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.
Mahmoud 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.
“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.