Wolfsburg 0-2 Borussia Dortmund: Erling Haaland scores twice for win despite Jude Bellingham red

Wolfsburg 0-2 Borussia Dortmund: Jude Bellingham sent off but Erling Haaland scores twice to keep visitors’ Champions League qualification hopes alive

Striker Erling Haaland scored twice to give Borussia Dortmund a crucial 2-0 victory at third-placed VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday, boosting his side’s chances of a top-four finish with three games left in the season.

Haaland, who has now scored 38 goals in his first 41 Bundesliga matches, a run matched only by Uwe Seeler back in the 1950s, pounced on a defensive error in the 12th minute to put the visitors ahead.

Playing with 10 men from the 59th minute following the second booking of Jude Bellingham, Dortmund struck again with Haaland. 

Wolfsburg 0-2 Borussia Dortmund: Erling Haaland scores twice for win despite Jude Bellingham red

Erling Haaland scored both goals as Borussia Dortmund beat Wolfsburg 2-0 for a crucial win

Wolfsburg 0-2 Borussia Dortmund: Erling Haaland scores twice for win despite Jude Bellingham red

Jude Bellingham was sent off after two yellow cards for the first time in his professional career

MATCH FACTS 

Wolfsburg (4-2-3-1): Casteels; Mbabu (Bialek 65), Lacroix, Brooks, Otavio; Schlager, Arnold; Baku, Philipp (Brekalo 65), Gerhardt (Mehmedi 81); Weghorst

Subs not used: Pervan (GK); Victor, Pongracic, Roussillon, Guilavogui, Ginczek

Bookings: Otavio

Manager: Oliver Glasner

Borussia Dortmund (4-2-3-1): Hitz; Piszczesk, Akanji, Can, Guerreiro; Bellingham, Dahoud; Reyna (Hazard 69), Reus (Meunier 81), Sancho (Delaney 60); Haaland

Subs not used: Burki (GK); Reinier, Schulz, Brandt, Tigges, Morey

Goals: Haaland 12, 68

Bookings:  Meunier

Red: Bellingham

Manager: Edin Terzic

Referee: Tobias Stieler

Playing with 10 men from the 59th minute following the second booking of Jude Bellingham, Dortmund struck again with Haaland.

Mo Dahoud picked up the ball in his own half and sent the forward on a quick break in the 68th with the 20-year-old beating keeper Coen Kasteels to take his season tally to 25 league goals.

The Norway international, the first player in the club’s history to score twice in 10 league games in one season, is seen as likely to leave if Dortmund fail to qualify for the Champions League. 

Wolfsburg 0-2 Borussia Dortmund: Erling Haaland scores twice for win despite Jude Bellingham red

Haaland opened the scoring after 12 minutes to give Dortmund the perfect start at Wolfsburg

Wolfsburg 0-2 Borussia Dortmund: Erling Haaland scores twice for win despite Jude Bellingham red

And the Norwegian made it 25 for the season in the league in the second half to secure the win

Wolfsburg 0-2 Borussia Dortmund: Erling Haaland scores twice for win despite Jude Bellingham red

Wolfsburg were unable to take advantage of playing with an extra man for the last 30 minutes

Wolfsburg 0-2 Borussia Dortmund: Erling Haaland scores twice for win despite Jude Bellingham red

The win leaves Dortmund in fifth and still in with a chance of Champions League qualification

‘Three or four weeks ago we were 11 points behind Wolfsburg and now it is just two points,’ Dortmund defender Manuel Akanji said. ‘We are not giving up and we want to win every game left. Then I think it will be enough (to make the Champions League).’

The Ruhr valley club move up to 55 points in fifth place, one behind Eintracht Frankfurt, in action later at Bayer Leverkusen, and two off Wolfsburg, in third.

The top four teams qualify for the Champions League group stage.

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