The impressive series of Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland seems to be coming to an end. The nineteen-year-old phenomenon shot his club on Tuesday with two goals past Paris Saint-Germain in the eighth finals of the Champions League: 2-1.
Haaland opened the score in the second half. On behalf of PSG, Neymar provided a quick answer, but the last word was for Haaland, who has amazing numbers in his first months as a Dortmund player.
The Norwegian who came over at the Red Bull Salzburg winter break made his tenth and eleventh goal in his seventh game for 'BVB'. No Bundesliga player did that. Haaland scored with his debut in the league, cup and Champions League.
Atlético Madrid-Liverpool, the other Champions League game on Tuesday-evening, ended in 1-0. Atalanta-Valencia and Tottenham Hotspur-RB Leipzig will follow on Wednesday.
Next week Chelsea-Bayern Munich, Napoli-FC Barcelona, Olympique Lyon-Juventus and Real Madrid-Manchester City are on the program in the eighth finals. All returns are next month.
Neymar scored, but could not save his team from defeat in Dortmund. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Dortmund more dangerous than PSG
In the first half of Dortmund-PSG, both teams sought the attack and it was Dortmund that was the most dangerous. Jordan Sancho and Emre Can, for example, popped up for the goal, but their efforts lacked precision. On the other hand, Neymar created danger with a free kick.
After half an hour, Sancho was closest to a hit; Dortmund's fast forward saw his shot turned by keeper Keylor Navas. Even before half time, Haaland could not (yet) cash in on two options.
Even after the break Dortmund made the most claim to a hit. Great opportunities were not available for a long time, but in the 69th minute it was hit. Haaland worked the ball in from close range.
Dortmund could not enjoy the lead for a long time, because some six minutes later Neymar pushed the ball in on the pass from Kylian Mbappé. The last word, however, was quickly up to Haaland, who steamed up and outwitted keeper Navas with a nice shot.
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