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Erling Haaland laments his wastefulness in Dortmund’s Klassiker loss

Erling Haaland, Borussia Dortmund
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Borussia Dortmund fell to a 3-2 Klassiker defeat to rivals Bayern Munich on Saturday, leaving Erling Haaland to rue his wastefulness.

Haaland has conceded that he must become more clinical after wasting opportunities in Dortmund’s defeat to Bayern at Signal Iduna Park.

The 20-year-old did good in holding the ball up and making some good runs off the ball, but his final product was lacking despite scoring late on for his sixth Bundesliga goal of the 2020/21 campaign.

He actually missed the target three times before his goal and wasted further opportunities through a mistimed run or misplaced pass.

The match officials in Germany even flagged him for offside three times.

“I have to score more goals,” admitted Haaland as quoted on France24. “If we don’t put our chances away at this level, then we won’t win.”

Marco Reus had put Dortmund ahead in the 45th-minute of the first-half before David Alaba’s deflected shot resulted in an injury-time equalizer for Bayern ahead of half-time.

Lucas Hernandez then picked out Robert Lewandowski for the Bavarians’ second goal before the Pole set-up Leroy Sane to double their lead.

Haaland later rounded Manuel Neuer to reduce Dortmund’s deficit, but it proved to be only a mere consolation goal. Had Lewandowski not had an injury-time goal disallowed by VAR for offside, the defeat would’ve been graver.

“[Bayern] are the best team in the world and we have to work harder to take the next step to be as good as them,” Haaland added.