Erling Braut Haaland was born to score goals.
Borussia Dortmund’s new striker announced himself in the Bundesliga last weekend when he scored a sensational hat-trick off the bench to beat Augsburg 5-3.
Debuts don’t come much better and the Norwegian wunderkind has now added to that by delivering in front of the famous Yellow Wall tonight against FC Koln.
Haaland was brought on by Lucien Favre on 65 minutes in place of Thorgan Hazard and by the 78th minute, he already had the ball in the back of the net.
Raphael Guerrerio’s shot was parried by Timo Horn and the 19-year-old was on hand to tuck the ball away – pure predatory instincts from the Norwegian.
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But he saved the best for last, scoring from an impossible angle after rounding Horn to put the gloss on another memorable cameo.
Haaland’s first five goals in the German top-flight took him just 56 minutes, a new record for the division. What a player.
It was a very comfortable night for Dortmund in front of their adoring fans as they sealed an important 5-1 win in their bid to win the Bundesliga.
Guerreiro got the ball rolling in the first minute, with Marco Reus adding a second after a brilliant ball from Mats Hummels.
Jadon Sancho then got in on the act to make it three, taking his tally to 11 goals and 11 assists in the Bundesliga alone in 2019/20.
Favre’s Dortmund are looking menacing and with Haaland up top, they’re going to be a threat in the Champions League.
Watching the teenage prodigy bang goals in left, right and centre makes Manchester United’s decision not to sign him this month all the more baffling.
He only cost Dortmund £18m and the Red Devils are in desperate need of an attacking spark to kickstart their season.
The beauty of hindsight, eh?