Erling Haaland: the Norwegian boy who became a record man


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Erling Haaland: the Norwegian boy who became a record man

Borussia Dortmund drew 2-2 with Sevilla in the BVB Stadion Dortmund for the rematch of the round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League, with an intractable Erling Haalan and author of a double to be the top scorer of this edition with 10 goals. He is also the top Norwegian gunner in history in the competition when rounding off 20 screams, displacing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with 19. One more? Surpassed Kylian Mbappé as the player with the most goals in the UCL, before his 21st birthday. A beast.

Haaland became the executioner of Sevilla with a goal poker game and, incidentally, confirmed his stellar breakthrough in the Champions League by becoming the player who has needed fewer games to reach twenty goals in the maximum continental competition, as well as the youngest to achieve it.

The Spanish team dominated the actions from the beginning and the German cast had not arrived in danger. So until the 1.94 meter forward was in charge of unlocking the actions when the first half was played. In a lethal counter, he received from Reus and sent it to the back of the net to put things 1 to 0 (4 to 2 global).

In the second half, the ‘Goal Destroyer’ would appear again in a play that was truly unusual. Haaland had converted the second but the referee charged a penalty. Erling kicked him and Bono cut him off.

That would not be all, since after a review to the judge they warned him that the Seville goalkeeper had advanced and the execution was repeated from the twelve steps. This time, the Norwegian did not err and, of the anger, he shouted it in the face of the rival goal.

On the end it was all suspense since the visitors would reach equality thanks to the two goals of Youssef En-Nesyr. It was a harrowing draw for Dortmund, but one that ended with a place in the quarterfinals in hand and with the tournament’s top scorer among their ranks. Two goals in the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán and another two in the Signal Iduna Park liquidated a Sevilla that fell with honor and that in the end was one step away from forcing the extension. Haaland, top scorer of this edition with 10 targets, reached two dozen goals with 20 years and 231 days, which surpasses the French Kylian Mbappe, who reached that amount with 21 years and 355 days, the Argentine Leo Messi (22-266) and Raúl González (22-297).

In the first leg, Borussia had won 3-2 as a visitor with another two goals from Haaland who is barely 20 years old and does not stop surprising and making history. And in terms of matches, he needed only fourteen, ten less than the Englishman Harry Kane when he achieved it in November 2019 and twelve less than the Italian Alessandro del Piero in April 1998. The top scorer in the history of the Champions League, Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, currently a Juventus forward, needed 56 games to score his first twenty goals.

Fewer games to reach 20 goals in the Champions League

14 Erling Haaland (03/09/21)

24 Harry kane (11/26/19)

26 Alessandro del Piero (04/15/98)

27 Ruud van Nistelrooy (09/24/02)

28 Filippo Inzaghi (09/24/02)

Youngest to reach 20 goals in the Champions League:

Erling Haaland: 20 years and 231 days

Kylian Mbappe: 21 years and 355 days

Lionel Messi: 22 years and 266 days

Raúl González: 22 years and 297 days

Alessandro del Piero: 23 years and 157 days

Karim Benzema: 23 years and 282 days


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