Arminia Bielefeld 1-3 Borussia Dortmund: Jude Bellingham scores an impressive second league goal of the season as the visitors ignore Erling Haaland’s injury to stay in touch with the Bundesliga top
- Borussia Dortmund are one point away from the top of the Bundesliga after the victory
- Marco Rose’s team beat minnows Arminia Bielefeld, scoring three goals
- Jude Bellingham got it right, while Emre Can and Mats Hummels also scored
Borussia Dortmund scored first-half goals through Emre Can and Mats Hummels before a sensational effort from Jude Bellingham closed out a 3-1 victory at Arminia Bielefeld on Saturday.
Playing without striker Erling Haaland, who was sidelined for several weeks with a hip injury, Dortmund never struggled, claiming a seventh league win in nine games.
They remain in second place with 21 points, one adrift of Bayern Munich that beat Hoffenheim 4-0.
Borussia Dortmund stayed in touch with the Bundesliga summit after beating Arminia Bielefeld
Jude Bellingham (second from right) scored a third for Dortmund, and his second of the season
Following Ajax’s 4-0 midweek demolition of Dortmund, the Ruhr Valley club was desperate to make amends despite a half-dozen players missing at the top of Haaland.
“Overall it was a deserved victory and it was a good reaction (to the midweek loss),” said Dortmund coach Marco Rose.
“It was a bit difficult at the beginning of the game, but we controlled it better in the second half and that third goal ended the game,” he said. “I wish I had a clean sheet after that.”
Arminia Bielefeld: Ortega, Brunner (Ramos 46), Pieper, Nilsson, Fernandes (Wimmer 64), Kunze, Prietl, Laursen (Czyborra 74), Schopf, Hack (Kruger 74), Serra (Klos 46)
Unused subs: Lasme, Okugawa, Andrade, Schulz
Goals: Klos 87 (P)
Manager: Frank Kramer
Borussia Dortmund: Kobel (Hitz 46), Akanji, Pongracic, Hummels (Maloney 88), Wolf, Can (Witsel 76), Bellingham, Hazard, Brandt (Reinier 76), Reus, Malen (Tigges 66)
Unused subs: Passlack, Knauff, Papadopoulous
Goals: Can 31 (P), Hummels 45, Bellingham 72
Manager: Marco Rose
Emre Can coldly opened the scoring from the penalty spot shortly after half an hour
Mats Hummels hooked home an effort just before the break to put Dortmund firmly in control
Dortmund have conceded more goals in the Bundesliga this season than humble Bielefeld who has yet to win a match.
They had a couple of early chances through Donyell Malen, but Bielefeld got even closer when Janni Serra pounced on an error by defender Marin Pongracic but couldn’t beat goalkeeper Gregor Kobel.
Dortmund opened the scoring with a 31-minute penalty from Can before doubling their lead at halftime with an impressive 20-meter volley from defender Hummels.
Defender Hummels let fly from outside the area and the ball found the net for the second
Dortmund are just one point behind leaders Bayern Munich in the exciting title race
Central defender Hummels became the only active Bundesliga player to score at least one goal in the last 14 seasons.
Bellingham clinched all three points in the 73rd minute, dribbled past three players, and then delightfully outscored goalkeeper Stefan Ortega for a remarkable goal from the 18-year-old.
A late penalty from Fabian Klos reduced the hosts’ deficit, but they are still on the second floor with five points.