Sports News | Haaland and Reyna back as Dortmund cut Bayern’s lead at the top

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Berlin, March 14 (AP) Erling Haaland and Gio Reyna returned from injury as Borussia Dortmund cut Bayern Munich’s Bundesliga lead to seven points with a 1-0 win over coronavirus-hit Arminia Bielefeld.

Marius Wolf’s first-half goal on Sunday was enough for Dortmund to inject some excitement back into the title race with eight rounds to go. Dortmund still have one game in progress against Bayern and can further reduce the nine-time defending champions’ lead to four points on Wednesday with a victory at Mainz in their postponed fixture.

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With Haaland and Reyna back in action, Dortmund fans will feel anything is possible. Dortmund manager Marco Rose sent on the two stars in the 62nd minute for Donny Malen and Thorgan Hazard.

Reyna fired just wide in the 82nd after combining well with Haaland, but neither could score the chance with a goal.

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Haaland, 21, was back after seven weeks out with a groin injury, while USA striker Reyna returned three weeks after leaving the pitch in tears amid fears he had suffered a recurrence of the hamstring injury that had forced him to miss most of the time. season. These fears were unfounded as the injury turned out to be less serious.

Dortmund had other injury problems with Mats Hummels, Raphäel Guerreiro and Marco Reus among the absentees, while Bielefeld was without six players and coach Frank Kramer due to coronavirus infections. Assistant coach Ilia Gruev replaced Kramer.

Wolf scored in the 21st minute when he turned Hazard’s cross after Jude Bellingham found the Belgian striker in plenty of space on the right.

INJURED WIRTZ

Bayer Leverkusen lost 1-0 at home to Cologne in their derby, but the loss was overshadowed by a serious injury to young German star Florian Wirtz.

Leverkusen later said an MRI showed 18-year-old Wirtz had torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and he would be out for several months.

Jeremie Frimpong also picked up the injury and was helped off the pitch after just 12 minutes before Wirtz was cheered on by both sets of supporters as he was carried off on a stretcher.

Kingsley Schindler’s second-half goal was enough to decide the game.

Moreover, Eintracht Frankfurt came from behind to beat Bochum 2-1 and Leipzig reclaimed fourth place – last for Champions League qualification – with a 6-1 rout of bottom-placed Greuther Fürth. PA

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