Arminia Bielefeld 1-3 Borussia Dortmund: Jude Bellingham nets stunning second league goal of the season as visitors shrug off Erling Haaland injury to keep in touch with the top of the Bundesliga
- Borussia Dortmund are one point off the top of the Bundesliga after the victory
- Marco Rose’s side brushed past minnows Arminia Bielefeld, scoring three goals
- Jude Bellingham was on target, while Emre Can and Mats Hummels also netted
Borussia Dortmund scored first-half goals through Emre Can and Mats Hummels before a sensational effort by Jude Bellingham wrapped up a 3-1 victory at Arminia Bielefeld on Saturday.
Playing without striker Erling Haaland, who is sidelined for several weeks with a hip injury, Dortmund were never troubled as they secured a seventh league win from nine matches.
They remain in second place with 21 points, one adrift of Bayern Munich who thumped Hoffenheim 4-0.
Borussia Dortmund stayed in touch with the Bundesliga summit after beating Arminia Bielefeld
Jude Bellingham (second from right) netted a third for Dortmund, and his second of the season
After Dortmund’s 4-0 midweek demolition by Ajax, the Ruhr valley club were desperate to make amends even though they were missing half a dozen players on top of Haaland.
‘Overall it was a deserved win and it was a good reaction (to the midweek loss),’ Dortmund coach Marco Rose said.
‘It was a bit rocky at the start of the game but we controlled it better in the second half and that third goal killed off the match,’ he said. ‘I would have wished to have kept 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)
Subs not used: 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)
Subs not used: Passlack, Knauff, Papadopoulous
Goals: Can 31 (P), Hummels 45, Bellingham 72
Manager: Marco Rose
Emre Can coolly opened the scoring from the penalty spot shortly after the half-hour mark
Mats Hummels hooked home an effort just before half-time to put Dortmund firmly in control
Dortmund have has conceded more Bundesliga goals this season than lowly Bielefeld who have yet to win a game.
They had a pair of early chances through Donyell Malen but Bielefeld came even closer when Janni Serra pounced on a mistake by defender Marin Pongracic but failed to beat keeper Gregor Kobel.
Dortmund opened the scoring with Can’s 31st minute penalty before they doubled their lead on the stroke of half-time with defender Hummels’ stunning 20-metre volley.
Defender Hummels let fly from just outside the box, and the ball found the net for the second
Dortmund are just one point behind leaders Bayern Munich in the enthralling race for the title
Central defender Hummels became the only active player in the Bundesliga to score at least one goal in the last 14 seasons.
Bellingham made sure of the three points in the 73rd minute, dribbling past three players and then delightfully chipping keeper Stefan Ortega for a remarkable goal by the 18-year-old.
A late penalty by Fabian Klos cut the deficit for the hosts but they remain second-bottom on five points.