A frustrating day at work for Erling Braut Haaland and Borussia Dortmund.
Borussia Dortmund suffered a surprise away loss to Freiburg on Saturday afternoon. Two early goals, one in each half by the home team, ensured that Erling Braut Haaland and his teammates had to leave the field empty-handed.
Judd Bellingham made the cut half an hour before the end of the game, but it wasn’t enough to secure points for the yellow-black.
Haaland, along with captain Marco Reus and several other Dortmund players, was having a poor day at work. Towards the end of the match, as the duo struggled to achieve anything in pursuit of a tie, Viasport expert Lars Tjærnås used harsh words to describe the efforts of Dortmund’s stars on Saturday.
– Reus and Haaland experienced a terrible lack of energy today by analogy at the highest level, was the honest judgement of Tjærnås.
Vincenzo Grifo sent the hosts up front with a dream free kick from close to 30 metres. The Italian hit the crossbar behind Gregor Kopel against Dortmund.
A great achievement. Getting that print out and putting it there is a very good thing, says Viasport expert Ron Bratseth in the studio during the break.
Shortly thereafter, Judd Bellingham had a great opportunity to equalize, but the finish alone with the goalkeeper went poorly to the goalkeeper.
Dortmund had a lot of ball in the first half, but generally struggled to play with good and big enough chances.
However, Bellingham sent a ball into the post after a corner kick. Soon, Freiburg got a dangerous counter-attack after a corner kick for Dortmund. Completely unattended from a distance of four meters, Woo-yeong Jeong’s finishing touch was oddly off-target.
Haaland was very unknown in Dortmund’s first 45 minutes of Saturday’s game. Unlike the series’ openers, coach Marco Rose chose to play with two forwards. Donyell Malen took a place next to the Norwegian up front, something Pratsith believes did not have a positive effect on Haaland.
– The best match this year was against Frankfurt, then Haaland played alone at the top. They’ve now played a few matches with a couple of strikers and that’s probably what Rose wants. He doesn’t give up easily, I think. He says I doubt he will change.
New cold shower for Dortmund
The second half did not start in a better way for Dortmund. The host team tightened their attack and Roland Sly scored second for Freiburg for the day.
From hurt to worst for Dortmund at the start of the second half, commentator Rohr Stock said.
Shortly thereafter, Dortmund got a good chance after Haaland stole a ball in the home team’s half. The Norwegian was more than ruthless, but the referee left the match. The die was given time and space, but hesitated a bit alone with the goalkeeper until he ran out of opportunity in the sand.
– It’s a clear free kick. Stokke is absolutely unbelievable by the referee, and Stokke commented after Haaland’s tough tackle like a hockey game before the chance.
The Norwegian striker was clearly disappointed with the team and his own efforts.
With just over half an hour to go, Dortmund reduced their own goal. Bellingham missed a short-range shot, but the ball hit Freiburg’s leg before it crossed Mark Flecken into the home side’s goal.
Halfway through the second half, Haaland got his first big chance in the match. The striker saved space and ran freely, but the finish went over the bar.
It ends in a weak one-time way, says Stokke.
– This is the first time he’s been able to get the right angle and turn right. “I think he was standing a lot with stops in the back that turned wrong,” added expert Lars Theranos.
Haaland also got a great opportunity after a free kick just before the end, but the striker did not catch the ball in front of him from a short distance.
Thus, both the Norwegian and Dortmund left the field empty-handed after Saturday’s game.
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