Replacements Haaland, Reus combine to send Dortmund second
The substitutes Erling Braut Haaland and Marco Reus relegated Borussia Dortmund to second place in the Bundesliga on Saturday and scored a 1-0 win in Hoffenheim in the second half.
Dortmund, who had already lost a game this season, appeared to lose more points before young Haaland and veteran Reus got off the bench in the second half to breathe new life into a blunt performance.
The 20-year-old Haaland stormed forward during the break to line up Reus with a tap-in and get Dortmund's first away win against Hoffenheim in eight years.
“You have always made it difficult for us here in recent years. We didn't have many good chances in the first half and we knew we had to do more in the second half, "the goalscorer told Sky.
Haaland was initially rested after playing for Norway three times in the past two weeks, which led to criticism of the full international schedule.
"In Dortmund we are used to having a lot of games during the week at this stage of the season. The schedule is a bit more hectic this year, so we have to take care of ourselves," said Reus.
Hoffenheim also had to do without three regular players, as Croat Andrej Kramaric, Ghanaian Kasim Adams and Czech defender Pavel Kaderabek were quarantined after their return from international service. The club confirmed late Friday that two out of three tested positive for the coronavirus.
Mijat Gacinovic missed an early chance for Hoffenheim, and both Giovanni Reyna and Thomas Meunier got close for Dortmund.
But it was Reus who landed the decisive blow and shot Haaland's square pass into the open net to score his first goal since February.
Dortmund are now one point behind leaders RB Leipzig, who stayed at the top with a 2-0 win against the surprising high-flyers Augsburg.
Angelino headed Leipzig to the top at halftime and scored his second goal in two games before Yussuf Poulsen doubled the lead with a lush volley in 66 minutes.
"These are the games you have to win to get into the top four," Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann told Sky.
Lucas Alario's header in the first half sealed a 1-0 win for Bayer Leverkusen and extended Mainz's miserable run to four defeats in four games.
Newcomers Stuttgart continued their good start to the season with a 2-0 win at Hertha Berlin, while Freiburg and Werder Bremen shared the points in an eventful 1-1 draw in the southwest.
Marc Oliver Kempf headed a Daniel Didavi free kick to give Stuttgart an early lead, and Gonzalo Castro fired a sizzling long shot in the second half.
Freiburg took the lead early from Philipp Lienhart and had ruled out a second offside goal before Bremen's Niclas Fuellkrug equalized from the penalty spot.
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