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Haaland setting new records during PSG Champions League clash

Valentine Chinyem



Norway’s Erling Braut Haaland was in form yesterday against Paris Saint-Germain when Borussia Dortmund met the French side in the first leg of the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League.

At just 19 years, the youngster seem to have won the heart of many, thanks to the many goals credited to him.

The Champions League match got off with both teams fielding their very best, but it was Haaland who stole the shine with his two goals.

Haaland celebrating his goal

Going into the first half was not without the intrigues of the Champions League, as the teams were at loggerheads trying to find the net.

The first half however ended in a draw.

At the resumption of the second half, it was Dortmund who finally found the back of the net in the 69th minutes, when Haaland tapped in a deflection which came towards him from Guerreiro’s shot.

PSG however equalised in the 76th minute when Neymar smashed in a goal from Kylian Mbappé’s cross.

The joy of the equaliser was short lived as Haaland picked up a Gio Reyna assist on the counter-attack, taking a left-footed shot from 20 yards, that almoat broke the net, giving Navas no chance at all.

The match which ended 2-1, saw Haaland setting new records and breaking existing records, with his two goals in the games.

The 19-year-old’s, who takes delight in the Cristiano Ronaldo’s style of play and diet, has 10 goals in seven Champions League appearances this season, making him the fastest player to reach that mark.

He has scored 11 goals in his first seven games in all competitions for Dortmund, another first in Bundesliga history, as well as scoring on his Dortmund debut in the league, DFB-Pokal and the Champions League, another club first.

More so, his 10 goals puts him at par with Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski for the most in the Champions League this season.

Haaland sprinting towards the ball

Haaland displayed that he could be a great athlete as well, after he clocked 6.64 seconds while running to launch a counter-attack against during the match.

Within that sprint seconds, Haaland was said to have come close to beating US professional sprinter, Christian Coleman’s, World Record of 6.34 seconds in a 60m sprint.

The striker who completed his €20 million move in the January transfer window from Austrian outfit RB Salzburg to the German Bundeslisga side, said he believes he can better his performance against PSG.

“I am glad about the man-of-the-match award, but feel like I still can do a lot better,” he said

“I have to play better at this level, have to work hard to improve.

“The result is quite a dangerous one, as PSG has a very strong team and can still go through in the return leg,” he added.

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