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Bundesliga Matchweek 31: 4 of the best highlights

Late goals were the order of the weekend, as Bayern’s march to the title rolled on and Schalke’s winless run continued. Take a look back at an entertaining weekend of Bundesliga football.

Haaland proves his clutch credentials

Erling-Braut Haaland delayed Bayern Munich’s victory parade till at least Tuesday evening after nodding home a late winner against Dusseldorf. The Norwegian was introduced on the hour mark and made his impact deep into stoppage time, five minutes in fact. Haaland broke Dusseldorf hearts after glancing on Manuel Akanji’s whipped delivery into the far corner. The ensuing celebrations even caused manager Lucien Favre to pull a calf muscle! The Bundesliga title race might be over, but Dortmund can still end the Bundesliga season strongly.

Haaland has now netted 11 times in only 12 Bundesliga appearances after arriving for an astute Β£18 million in January. The young striker played a part in a goal that was ruled out for offside, as Raphael Guerriero handled the ball after finishing. Die Flingeraner missed out on a vital point, who now sit above Werder Bremen but level on points with their relegation rivals, who romped to a 5-1 win over Paderborn.

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Six pointer? Six goal thriller!

Werder Bremen could put Bundesliga.2 club in waiting Paderborn to the sword on Saturday with a more than comfortable victory. The reverse fixture in December offered up very much the opposite, with Paderborn nabbing three points late on through a Sven Michel goal. The forward couldn’t make the same impact at the other end at the Benteler Arena.

Bremen atoned for Josip Brekalo’s missed penalty with goals in quick succession from Yuyo Osako’s goal and a Davy Klaassen brace all before half time. Max Eggestein coolly placed his effort into the roof of the net 15 minutes into the second half, while Abdelhamid Sabiri’s consolation late on was dampened further when Niclas Fullkrug put the cherry on the cake in stoppage time. Florian Kohfeldt’s side still sit in the relegation play-off spot, but as said are gaining on Fortuna’s unfortunate slip up.

Closing in on eight

Dortmund’s late win also had ramifications at the helm of the Bundesliga too. Bayern Munich knew they needed a win before Saturday to fulfill their side of the bargain in order to lift the ‘Meisterschale’ for the eighth successive time. But Haaland’s goal means that Bayern will need to wait until Tuesday to secure the league.

Leon Goretzka’s late tap now means Die Roten require only one win from the remaining three matches to win the title. The German midfielder built on his Man of the Match display last week against Bayer Leverkusen in a match where both sides were halted by injuries and suspensions, particularly in the attacking department. Benjamin Pavard’s own goal set up a grand-stand finish, not before Robert Lewandowski replacement Joshua Zirkzee opened the scoring after a poor out pass from goalkeeper Yann Sommer.

Brakes put on for Hertha

The capital’s big club have been on the rise after Bundesliga football returned. Not including Saturday’s loss, they had only lost once in five games since the return. Hertha are looking to rebuild in the wake of Jurgen Klinsmann’s short yet cataclysmic mid-season spell in charge.

Marquee signing Krystof Piatek was able to manoeuvre through the 18-yard box to net early on, but Dedryck Boyata’s dismissal sounded the death knell for any chances of three points for the home outfit. Playing most of the game without the ex-Celtic centre half allowed for numerical advantage for Adi Hutter’s men. Andre Silva picked up his ninth and tenth Bundesliga goals, the former a demonstration of poetry in motion with the help of Daichi Kamada. Bas Dost and Evan N’Dicka added their name to the scoresheet and propel Die Adler above their competitors in eleventh.

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Ryan is a Liverpool fan and has previously featured on The Irish World, the Hillingdon Times and Franchise Sports

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