Erling Haaland looks set to reunite with Yassine ‘Bono’ Bounou on Tuesday night.
Manchester City get their 2022/23 Champions League campaign underway with a trip to Sevilla that will see their new star striker try to score past a goalkeeper that he has history with.
That’s because Haaland and Bono have met before under the European floodlights when Borussia Dortmund and Sevilla drew one another in the 2021/22 round of 16.
Round one of Haaland vs Bono
And it was the German side who booked themselves a place in the quarter-finals thanks in no small part to Haaland’s lethal goalscoring, finding the back of the net twice in both matches.
A brace from the future City striker at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium saw Dortmund secure a 3-2 win, before they hung onto their aggregate advantage with a 2-2 draw back in Germany.
On that occasion, Haaland wrapped up his fourth and final goal of the tie from the penalty spot, but not before Bono had dramatically denied him just seconds earlier.
VAR and penalty drama
That’s because Haaland looked to have missed the spot-kick when his fizzing strike into the bottom right-hand corner was thwarted by the Sevilla shot-stopper who guessed correctly.
Cue the beef, because it was at this point that Bono decided to let Haaland know what just went down with footage showing him shouting in the Dortmund forward’s ear as he ran past.
However, the drama didn’t end there as VAR was right on cue to order a retake, revealing that the man between the sticks for Sevilla had indeed been off his line when the ball was kicked.
Haaland exacts his revenge
As such, Haaland got a second bite of the cherry and didn’t make the same mistake twice, bravely aiming for the exact same corner and just about finding the net despite Bono once again reading him.
And boy was the Norwegian keen to exact revenge, channeling what can only be described as a reverse Martin Keown by giving Bono a piece of his mind before running off for his celebrations.
The drama didn’t end there, though, because the Sevilla players weren’t best pleased with Haaland’s actions and decided to chase him down, duly turning jubilant scenes into tense ones.
Haaland rattling Bono and Sevilla will forever be funny to me. What a troll that guy is 😭 pic.twitter.com/joCMFzfqT0— Poki’s lawyer (@tearsofeboys) March 23, 2021
– Haaland scores— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) March 9, 2021
– Haaland has the goal disallowed
– VAR gives penalty from previous phase of play
– Haaland misses it
– VAR demands a re-take
– Haaland scores his second attempt
– Haaland is booked for his celebration
Over seven minutes of chaos from Dortmund vs. Sevilla! 😂 pic.twitter.com/QjI4CLQs8r
Haaland says Bono ‘cheated’
And while it was nice to see that Haaland and Bono were smiling with one another at full-time, there were still a few barbs exchanged in the post-match interviews.
That’s because Haaland’s assessment of the episode, according to Goal, went as follows: “He was too far [off his line]. If he stood on his line, I would have scored that one – and that’s what happened on the second one.
“I missed and then he cheated. Then I took it again and scored when he didn’t cheat.
“When he was screaming in my face after the first one, I was thinking ‘it will be even better to score another goal’ – and that’s what happened, so it was nice.”
And when further probed on what he actually said to Bono, the Leeds-born striker replied: “I don’t want to say. I don’t know what it means but I said what he said after I missed the first one.
“Maybe it’s karma in this world.”
What did Bono say?
However, Sports Finding carry contemporary quotes from Bono, who purportedly told Elbotola: “In the first leg, Haaland injured my knee by scoring the second goal. I was in pain for a week and then on the return from Dortmund came the confrontation.
“When he was about to take the penalty I tried to distract him but after the game we shook hands. The great players leave their differences on the field and maintain a good relationship.”
So, it looks for the most part that the beef has been squashed, but that won’t make it any less interesting to see one of the world’s best strikers and one of the sport’s finest goalkeepers go toe-to-toe yet again.
Everybody keep their fingers crossed that City win a penalty because there could be fireworks.