Erling Haaland scored twice and made two more as Borussia Dortmund exploded into the 2021/22 Bundesliga season with a 5-2 win over Eintracht Frankfurt.
Some 25,000 fans were in attendance at the Signal Iduna Park, but it sounded more like 80,000 when Marco Reus swept in following a bulldozing Haaland run to give Dortmund the lead. A bizarre Felix Passlack own goal cooled the party mood - the Dortmund right-back side-footed past Gregor Kobel from 18 yards as he attempted to contain Rafael Santos Borre's run - but normal service was resumed just past the half-hour mark. Axel Witsel - operating at centre-back - cut out a teasing cross, prompting a blistering transition up the middle of the pitch. Gio Reyna and Reus helped the ball on to Haaland, who set up Thorgan Hazard for 2-1. Haaland got in on the act soon after, toeing Reus's flick-on past Stefan Ilsanker before racing away and finishing under Kevin Trapp. Nico Schulz made Trapp work, and Reus had an chalked off as Die Schwarzgelben cantered into the half-time break.
Kobel preserved Dortmund's two-goal advantage with a fantastic save to deny Santos Borre's header soon after the restart, but that was about as good as it got for Frankfurt. Jude Bellingham had a goal-bound shot charged down, before BVB extended their advantage with less than an hour gone. A Haaland shot across goal was deflected into the path of Reyna, who - having instigated the melee with an effort of his own - reacted quickest to control and slot beyond Trapp. It got worse still for Frankfurt as Haaland completed his brace after latching onto a Reus through-ball, the 21-year-old's composed finish standing following a VAR review. Eintracht debutant Jens Petter Hauge's late strike was scant consolation as Marco Rose's Dortmund warmed up for Tuesday's Supercup showdown with defending champions Bayern Munich in style.
- Haaland has registered 42 goals and 14 assists in 44 Bundesliga appearances.
- Reus brought up his 100th Bundesliga goal as a Dortmund player. He's scored 136 times in the German top-flight, including his spell at Borussia Mönchengladbach.
- Reyna is in his second full season at BVB. He has made 48 Bundesliga appearances, producing five goals and seven assists.
- Dortmund have won their last eight Bundesliga matches in a row, equalling the club record set under Jürgen Klopp in 2011/12, when BVB last lifted the title. Goals in 33 successive league matches is also a new club best-mark.
- Frankfurt's Borre, Hauge and Jesper Lindstrom, and Dortmund duo Donyell Malen and Antonios Papadopoulos made their Bundesliga debuts.
- New Frankfurt coach Oliver Glasner has lost all five of his Bundesliga meetings with Dortmund.
Watch: Reyna on Haaland: "We're so happy to have him"
Dortmund: Kobel - Passlack, Akanji, Witsel (Papadopoulos 78'), Schulz - Bellingham (Delaney 73'), Dahoud - Hazard (Malen 73'), Reus (c) (Moukoko 87'), Reyna (Tigges 87') - Haaland
Unused subs: Hitz, Knauff, Wolf, Gürpüz
Out: Brandt (not included), Coulibaly (knee), Guerreiro (calf), Hummels (knee), Meunier (not included), Morey (knee), Schmelzer (knee), Wolf (ankle), Zagadou (knee)
Coach: Marco Rose
Frankfurt: Trapp - Ilsanker (Lenz 46'), Hinteregger, N'Dicka - da Costa, Sow, Hasebe (c) (Hrustic 69'), Kostic (Ache 86') - Kamada (Hauge 46'), Barkok (Lindstrom 46') - Borre
Unused subs: Ramaj, Younes, Tuta, Durm
Out: Rode (knee), Toure (thigh)
Coach: Oliver Glasner
Watch: Rose: "In my dream scenario we kept a clean sheet"