Erling Haaland ended his four-match draw to help Borussia Dortmund beat Werder Bremen 4-1 and reduce the distance to the Bundesliga Champions League qualifiers on Sunday.
Dortmund took advantage of Eintracht’s defeat in Frankfurt in fourth place against Borussia Monchengladbach the day before to move four points behind Frankfurt with five games of the season.
Dortmund, who were knocked out of the Champions League quarter-finals by Manchester City on Wednesday, also have a semi-final for the German Cup against second-division Holstein Kiel on 1 May.
Dortmund coach Edin Terzic made two changes to the team, which lost 2-1 to City on Wednesday, bringing in Gio Reina and Julian Brand for Emre Can and Ansgar Knauf, who fell on the bench.
Florian Kochfeld made a number of changes to the team, which lost 4-1 at home to Leipzig last weekend.
One of them, Milot Rashitsa opened the scoring in the 14th minute when Maximilian Egestein played it with a brilliant pass from the midfield. Mats Hummels failed to stop the speedy Rashitsa, who shot low into the far post.
But Reina equalized with a thunderbolt inside the upper right corner from near the penalty area in the 29th, shortly before Kevin Möwald from Bremen awarded a penalty for a foul by Marco Reus.
Haaland duly scored from a place in the 24th. This was his first goal in April, ending his uncharacteristic fruitless run.
Haaland is unlikely to get an easier finish for his second goal four minutes later, when Bremen’s defense failed to cope with a cross from the Rhine and left the tall striker completely free in the far post to join.
The Norwegian could have had a hat-trick, but Bremen goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka reached his shot with his fingertips at the beginning of the second half and he had a late goal, excluded for offside.
Theodor Gebre Selassie failed to stop Hummels with his head from an angle crossing the line in the 87th.
Egestein’s efforts outside the crossbar were closest to the visitors in the second half.
The other Bundesliga match on Sunday between Mainz and Hertha Berlin was suspended due to a COVID-19 outbreak in Hertha.