Erling Braut Haaland again demonstrated his deadly finishing by netting twice on Saturday as Borussia Dortmund climbed to second in the Bundesliga table with a 4-0 demolition of Freiburg.
Dortmund bounced back from last weekend’s shock defeat at Augsburg as Haaland shone to leave him on 21 goals in 23 games for Dortmund since his January transfer as the burly Norwegian claimed clinically-taken goals.
Having also scored in Wednesday’s German Super Cup 3-2 defeat at Bayern Munich, the 20-year-old Haaland has netted five goals in as many games this season.
Dortmund were missing England winger Jadon Sancho and goalkeeper Roman Buerki, both recovering from illness having tested negative for the coronavirus.
Club captain Marco Reus made his first start for eight months after a groin injury.
US teenager Giovanni Reyna, who assisted all three goals, was outstanding alongside Reus in the attacking midfield role for Dortmund.
The 17-year-old played Haaland into space for the burly Norwegian to score both his goals, then delivered a pin-point corner for Emre Can’s headed goal.
Haaland, 19, once again showed dazzling finishing when he fired home from a right angle on 31 minutes.
Can then rose highest from a corner and his bullet header put Dortmund 2-0 up two minutes after the break.
Reyna and Haaland combined again when they got in behind the defence as the American delayed his pass which the Norwegian hammered into the net on 66 minutes.
Winger Felix Passlack claimed his first Bundesliga goal in added time to complete the rout with Haaland providing the final pass.
Defending champions Bayern Munich host Hertha Berlin on Sunday out to bounce back from last weekend’s shock defeat at Hoffenheim to end their 23-match winning streak.