Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho inspire Borussia Dortmund to thrash Cologne

The Norwegian now has five goals in just two substitute appearances since his £18m move from RB Salzburg

Jack Rathborn
Saturday 25 January 2020 12:34
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Haaland and Sancho celebrate for Borussia Dortmund
Haaland and Sancho celebrate for Borussia Dortmund

Erling Haaland continued his sensational start to life at Borussia Dortmund with a double off the bench to help thrash Cologne 5-1.

The win moves Dortmund up to third place in the Bundesliga as they begin to hit form in the build-up to next month's Champions League tie with Paris Saint-Germain.

Haaland struck a hat-trick on his debut, also as a substitute, against Augsburg last Saturday and continued to prove his worth as one of the hottest players in Europe right now after his £18m move from RB Salzburg.

The Norwegian, who had been linked with a move to Manchester United, displayed his predatory instinct and cool head in the final 13 minutes here as Dortmund fizzed at the Westfalenstadion.

Raphael Guerreiro had put Dortmund ahead inside the opening minute after a neat cut-back by Jadon Sancho, and Marco Reus doubled the lead on the half-hour mark.

Sancho got on the scoresheet three minutes into the second half and after Mark Uth pulled one back for the visitors, Haaland emerged to continue his stunning run of form.

Dortmund's victory moved them back up to third place in the Bundesliga table, level on points with Bayern Munich and four behind leaders RB Leipzig.

Ante Rebic also came off the bench to score the only goal as Milan moved up to sixth place in Serie A with a hard-fought 1-0 win at struggling Brescia.

Haaland has enjoyed a dream start to life in Dortmund

Ernesto Torregrossa and Dimitri Bisoli both missed fine chances to give the hosts the lead before Rebic struck in the 71st minute to hand his side their fourth straight win in all competitions.

Third-placed Rennes failed to make significant ground on Marseille in Ligue 1 as they were held to a 1-1 draw in Nice.

Kasper Dolberg put the home side in front two minutes after the interval but after Mbaye Niang hit the woodwork, Flavien Tait grabbed a point for the visitors nine minutes from time.

Ruben Garcia's 81st-minute penalty and a later strike from Inigo Perez gave Osasuna a 2-0 win over Levante in their mid-table battle in LaLiga.

PA also contributed to this report

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