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Haaland spares Dortmund blushes in Hoffenheim draw

Berlin (AFP) – A late equaliser from Erling Braut Haaland spared Borussia Dortmund’s blushes on Saturday as they were held to a 2-2 draw at home to Bundesliga rivals Hoffenheim. 

Haaland’s 81st minute strike averted a fourth defeat in five Bundesliga games for crisis-hit Dortmund.

Yet interim coach Edin Terzic remains under pressure with his side three points adrift of the Champions League places in sixth. 

England international Jadon Sancho gave Dortmund a perfect start, racing up the left-wing to score his fourth league goal this season on 24 minutes.

Yet the lead didn’t last long, as Munas Dabbur scuffed a shot past Marwin Hitz to level the scores just seven minutes later. 

Ihlas Bebou bundled in Hoffenheim’s second just after half-time, the ball bouncing off the Togolese and back into the goal as Hitz tried to beat away a dangerous cross from the left wing.

Haaland had a goal ruled out for offside in the second half before pouncing on a misplaced pass to snatch a crucial late equaliser.

Fellow Champions League hopefuls Bayer Leverkusen also dropped points after they conceded two late goals to draw 2-2 with strugglers Mainz.

Lucas Alario tapped in a low Moussa Diaby cross to give Leverkusen the lead on 14 minutes, and Patrik Schick appeared to seal three points with a second on 84 minutes.

Yet second-from bottom Mainz were rewarded for a brave performance as late goals from Robert Glatzel and Kevin Stoeger saw them save a point and continue their recent return to form. 

Elsewhere, Werder Bremen were held to a 0-0 draw at home to Freiburg while Sami Khedira helped rescue a 1-1 draw for Hertha Berlin against boyhood club Stuttgart. 

Austrian striker Sasa Kalajdzic headed in his ninth goal of the season to give Stuttgart the lead at the end of a scrappy first half. 

Yet Khedira, who joined Hertha from Juventus in January, came off the bench in the second-half and set up a late equaliser for 17-year-old Luca Netz and save the capital club from a fifth straight defeat.  

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