Haaland sparks Dortmund in Bundesliga

Erling Haaland has bagged a double in Borussia Dortmund's 3-1 Bundesliga win over Mainz.
Erling Haaland has bagged a double in Borussia Dortmund's 3-1 Bundesliga win over Mainz.

Erling Haaland has returned from injury to bag a brace as Borussia Dortmund went top of the Bundesliga with a 3-1 win over Mainz while fellow high-flyers Freiburg inaugurated their new stadium with a 1-1 draw against RB Leipzig.

Haaland smashed in a penalty after a stunning early goal from captain Marco Reus set the tone against mid-table Mainz on Saturday.

Jonathan Burkardt gave the visitors late hope but Haaland settled matters in injury-time with his ninth goal of the season.

Dortmund are two points clear of champions Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen, who meet in a Sunday thriller.

Freiburg, fourth on goal difference, could have joined Dortmund on their league-best 18 points but were held by last year's runners-up Leipzig in the first game held at the Europa-Park Stadium.

Union Berlin beat Wolfsburg 2-0 to go fifth, Hertha Berlin took a much-needed win 2-1 at Eintracht Frankfurt and Bochum won 1-0 at fellow promoted side Greuther Fuerth to exit the bottom three.

In the late game Borussia Moenchengladbach were held 1-1 by a VfB Stuttgart side missing several players due to injury and a coronavirus outbreak.

Dortmund needed only three minutes to open the scoring against Mainz when Stefan Bell deflected a cross to Reus at the edge of the box.

Reus rifled his shot high into the top corner.

The home side's dominance was not rewarded with another goal until the 54th minute when a video review deemed Silvan Widmer handled in the box.

Haaland's penalty was not entirely convincing but found the net to mark his return from a thigh injury which had kept him out since the middle of last month.

"We missed him," Reus told Sky when asked about the 21-year-old Norwegian star.

"He's important for us as he always takes up two players. And scoring two goals in the comeback is great."

Burkhardt poked in three minutes from time to set up an exiting finale but Haaland converted after Jude Bellingham won the ball deep in the Mainz half to seal a well earned win.

Coach Marco Rose is now looking ahead to Dortmund's mid-week Champions League match with Ajax.

Meanwhile, Emil Forsberg - with a penalty - had the honour of scoring the first goal at Freiburg's new stadium but a stirring home comeback earned a point after the break.

Jeong Woo Yeong glanced in a free header to ensure Freiburg are the only unbeaten side in the Bundesliga even if late pressure could not find the second goal needed to keep pace with Dortmund.

Hoffenheim thrashed Cologne 5-0 on Friday while the Augsburg-Arminia Bielefeld clash concludes the round on Sunday.

Australian Associated Press