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Dortmund fans lit flares as 81,365 returned to the Westfalenstadion for the first time in two years, but they were beaten 4-1

For the first time in two years, BORUSSIA DORTMUND ignited 81,365 spectators in the Westfalenstadion.

Amid the coronavirus restrictions, Dortmund have been forced to play in front of a limited crowd and even behind closed doors at times.

Borussia Dortmund lit flares as 81,365 returned to the Westfalenstadion for the first time in two years

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Borussia Dortmund lit flares as 81,365 returned to the Westfalenstadion for the first time in two yearsPhoto credit: Getty

But they were packed to the rafters in their first full second leg, which came against RB Leipzig.

Flares and flags filled the home stands, but that didn’t stop Dortmund from losing ground to Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.

Leipzig’s Konrad Laimer scored twice and set up a third goal in a stunning 4-1 win over second-placed Dortmund.

The result left them nine points behind leaders Bayern, who won 4-1 in Freiburg with six games to go.

Leipzig, who were in fourth place with 48 points, threw a punch when Laimer flicked the ball over keeper Gregor Kobel in the 21st minute.

What was supposed to be a big football festival for the hosts with top striker Erling Haaland in the starting XI turned into a nightmare when Austria’s international Laimer scored the second goal ten minutes later with a deflected shot.

Having had a couple of golden chances early in the first half, the frustrated Dortmunder found no answer.

Christopher Nkunku was backheeled up by Laimer to perfect a great Leipzig attack to make it 3-0.

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Substitute Donyell Malen briefly reduced the deficit with a header at the far post in the 84th minute.

But Leipzig reacted two minutes later with a well-placed shot from Dani Olmo from a distance to secure victory.

Erling Haaland watches Borussia Dortmund lose

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Erling Haaland watches Borussia Dortmund losePhoto credit: Getty

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