Big win for Dortmund, draws for Lazio and Zenit

Borussia Dortmund is the only team of Club Brugge's three Champions League opponents who bagged all three points this weekend. Thomas Meunier's side crushed Feiburg 4-0. Lazio and Zenit had to settle for a 1-1 draw against, respectively, Inter and Spartak Moscow.

Dortmund - Freiburg 4-0

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On Saturday Dortmund hosted mid-table side Freiburg, an ideal fixture to wash away the defeat of the German Supercup against Bayern and last week's loss against Augsburg. Dortmund opened the scoring on the half-hour mark. Who else but Erling Haaland fired home on a pass by Reyna. Just before the half-time whistle Meunier and Hummels were thwarted by the Freiburg goalkeeper, but immediately after the break the hosts doubled their lead. Emre Can headed in powerful on a corner kick by Reyna. In the second half Belgian international Axel Witsel was unlucky with his finishing, but not so for Haaland who scored his second just past the hour. The Norwegian talent rifled it into the roof of the goal on - again - an assist by Reyna. Deep into stoppage time Haaland could have had his hat-trick, but the forward passed it to Felix Passlack who tapped in easily.

 

Lucien Favre's team holds fifth place at the moment after having gathered six points out of three games. Leipzig, Augsburg and Frankfurt lead the pack with seven points. (KN)

Borussia Dortmund
Borussia Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund: Hitz, Can, Hummels, Akanji, Meunier (84’ Schulz), Bellingham (71’ Delaney), Witsel, Guerreiro (84’ Passlack), Reus (71’ Brandt), Reyna (80’ Reinier), Haaland.
Goals: 31’ Haaland (1-0), 47’ Can (2-0), 66’ Haaland (3-0), 92’ Passlack (4-0).

Lazio - Inter 1-1

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Lazio entertained league leader Inter Milan at the Stadio Olimpico. Not an easy task for Simone Inzaghi's team that wanted to get something out of this game. It didn't come to a duel between the brothers Lukaku, because Jordan Lukaku didn't make the team selection for the home side. The game started off with a lot of misplaced passes which resulted in little to none goal threat. Lazio created the first danger with a heading chance by Correa and a shot by Alberto, but it was Inter that took the lead through Lautaro with their first real chance.

 

Antonio Conte's team started the second half best and almost doubled the lead when Romelu Lukaku fired at goal. But it was the home side that leveled the score. Former Genk player Milinkovic-Savic headed in the equaliser at the far post on a cross by Acerbi. Lazio got a confidence boost and created more danger through Alberto. The game degenerated following two red cards: Ciro Immobile took revenge on Vidal with a punch in the face and Sensi gave Patric a push. The top game ended undecided. Inter lost their maximum of the points and their top position. Lazio is currently halfway the table with 4 points out of three games. (VM) 

Lazio Roma
Lazio Roma

Lazio Roma: Strakosha, Radu (16’ Bastos, 46’ Parolo), Acerbi, Patric, Marušić (35’ Fares), Alberto (80’ Akpa Akpro), Leiva (80’ Escalante), Milinković-Savić, Lazzari, Immobile, Correa.
Goals: 30’ Martinez (0-1), 55’ Milinković-Savić (1-1).

Spartak Moskou - Zenit Sint-Petersburg 1-1

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With a game between Spartak and Zenit the pick of the basket of the Russian league faced each other. Both teams were at the top of the Premjer-Liga and that showed as they were evenly matched. For the hosts former AA Gent player Samuel Gigot was in the starting line-up. It took quite a while before the game really switched on. Halfway the second half Dzyuba feeded Aleksandr Erokhin who broke the deadlock for the visitors, but Spartak responded with an equaliser through Ponce just before the end.

Because of the draw, both teams are still top of the league after ten fixtures with Zenit on first position as they have a better goal difference. (SF)

Zenit Sint-Petersburg
Zenit Sint-Petersburg

Zenit: Kerzhakov, Karavaev, Lovren, Rakitskiy, Douglas Santos, Ozdoev (92’ Sutormin), Barrios, Erokhin, Mostovoy (72’ Azmoun), Dzyuba, Malcom (92’ Krugovoy).
Goals: 65’ Erokhin (0-1), 86’ Ponce (1-1).

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