Ice-cold Haaland scores twice as Dortmund run riot | Daily News

Ice-cold Haaland scores twice as Dortmund run riot

Leipzig's Hungarian defender Willi Orban (L) celebrates with teammates scoring during the German first division Bundesliga football match RB Leipzig vs FC Schalke 04 on October 3. AFP
Leipzig's Hungarian defender Willi Orban (L) celebrates with teammates scoring during the German first division Bundesliga football match RB Leipzig vs FC Schalke 04 on October 3. AFP

BERLIN: Erling Braut Haaland once again demonstrated ‘ice-cold’ finishing by netting twice on Saturday as Borussia Dortmund climbed to third in the Bundesliga table with a 4-0 demolition of Freiburg.

“He is our centre forward, that’s what he’s paid for, but he’s ice cold,” Dortmund captain Marco Reus said of Haaland’s latest haul in front of 11,500 people - the biggest Bundesliga crowd since Covid-19 hit Germany in March.

“He will always score - no matter how well or badly he is playing.” Dortmund bounced back from last weekend’s shock defeat at Augsburg as Haaland shone to leave him on 21 goals in 23 games for Dortmund since his January transfer. “Not bad, it could have been more,” said Haaland drily. Having also scored in Wednesday’s German Super Cup 3-2 defeat at Bayern Munich, the 20-year-old has netted five goals in as many games this season.

“There are already a few creatures like him, but he’s a real beast in front of goal,” said Freiburg captain Christian Guenter with grudging admiration.

“The first big chance he gets, goes in.”

Dortmund were missing England winger Jadon Sancho and goalkeeper Roman Buerki, both recovering from illness having tested negative for the coronavirus. Reus made his first start for eight months after injury.

US teenager Giovanni Reyna, who set up Dortmund’s first three goals, was outstanding. AFP