Borussia Dortmund edged past Arminia Bielefeld 1-0 on Sunday, with top striker Erling Haaland making a comeback from injury, to cut the gap to Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich to seven points, with a game in hand.
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Haaland, a transfer target for almost every major European club this season, made his comeback just past the hour, having been out since January with an adductor injury. U.S. international Giovanni Reyna also came off the bench to make his own return from injury, having missed three weeks with a hamstring issue.
After last week's draw with Augsburg that followed their Europa League exit, the win was much-needed good news for coach Marco Rose. Dortmund move to 53 points, with Bayern on 60.
Dortmund can further cut the gap on Wednesday when they meet Mainz 05 in a match postponed from last week because of COVID-19 cases in the Mainz team.
Bayer Leverkusen are third on 45 following their 1-0 loss to Cologne.