After winning the golden shoe of the UEFA Champions League last season at the age of 20, on top of everything he had already accomplished, Erling Haaland’s scoring record is already legendary. After scoring the game-winning goal against Beşiktaş on Wednesday in Borussia Dortmund’s group opener, Haaland showed no signs of slowing down.
With Dortmund leading 1-0 moments before halftime, Jude Bellingham danced around his defender inside the penalty area before finding Haaland in front of goal. The Norwegian phenomenon slipped away from his defender and blasted the pass, leaving Beşiktaş goalkeeper no chance.
Having scored 10 goals in each of his first two Champions League campaigns, Haaland now scores 21 goals in just 17 games. According to Opta, that was the fewest appearances needed to reach the number. Haaland also entered the game after scoring one goal every 63 minutes on average in the competition, the best goals-per-minute ratio among any player with at least 20 goals.
For club and country, Haaland has scored 14 goals in 10 appearances since Dortmund started the season, including five in four Bundesliga appearances this season and three more in one DFB Pokal game. His five World Cup qualifying goals helped Norway to follow the right path, with the nation tied with the Netherlands for points at the top of their group. Norway haven’t reached a World Cup since 1998.
As usual, Dortmund’s young talent team isn’t just about a rising star. Bellingham, who assisted on Haaland’s goal, opened the scoring in the 20th minute.
The 18-year-old England international has surpassed Kylian Mbappé’s record as the youngest player to score in consecutive Champions League games.
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