Donyell Malen scored a first-half brace as Borussia Dortmund eased to a 3-0 residence victory over Freiburg within the Bundesliga on Friday. Striker Niclas Fuellkrug, celebrating his thirty first birthday, laid on each targets for the Netherlands winger, earlier than grabbing one among his personal within the dying phases. The win sends Dortmund 4 factors away from fifth-placed RB Leipzig, with the Saxons enjoying at Augsburg on Saturday. Malen, who was linked with a transfer away from Dortmund within the winter switch window, has now scored 4 targets in his final 4 video games.
“From the beginning we had the suitable depth and scored on the proper moments,” Malen advised DAZN. “We have made some good steps since (the) winter (break).”
Dortmund have taken 13 factors from 5 league video games to spice up their bid for a Champions League place.
“I wanted for a win for my birthday — and perhaps a little bit of birthday cake as effectively,” Fuellkrug advised DAZN.
Coach Edin Terzic may name on the companies of a number of returning first-team gamers, together with Marco Reus, Julian Brandt and Julian Ryerson, together with Englishman Jadon Sancho, who began on the bench.
Within the sixteenth minute, Malen was teed up by Fuellkrug, who held up the ball along with his again to purpose and located the Dutchman, who spun on the spot earlier than unleashing a rocket into the roof of the web.
Fuellkrug was once more the supplier for Dortmund’s second, holding up the ball on the counter-attack earlier than passing to Malen, who blasted throughout the face of purpose and in.
The purpose got here deep into first-half harm time. The match was delayed by 12 minutes as a result of followers throwing tennis balls onto the pitch as a part of ongoing league-wide protests in opposition to international funding in German soccer.
“I can perceive the followers, it is their stage they usually need to use it to make themselves heard,” Fuellkrug stated.
“However from a sporting perspective it isn’t so nice once you’re continuously interrupted and should preserve heat — it isn’t prefer it’s 25 levels in the intervening time.”
Fuellkrug scored a purpose of his personal late within the sport, heading in a cross from Chelsea loanee Ian Maatsen with three minutes remaining.
Introduced on with the clock winding down, Sancho — who missed final week’s draw with Heidenheim with a muscle harm — had two possibilities to attain however fired his efforts extensive.
With 9 Bundesliga targets to this point this marketing campaign, Malen has already equalled his whole from final season.
The loss continued seventh-placed Freiburg’s poor report in Dortmund.
They haven’t gained on the Westfalenstadion since 2001, having misplaced 15 and drawn one among their previous 16 video games there.
Third-placed Stuttgart can restore the hole to Dortmund to 3 factors with a win over struggling Mainz on Sunday.
On Saturday, league leaders Bayer Leverkusen host second-placed Bayern Munich.
Xabi Alonso’s Leverkusen, nonetheless but to lose a match after 30 video games in all competitions this 12 months, sit two factors forward of Bayern.
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