(Dortmund – Augsburg 3–1) Erling Braut Haaland burned a penalty for the first time in his career. Fortunately for the national team striker, Thomas Delaney, Jadon Sancho and an own goal ensured home victory.
It was a long-awaited victory for Dortmund, who suffered two straight losses before Saturday’s settlement.
The team fired Lucien Favre in December, but has not experienced a noticeable new coaching effect under Edin Terzic, who has the job temporarily. Before the match against Augsburg, Dortmund had taken ten points in seven matches, but today’s catch sent the club up to 4th place in the Bundesliga.
Dortmund got an early setback when Andre Hahn was allowed to pull free in the 16-meter after ten minutes. The Augsburg player knocked the ball in behind Marwin Hitz, and the yellow jerseys quickly started the job of creating balance in the accounts.
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Erling Braut Haaland got the chance when the referee pointed to the penalty mark ten minutes later. The Norwegian finished hard, but the ball immediately whizzed over his head again after hitting the crossbar. The Norwegian national team striker’s first penalty kick in his career.
However, Haaland’s Scandinavian teammate, Thomas Delaney, corrected the barrier shortly afterwards. The free kick from Marco Reus was hard and precise, and the shot from the Dane was removable for the goalkeeper.
It was Reus’ 87 goal-scoring assists for Dortmund – the most in the club’s history. The German was born in Dortmund, but returned to the club in 2012 after a few years in Borussia Mönchengladbach.
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Augsburg were barely over the midfield in large parts of the second half, and were pressured deeply by the home team. Halfway through the half, Jadon Sancho sent Dortmund into the lead for the first time.
Raphaël Guerreiro sent the Englishman alone with the goalkeeper, and soon the ball was in the far corner.
Barely a quarter before the end, the match was punctured after a kind of assist from Haaland. The 20-year-old hit hard and low into the field, but the ball never reached the teammate the post was intended for. Instead, Felix Ohis Uduokhai put his foot forward and controlled the ball in his own goal.