Haaland sacks Dortmund ahead of Leipzig, Schalke ends winless race

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Erling Braut Haaland scored twice on Saturday as Borussia Dortmund won 3-1 over RB Leipzig, who missed the opportunity to take Bundesliga top spot from Bayern Munich, while Schalke beat Hoffenheim to avoid a 31st consecutive championship game without a win. .

The result means Bayern remain two points ahead of second-placed Leipzig despite a 3-2 loss to Borussia Moenchengladbach on Friday, while Dortmund are five points behind European champions in fourth.

Haaland is the first player to score 25 goals in his first 25 Bundesliga games and the 20-year-old has now scored 35 goals in 34 games in all competitions for Dortmund.

England winger Jadon Sancho scored his second goal in as many games shooting at home in the 55th minute after Haaland’s cross was skillfully pushed back in his way by captain Marco Reus.

Haaland directed a cross from Sancho to put Dortmund 2-0 with 19 minutes remaining.

The Norwegian then threw himself on Reus’ defensive pass in the 84th minute to score his second goal, before Alexander Sorloth scored a late consolation for Leipzig.

“This win is doing us a lot of good,” said Dortmund midfielder Emre Can, who admitted that the weeks since head coach Lucien Favre’s sacking last month following a beating 5 -1 by Stuttgart were “not so easy”.

However, the victory could have come at a cost as midfielder Axel Witsel was helped after half an hour with an ankle injury.

Dortmund were the only top-four team to win this weekend, with third-placed Bayer Leverkusen being held to a 1-1 draw by Werder Bremen and now four points behind Bayern.

– Schalke avoids unwanted recordings –

Earlier, Schalke avoided an unwanted record as American teenager Matthew Hoppe netted a hat-trick in a 4-0 shot against Hoffenheim to lift his side from the bottom of the table.

“I was able to take my chances,” Hoppe said after becoming the first American to score a Bundesliga hat-trick.

“Winning will give us confidence and momentum. There are 19 games left, we hope to be able to stay in the Premier League. ”

After suffering a streak of 30 league games without a win, the Royal Blues enjoyed their first Bundesliga success in just under a year, as 19-year-old Hoppe converted three chances created by Moroccan Amine Harit, who scored the fourth goal.

After only his second game at the helm, Schalke coach Christian Gross praised Hoppe and the “exceptional” display by goalkeeper Ralf Faehrmann.

“We have to build on the result. There are still a lot of tough games to come, ”added Gross, with Bayern Munich, who crushed Schalke 8-0 on Matchday 1 of the season, visiting Gelsenkirchen in two weeks.

Before that, however, Schalke visited the middle table of Eintracht Frankfurt and welcomed his fellow wrestlers to Cologne.

Mainz replaced Schalke at the bottom of the table after a 2-0 home loss to Frankfurt.

Tasmania Berlin, which played 31 games without a win in the 1965/66 season, retains the Bundesliga record for the longest run without a win.

Hoffenheim were missing 11 players due to injury or suspension, while the hosts were coached by Sead Kolasinac who made his first appearance at Schalke since returning to the club on loan from Arsenal.

Hoppe broke the deadlock with a deft chip just before the break, then doubled the lead in the 57th minute when Harit’s pass again put him behind defense to calmly bypass Hoffenheim goalkeeper Oliver Baumann and insert in an empty net.

The American completed his hat trick just past the hour mark when he was put into space by another sublime pass from Harit to score with another dinked finish.

Harit completed the rout by hitting a shot in the lower corner 10 minutes from the time.

After losses against Bayern and Frankfurt, Leverkusen drew with Bremen despite Patrik Schick’s equalizer after Omer Toprak put Bremen in the lead with a free kick.

Union Berlin are fifth after a 2-2 home draw with Wolfsburg, which saw Maximilian Arnold sent off just after the break.

Freiburg set a new club record of five consecutive league wins, which saw them drop from 14th to eighth in the table, with a 5-0 hammering from Cologne.

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