Haaland: It's like handball only affects Dortmund


Erling Haaland was frustrated to see Borussia Dortmund again fall victim to a controversial handball call despite his late winner against Fortuna Dusseldorf on Saturday.

Raphael Guerreiro had his second-half goal ruled out by VAR after Haaland's blocked shot appeared to loop up off the top of his arm before he volleyed home.

Dusseldorf twice hit the post before substitute Haaland headed home in the 95th minute to secure a 1-0 victory and ensure the Bundesliga title race remained alive, with head coach Lucien Favre injuring himself celebrating the dramatic goal.

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While the handball decision did not cost them on this occasion, they missed out on a potential penalty in a 1-0 defeat to leaders Bayern Munich last month when a shot from Norway international Haaland was deflected wide off the arm of Jerome Boateng.

In the following game against Paderborn, Dortmund conceded a penalty when Emre Can was adjudged to have handled the ball when sliding to block a shot from Mohamed Drager.

Asked about the decision to disallow Guerreiro's goal, Haaland said: "I haven't seen the replay yet, but I have the feeling this handball rule is currently only against us."

Haaland sat out Dortmund's previous two games due to a knee problem and, after replacing Axel Witsel in the 61st minute, was pleased to be back among the goals.

"The team needed something up front and I was just waiting for my chance and luckily I got it in the end, and it was a goal, so it was very nice," he said.

"We had some chances and they also had chances, so I don't want to say we were lucky but three points is very nice.

"Dusseldorf had good tactics and made it difficult for us, but good teams win even on bad days."

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