No Haaland but Dortmund are hunting Bayern

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The continued absence of star striker Erling Haaland has not prevented Borussia Dortmund moving to within a point of leaders Bayern Munich, thanks to a 2-1 win Bundesliga win over Augsburg.

Raphael Guerreiro, from the penalty spot, and Julian Brandt grabbed the goals for Dortmund either side of Andi Zeqiri's equaliser on Saturday to take them second in the table for at least 24 hours.

Bayer Leverkusen can reclaim second spot at Arminia Bielefeld on Sunday after Bayern Munich host Eintracht Frankfurt.

Norway's Haaland remains out with a muscle injury, having last played in the middle of September and Dortmund hope he'll be able to return after the international break.

But they didn't need their talisman and, after defeating Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League on Tuesday, seemed confident as Guerreiro opened the scoring from the spot in just 10 minutes after Jeffrey Gouweleeuw's foul on Donyell Male .

But Augsburg fought back well, Zeqiri notching the equaliser when best placed after Arne Maier struck the bar just before the break.

Augsburg also looked sharper after halftime but Brandt finish a slick counter-attack in the 51st with what turned out to be the winner.

Zeqiri had what looked like an immediate second leveller rightly disallowed for a foul and after a nervous finale, Dortmund claimed the points.

The match was watched by 41,000 fans, in a continued easing of coronavirus restrictions.

Dortmund lost last week to Borussia Monchengladbach, who continued their recovery from a poor start with a 3-1 win at 10-man Wolfsburg.

Breel Embolo and Jonas Hofmann struck in the opening seven minutes for Gladbach, who are up to eighth, and Joe Scally made the points safe in injury-time.

Wolfsburg, who fell to fifth, replied through Luca Waldschmidt but Maxence Lacroix's red card in conceding a penalty missed by Lars Stindl effectively cost them their chance of a comeback.

RB Leipzig bounced back from their midweek Champions League loss by grinding out a 3-0 win over second-bottom Bochum in the late game.

After some whistles following a goalless first half, Andre Silva headed the opener from a 69th minute corner seconds after coming off the bench.

Christopher Nkunku immediately doubled the lead and added another before the end to put a slightly misleading gloss on the final score.

Leipzig are now seventh but last season's runners-up remain off the pace of the leaders.

VfB Stuttgart beat local rivals Hoffenheim 3-1 in a mid-table encounter while Freiburg went third with a 2-1 success at struggling Hertha Berlin, who insisted Pal Dardai would remain as coach.

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