Bundesliga: Erling Haaland scores on return from injury as Dortmund beat Wolfsburg

Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund is challenged by John Brooks of VfL Wolfsburg during the Bundesliga match between VfL Wolfsburg and Borussia Dortmund at Volkswagen Arena on November 27, 2021 in Wolfsburg, Germany. 


Erling Haaland scored on his return from injury to help Borussia Dortmund move top the Bundesliga with a 3-1 win at Wolfsburg. Defending champions Bayern Munich can restore their previous one-point lead with a win over Arminia Bielefeld in Saturday’s late match, a week before Dortmund host Bayern.

Haaland hadn’t played in the Bundesliga since scoring twice in a 3-1 win at Mainz in October. Manager Marco Rose delighted Dortmund fans on Friday when he said Haaland may return sooner than originally thought and he followed through by bringing on the 21-year-old in the 72nd minute in Wolfsburg.

Wout Weghorst had put the hosts ahead in the opening minutes of the game, only for Dortmund to equalise via Emre Can’s penalty then take the lead through Donyell Malen. Haaland sealed matters in the 81st minute with an acrobatic finish to Julian Brandt’s cross. It was Haaland’s 10th goal in his seventh Bundesliga appearance of the season.

Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund shoots during the Bundesliga match between VfL Wolfsburg and Borussia Dortmund at Volkswagen Arena on November 27, 2021 in Wolfsburg, Germany.


Sebastian Andersson scored in injury time as Cologne beat Borussia Monchengladbach 4-1 in their Rhine derby in front of 50,000 fans. Augsburg substitute Michael Gregoritsch scored in the seventh minute of injury time to salvage a 1-1 draw at Hertha Berlin.

Also, Hoffenheim routed last-place Greuther Fürth 6-3 away, and Bochum came from behind to beat visiting Freiburg 2-1.

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