Erling Haaland scored twice for Dortmund in Seville (2-3), in the knockout stages of the Champions League on Wednesday February 17. The Norwegian, 20, and the Parisian Kylian Mbappé, 22, have embarked on a record race that promises to last.
The future of football often poses questions. Outside the field with the coronavirus crisis, economic imbalances or the various developments mentioned for the competitions. On the lawn, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo approach the twilight of their career. And with the imminence of their departure, the fear of heights. But the new generation already has its standard bearers. After the demonstration of Kylian Mbappé (22) against Barça on Tuesday night, Erling Haaland (20) recalled that he also had the future at his feet. The Norwegian, author of a double, was decisive in the victory of Dortmund in Seville (2-3) in the round of 16 first leg of the Champions League.
The evening had started badly for Dortmund, quickly led on a goal from Suso. The German club responded in the 20th minute with a wonderful strike from Mahmoud Dahoud, after an excellent job from Erling Haaland to keep the ball and find his teammate in the center (20th, 1-1). Passeur, he turned into scorer. A perfect action to show off your palette. A stall to ask for the ball, turn around and go up the field. The one-two with Jadon Sancho, then the angry tackle-shot in the area (27th, 1-2). The third German goal owes a lot to Marco Reus, who came to retrieve a ball from 40 meters before serving Haaland, but the Norwegian was smart to offer himself on the safe side. And finish on the flat foot (43rd, 1-3).
With these two achievements, Erling Haaland scored his 17th and 18th Champions League goals in just 13 games. A record for a player in a hurry. During his debut against Genk, with Salzburg, Haaland opened his counter from the second minute of the match. “I could not imagine scoring on my premiere even in my dreams “, he explained on the UEFA website. “And then after 100 seconds of play, I had already shaken the nets!“
At 20, Haaland scores every 55 minutes in the Champions League. A pace much higher than his in the league, yet already excellent. Arrived in the Bundesliga in January 2020, he scored 28 times (plus seven assists) in 31 matches, or one goal every 86 minutes.
With two early scorers like Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappé, the comparison is necessarily tempting. When Halaland became the youngest player to reach 15 Champions League goals, at 20 years and 4 months, he dethroned the Parisian. Mbappé had set the record just over a year earlier, at 20 years and 10 months. “He’s an incredible player, one of the best in the world “Haaland said of the PSG striker. “Breaking records isn’t my goal, but it’s always nice to do something good like that.”
Also started on crazy bases with Monaco (six goals in nine matches), Mbappé had eased off when he arrived at PSG. If he chained the goals in the group stage, he struggled to find the loophole during the knockout phase (only one of his 15 Parisian goals in the LDC before his hat-trick). The French also has his assists for him.
If he only scores every 128 minutes in the Champions League, he is involved in one goal every 71 minutes (24 goals and 19 assists in 43 matches). Will Haaland be able to maintain his frenetic pace? Did Mbappé launch a crazy series of goals on Tuesday night? No certainty but a desire, almost an impatience, to see the rest.