting his first goal since late January.

It was the first time Dortmund held a 5-0 half-time league in Germany’s top flight since April 2013. Reus, who claimed assists for Akanji and Haaland’s first goal, went close when he fired just over the crossbar.

Dortmund’s captain then linked with Julian Brandt to release Haaland, who hammered in his second goal to make it 6-0 after just 54 minutes.

Wolfsburg grabbed a late consolation when Ridle Baku fired in the rebound after Dortmund goalkeeper Gregor Kobel’s stunning save had denied Lukas Nmecha.