Dortmund fight back in Frankfurt to trim Bayern’s lead

Published January 10, 2022
FRANKFURT: Eintracht Frankfurt’s Rafael Santos Borre (R) shoots to score during the Bundesliga match against Borussia Dortmund at the Deutsche Bank Park.—Reuters
FRANKFURT: Eintracht Frankfurt’s Rafael Santos Borre (R) shoots to score during the Bundesliga match against Borussia Dortmund at the Deutsche Bank Park.—Reuters

BERLIN: Jude Bellingham and Mahmoud Dahoud scored late goals as Borussia Dortmund came from behind to seal a dramatic 3-2 win at Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday and cut Bayern Munich’s lead to six points at the top of the Bundesliga.

“We reacted well throughout the second half and got an awesome, emotional win,” said Dortmund defender Mats Hummels.

Eintracht raced into an early 2-0 lead with Colombia striker Rafael Borre scoring both goals before Dortmund pulled one back with 19 minutes left.

“The word ‘stability’ has to be at the top of our list if we want to have a chance of winning anything this season,” Hummels admitted, referring to the goals conceded.

Erling Haaland sparked Dortmund’s recovery by setting up Thorgan Hazard to halve the deficit.

Bellingham levelled with four minutes left by heading past Frankfurt goalkeeper Kevin Trapp before Dahoud curled in the winner from the edge of the area just before the final whistle.

Earlier, Togo striker Ihlas Bebou struck twice as Hoffenheim also fought back to claim a 3-1 home win against Augsburg to climb to third.

Augsburg took an early lead through a header by Michael Gregoritsch before Bebou converted a pair of crosses to put Hoffenheim ahead, with defender David Raum bagging their third goal in stoppage time.

The win allowed Hoffenheim to leapfrog both Freiburg and Leverkusen, who drew at home to Arminia Bielefeld and Union Berlin respectively.

Patrik Schick’s 17th goal of the season wasnt enough for Leverkusen, who were fortunate to emerge with a 2-2 draw against Union Berlin as the visitor twice hit the post late on.

Freiburg, who spent the league’s winter break in third place, drew against relegation-threatened Bielefeld 2-2 despite scoring first through Janik Haberer and Jeong Woo-yeong.

Portugal striker Andre Silva scored twice as hosts RB Leipzig overcame a host of coronavirus infections to beat 10-man Mainz 05 4-1.

The win saw Leipzig climb to eighth in the table while Greuther Fuerth remain bottom after a goalless draw at home to VfB Stuttgart.

Published in Dawn, January 10th, 2022

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