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Man City-bound Haaland bids Borussia Dortmund farewell with a goal

Erling Braut Haaland, who is to join Premier League club Manchester City, was on target as Dortmund beat Hertha on an emotional day at Signal Iduna Park.

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Erling Braut Haaland, who is to join Premier League club Manchester City, was on target as Dortmund beat Hertha on an emotional day at Signal Iduna Park.
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On a day of farewells for Borussia Dortmund, Erling Braut Haaland said goodbye with a goal as his team beat Hertha Berlin 2-0 at Signal Iduna Park.

Haaland is moving to Manchester City ahead of the 2022-23 season, with that move confirmed this week.

The 21-year-old – who joined Dortmund from Salzburg in 2019-20 – was presented with a wreath prior to kick-off on Saturday, as Dortmund faced Hertha in their final Bundesliga game of the season.

Club great Zorc also among Dortmund farewells

He was not the only player given an ovation before the match, with Axel Witsel and Dan-Axel Zagadou, who are leaving the club following the expiration of their contracts, and departing loanees Marin Pongracic and Reinier Jesus also paraded on the pitch, along with Marcel Schmelzer, who has retired.

Long-time sporting director Michael Zorc is also retiring, and was given a huge send-off by the Dortmund crowd.

The enthusiasm in the stands was not initially matched on the pitch, as relegation-threatened Hertha took an 18th-minute lead through Ishak Belfodil’s penalty.

However, Haaland got his farewell goal with 22 minutes of normal time remaining, coolly slamming in an 86th Dortmund strike from the spot, in what was his 89th appearance for the club.

Zagadou and Witsel were both subbed off with the game winding down and, fittingly, it was the latter’s replacement who netted Dortmund’s winner.

Marco Rose insisted Dortmund would “not stop playing football” in the wake of Haaland’s departure and 17-year-old Youssoufa Moukoko showed the future is bright as he converted from Jude Bellingham’s sublime pass.

Haaland was able to enjoy a standing ovation as he made way, with Dortmund’s 2-1 victory also ensuring Hertha will be in the relegation play-off.

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