Erling Haaland’s miss from a few yards out against FC Cologne caused a significant uproar after Dortmund’s 2-1 defeat on Saturday.
The Norwegian striker failed to score in the dying minutes of the game and had he scored Dortmund would be third on the table, rather than fourth behind Bayer Leverkusen by one point.
However, it wasn’t the miss which his manager, Lucien Favre, was critical of. Rather, it was his overall urgency in the game. Favre said, “Erling moved too little, made too few runs in deep.”
Prior to the game against Cologne, Haaland had 12 goals in his last 7 appearances for the club. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to replicate this form when needed on Saturday.
Haaland will now look forward to the crucial UEFA Champions League tie against Lazio on Wednesday. The Serie A club visits the Signal Iduna Park and will look to replicate their performance in the return fixture in October.
In that game, Haaland’s sole goal for Dortmund wasn’t enough to get a result for his side in a 3-1 loss. The 2020 Golden Boy winner has scored in every game of the UCL’s group stage so far, with 2 goals each in the last 2 fixtures.