Sunday, March 7

5: 2 at Hertha BSC: Dortmund and the big Haaland show

Mith record debutant Youssoufa Moukoko, Borussia Dortmund took advantage of Bayern Munich’s mistake and, thanks to Torgarant Erling Haaland, moved up to one point on the table leaders. In the Berlin Olympic Stadium, BVB won the first game against Hertha BSC on Saturday evening with the 16-year-old and one-day-old Moukoko 5-2 (0-1). The goal show was not yet delivered by Moukoko as the youngest player in Bundesliga history, but once again by Haaland.

The Norwegian turned the game around with four goals (47th / 49th / 62nd and 79th minutes). Raphael Guerreiro (70th) also scored for BVB. The Berliners took the lead through Matheus Cunha (33rd), the Brazilian later also scored with a penalty (79th). As a result, Dortmund pulled over RB Leipzig after their 1-1 in Frankfurt and also capitalized on Bayern’s 1-1 against Werder Bremen. After their defeats in Munich and Leipzig, Hertha also gave away point wins against the third top team and is stuck in the lower third of the table.

Despite the Haaland gala, all eyes were on Moukoko. One day after his 16th birthday, the attacker first had to take a seat on the substitutes’ bench. “There are no gifts. Birthday was yesterday, ”said coach Lucien Favre at DAZN. Wrapped up in a black and yellow wool blanket, the attacker sat between the other substitutes before Favre sent him onto the pitch for Haaland in the 85th minute, making him the youngest player in Bundesliga history.

Moukoko had initially had young people sitting next to him. Jadon Sancho (20), Jude Bellingham (17) and Giovanni Reyna (18) also had to watch for the time being because of the Favre tactics. With a compact midfield around Mahmoud Dahoud and Alex Witsel, the BVB coach wanted to meet the Berliners in the center. Julian Brandt and Marco Reus stormed alongside Haaland.

The concept had a catch. Hertha countered it with physical robustness and indicated danger early on from fast counter-attacks. Dodi Lukebakio (11th) aimed a little too high. Haaland toiled a lot, but was long controlled by Fernandez Alderete. When the Norwegian prevailed, Hertha goalkeeper Alexander Schwolow (17th) got his fists up.

Youssoufa Moukoko, aged 16 and over, made his late game debut.

Youssoufa Moukoko, aged 16 and over, made his late game debut.

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BVB goalkeeper Roman Bürki stretched in vain when Matheus Cunha withdrew from a good 20 meters after another quick Hertha attack. The Brazilian was too fast for Mats Hummels in Dortmund’s defense center and scored his fifth goal of the season. The tour was deserved for the Berliners. She was only in danger in the first half when Haaland (45 + 2) did not pursue Marvin Plattenhardt energetically enough just before the goal line.

After changing sides, everything went too fast for the Berliners. Two determined attacks, Haaland used his rooms ice cold and Dortmund was in the lead. BVB now clearly determined what happened. There were no more doubts about victory after the third Haaland strike. Guerreiro raised easily. After the meanwhile 2: 4 of the Berliners through a questionable penalty from Cunha (79th), Haaland struck again (79th). Then Moukoko could enter the Bundesliga stage.

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