Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland scored twice in four minutes on Sunday, ending his drought of seven games in all competitions, to help his side secure a 4-1 win over Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga and rekindle their hopes to rank among the top four.
Dortmund, fifth, with 49 points, closed the gap with fourth-placed Eintracht Frankfurt to four with five games to go. The top four teams qualify for the Champions League next season.
The Eintracht had collapsed in a 4-0 loss to Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday.
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“After yesterday we were a little more impatient to win because it was a great chance for us to get closer (in the top four),” said Dortmund captain Marco Reus. “We managed to do just that with the win today and close the gap. That was our big goal.”
“We remained calm despite our delay, we found our positions and played our game well. We had a second chance after yesterday to qualify for the Champions League.”
Norway international Haaland scored his first goal of the afternoon in the 34th minute with a penalty to put the hosts, eliminated midweek by Manchester City in the Champions League quarter-finals, ahead.
Werder had taken a 14th minute lead over Milot Rashica only for Giovanni Reyna to equalize in the 29th with a powerful shot. Haaland, 20, likely a major transfer goal if Dortmund fail to finish in the top four, went on to score their 23rd league goal of the season in the 38th to complete Dortmund’s return with three goals in nine minutes.
87th defender Mats Hummels’ header made it 4-1 as Werder tied their worst Bundesliga run with their fifth straight loss to stay on 30 points, four above relegation playoff spot .
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