The title aspirations of Borussia Dortmund suffered yet another blow in the Allianz Arena when Erling Haaland was forced off in pain in the second half of Der Klassiker against Bayern Munich.
The Norwegian sensation and BVB went into the clash on Tuesday needing a win to close the gap on Bayern at the top of the table, after both teams posted back-to-back wins in their first two fixtures since the return of the German top flight in May.
Yet, in the first 45 minutes when Joshua Kimmich ‘s shot looped over Roman Burki and into the net to open the scoring, Dortmund’s hopes were dealt a blow.
When Haaland limped off the pitch with a knee injury, their hopes of taking anything out of the clash were made to look even more distant by midway through the second half.
The forward pulled up in some pain with 70 minutes on the clock, though he initially tried to continue with his side trying to rebound from 1-0 down.
But after chasing out of action a Jadon Sancho cross, Haaland went to the floor and it soon became clear that he would not take any further part in the encounter.
Coach Lucien Favre from Dortmund sent Giovanni Reyna, who was already warming up in anticipation of a potential replacement, to the field, while Haaland limped behind Bavaria ‘s goal and slowly made his way to the bench.
Shortened from their star forward, visitors were unable to find a way through and sunk to a 1-0 loss that could prove crucial as the season’s end looks high.
Favre announced the Norway star had sustained a knee injury after the match, but he was hopeful that if any, Haaland wouldn’t miss much.
With 10 goals in just 12 league appearances since the Red Bull Salzburg switch was made in January, the potency of the youngster in front of the net was key to keeping BVB ‘s crown challenge alive.