Borussia Dortmund crushed 10-man Freiburg 5-1 within the Bundesliga on Saturday, with ahead Sebastien Haller on course for the primary time since his return from most cancers therapy, serving to carry his facet into third spot.
The Ruhr valley membership, who face Chelsea within the Champions League Spherical of 16 on Feb. 15, was in very good type as they made it 4 wins out of 4 league video games because the restart and transfer as much as 37 factors, as many as champions Bayern Munich, in second, who’re in motion at VfL Wolfsburg on Sunday.
Union Berlin are high on 39 following their win over Mainz.
Freiburg, who dropped to sixth place on 34 factors, slipped up initially with Kiliann Sildillia booked twice in three minutes to scale back his crew to 10 males within the seventeenth minute.
It didn’t take lengthy for Dortmund to make their benefit rely and former Freiburg defender Nico Schlotterbeck rifled in for the lead from the tightest of angles within the twenty sixth.
Dortmund had Freiburg firmly on the again foot however the guests struck in opposition to the run of play with Lucas Hoeler drilling in a free ball after the hosts had did not clear it close to the tip of the primary half.
Order nevertheless was shortly restored after the restart as Dortmund scored twice in a span of three minutes.
It was then Haller, again this 12 months after present process surgical procedures and therapy for testicular most cancers identified solely weeks after he had signed for the membership final July, who scored his first aggressive purpose for them, heading in a cross within the 51st.
Dortmund captain Marco Reus ought to have scored as effectively when he was left unmarked in entrance of purpose on the far publish within the fifty fifth, however he rattled the crossbar along with his shot.
Julian Brandt didn’t miss with a long-range effort that went in off the publish within the 69th, and Gio Reyna accomplished Freiburg’s demolition within the 82nd, after Freiburg coach Christian Streich was despatched off as effectively for dissent.