Nov. 22, 2020, 9:50 a.m.
Erling Haaland scored four goals and Youssoufa Moukoko became the youngest player in Bundesliga history as Borussia Dortmund beat Hertha Berlin 5-2 to go second on Saturday.
The build-up was all about Moukoko, who was eligible for his debut after turning 16 on Friday. But Haaland stole the show on a chilly night in Berlin before making way for the youngster’s 85th-minute debut.
“I think he is currently the greatest talent in the world. 16 years and one day is pretty amazing. He has a great career ahead of him, ”Haaland told ESPN of Moukoko. “I’m over 20, I’m getting old now. It’s like that.”
The first half was a fierce fight between two teams determined to close each other’s space. Dortmund dominated possession but struggled to find gaps in Hertha’s committed defense.
In contrast, Hertha’s Dodi Lukebakio had too much room when he leapt forward in the 33rd minute and Matheus Cunha let fly from outside the penalty area to break the deadlock.
It was a different story after the break. Haaland equalized very quickly when Emre Can sent a low cross to the far post for the Norwegian to convert from close range.
Hertha was still recovering when Julian Brandt skidded to the left and played a smart ball to prepare Haaland for his second in the 49th.
The Dortmund players suddenly seemed to find plenty of space and attacks from the visitors continued to occur.
A reckless pass from Marvin Plattenhardt led to Haaland’s third goal in the 62nd. Haaland edged out Omar Alderete and rounded the keeper to complete his hat trick.
Raphaël Guerreiro scored Dortmund’s fourth goal in the 70th.
Cunha pulled one out with a penalty in the 79th, but Haaland responded a minute later with his fourth, set up by 17-year-old Jude Bellingham.
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Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich fought back to draw Werder Bremen 1-1 as their streak of nine wins in all competitions came to an end.
Maximilian Eggestein sacked Bremen ahead of the break, but the visitors were unable to hold onto what would have been their first win against Bayern since a 5-2 win in Munich in September 2008.
Leon Goretzka crossed paths with Kingsley Coman to equalize in the 62nd minute.
Bayern had won their last 19 games against Bremen since a 0-0 draw in September 2010, and coach Hansi Flick started with Goretzka, Serge Gnabry and Joshua Kimmich on the bench, while Jamal Musiala, 17, made his first start.
Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, who conceded six goals in the Nations League loss Spain Tuesday, did well to deny Josh Sargent and even better when he chained to foil Ludwig Augustinsson of the rebound of the 16th.
Sargent resisted Martínez’s challenge and pulled the ball away for Eggestein to break the deadlock just before half-time.
Milot Rashica missed a good opportunity to make it 2-0 after the break, before Bayern finally responded. Goretzka passes for Coman to equalize at the near post.
Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky will not be able to forget his counter-goal which saw Arminia Bielefeld equalize without shooting on goal.
Hradecky slipped as he tried to return Daley Sinkgraven’s back pass. He only brushed the ball as he continued in his goal for Bielefeld to equalize early in the second half.
Luckily for the Finnish keeper, Aleksandar Dragovic scored late as unbeaten Leverkusen won 2-1.
Augsburg, at 10, also scored late to draw 1-1 at Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Schalke’s club record-breaking streak extended to 24 games after losing 2-0 to Wolfsburg, and Hoffenheim conceded late to draw Stuttgart 3-3.
Leipzig took place 1-1 at Eintracht Frankfurt and fell in fourth,
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