BERLIN: Bayern Munich’s Bundesliga title celebrations were put on ice after Erling Haaland scored in the 5th minute of injury time for Borussia Dortmund to beat Fortuna Dusseldorf 1-0 on Saturday.
Dortmund’s last-gasp win cut the gap behind Bayern to 4 points ahead of the 7-time defending champion’s late game against visiting Borussia Mönchengladbach. Just three rounds remain after this weekend.
Dortmund labored for long periods in Dusseldorf, where Achraf Hakimi missed the visitors’ biggest chance in a one-on-one with goalkeeper Florian Kastenmeier, who also had little difficulty dealing with Julian Brandt’s effort.
Raphael Guerreiro thought he’d equalized in the 65th, when he finished off a counterattack with a volley past Kastenmeier. However, the goal was ruled out through VAR after he was adjudged to have controlled the ball with his arm.
Dusseldorf substitute Steven Skrzybski struck the post twice in the closing stages.
But it was to be another substitute, the 19-year-old Haaland, who powered home a header from Manuel Akanji’s cross in the 95th minute to keep alive Dortmund’s slim title hopes. Bayern’s goal difference is vastly superior to Dortmund’s so a draw would have been little use to Lucien Favre’s side.
The Swiss coach appeared to injure himself in the celebrations.
Last-placed Paderborn was virtually relegated in a 5-1 defeat at home to Werder Bremen, which moved just behind Dusseldorf on goal difference. Dusseldorf is 3rd from bottom in the relegation playoff place. Paderborn has 20 points, while Bremen and Dusseldorf have 28.
Also, Hertha Berlin was to rue Dedryck Boyata’s sending off before the break as Eintracht Frankfurt came from behind to win 4-1, while city rival Union Berlin boosted its survival hopes beating Cologne 2-1.
Also, Freiburg came from behind to draw in Wolfsburg 2-2.