Teen hotshot Haaland kicks past PSG big two

Sports | 20 Feb 2020

The two most expensive players in the world were unable to outshine Erling Braut Haaland as the Norwegian teenager continued his remarkable rise by scoring both goals in Borussia Dortmund's 2-1 defeat of Paris Saint-Germain.

When Kylian Mbappe teed up Brazilian superstar Neymar to cancel out Haaland's opener in the second half of their Champions League last-16 first leg, it looked like PSG would leave Germany with the upper hand.

But in the 77th minute Haaland sent a thumping left-foot shot high into the net from the edge of the penalty area to give Dortmund the advantage heading into the return leg in Paris on March 11.

Perhaps PSG's 402-million-euro (HK$3.37 billion) duo will be a difference in the return and help the French club into the last eight.

But Dortmund deserved their victory in a tie that came to life when Haaland scored the first goal from close in on 69 minutes. If that was a typical poacher's finish the winner was a show of sheer brute force from the 19-year-old who now has 10 goals in seven Champions League games this season.

"I feel like I still can do a lot better," Haaland said after being named man of the match.

Dortmund players were full of praise for a teammate who rose to prominence by scoring nine times for Norway in one game at last year's Under-20 World Cup. "He's on the road to being great," winger Axel Witsel declared.

Haaland's eight goals in the group stage were not enough for Salzburg to qualify for the last 16, but they helped his 20-million-euro move to Dortmund in the winter window.

Scorer of a hat-trick off the bench against Augsburg on his Dortmund debut, the Leeds-born player now has 11 goals in seven outings.


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