Haaland scores four as Dortmund cut Bayern's lead
Erling Braut Haaland scored four goals and Youssoufa Moukoko became the youngest player in Bundesliga history on Saturday. Borussia Dortmund brought Hertha Berlin 5-2 to reduce Bayern Munich's lead at the top of the table to one point.
It was the first time since his debut in January that the 20-year-old Haaland scored four goals in one game for Dortmund, all in the second half.
"I had a Red Bull at halftime, I got a couple of wings and everything was fine," said Haaland.
The Norwegian now has 10 goals in seven Bundesliga games this season, giving him a total of 31 goals in 30 games in all competitions for Dortmund.
After Matheus Cunha had put Hertha in the lead in the first half at the Berlin Olympic Stadium, Dortmund roared back.
Haaland equalized when he knocked home and passed an Emre Can 47 minutes.
He grabbed his second two minutes later with perfect timing to shift his marker and fire a Julian Brandt pass.
Haaland finished his hat trick in the 62nd minute, just before Raphael Guerreiro stabbed the ball home from close range to make it 4-1.
Cunha converted a late penalty but the night belonged to Haaland finishing a move he started with 10 minutes of play.
There was still time to make history when Moukoko made a late appearance from the Dortmund bank to replace Haaland.
One day after his 16th birthday, Moukoko is the youngest player in the history of the Bundesliga.
"He's only just turned 16 - that's amazing," Haaland said of Moukoko. "He has a great career ahead of him."
Dortmund's game in Berlin put them in second place in the overall standings, behind defending champions Bayern, who stayed in the lead despite a 1-1 draw with Werder Bremen.
- Bavaria held -
German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer made great stops to contest US striker Josh Sargent twice when Bremen scored their first point at Bayern in a decade.
"We had to invest a lot," said Neuer to Sky.
The 34-year-old recovered after conceding six goals in Germany's defeat by Spain in the middle of the week with two brilliant saves in the first half in quick succession.
He used a shoe to block a shot by Sargent and then lunged over the gate to save from Ludwig Augustinsson.
In the dying, Neuer stood tall to block a shot by Sargent that was clearly broken.
Bayern coach Hansi Flick was anything but happy that Bremen took the lead in his 50th responsible game and said his team had to "defend better".
Bremen rightly went ahead just before the break when midfielder Maximilian Eggestein completed an excellent attack.
"We conceded a very cheap goal, that's how Bremen's plan worked and they defended very well," said Bayern striker Thomas Müller.
Kingsley Coman equalized in the 62nd minute at the Allianz Arena when he hit a cross from Leon Goretzka at the far post.
Bayern striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting shot with the goal five minutes before the end.
However, Neuer at the other end's exploits saved the draw.
- Hradecky's Howler -
Bayer Leverkusen are third after the 2-1 win against Arminia Bielefeld thanks to Aleksandar Dragovic's late winner.
The win was a relief for Leverkusen's goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky, who scored an embarrassing own goal early in the second half.
Leverkusen were 1-0 thanks to a goal from Leon Bailey when Hradecky scored an equalizer that rolled into the empty net behind him.
Dragovic stabbed home from close range two minutes before the end to spare Hradecky's blush.
RB Leipzig are in fourth place after Yussuf Poulsen fell off the bench in the 1-1 draw at Eintracht Frankfurt and scored a skillful volley in the second half after winger Aymen Barkok gave the hosts an early lead.
Although seven players were quarantined with the corona virus, an exhausted Hoffenheim drew 3: 3 at home against Stuttgart.
Schalke's winless run spanned 24 league games going back to January after losing 2-0 at home to Wolfsburg.
An equalizer by Daniel Caligiuri two minutes before the end brought the 10-man Augsburg a 1-1 draw at Borussia Mönchengladbach.
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