BORUSSIA Dortmund beat Arminia Bielefeld 1-0 in the Bundesliga match on Sunday (13/3), as top striker Erling Haaland returns to play after recovering from injury.
The win cut the gap from Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich to seven points. Dortmund also saved one game more.
Marius Wolf used Thorgan Hazard’s cross to score the only winner in the 21st minute, while Donyell Malen twice came close but both hit the post.
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Haaland, who has been a transfer target for nearly every big European club this season, is back but just over an hour after having been sidelined since January with an adductor injury.
After last week’s draw to Augsburg, which followed them out of the Europa League, this win is the good news that coach Marco Rose desperately needs. Dortmund add to the collection of points to 53, while Bayern have collected 60 points.
Dortmund, then, can again close the gap from Bayern on Wednesday (16/3) when they take on Mainz 05 in a match that should have been played last week due to the Covid-19 case in the Mainz team.
Meanwhile, at the same time, Eintracht Frankfurt are getting closer to the European zone by now cutting the distance to four points after a 2-1 win over visitors VfL Bochum.
The hosts fell behind in the 19th minute to Sebastian Polter’s goal and were equalized just one minute into the second half by an Erhan Masovic own goal. Frankfurt turned to win thanks to Daichi Kamada’s goal in the 52nd minute.
Frankfurt remain ninth but increase their points collection to 37 points or four points behind sixth-placed RB Leipzig.
Bayer Leverkusen are third on 45 points after losing 1-0 against Cologne. (Ant/OL-1)