Erling Haaland: Jude Bellingham's reaction after discovering Champions League record

Manchester City v Borussia Dortmund: Group G - UEFA Champions League

Jude Bellingham’s reaction after discovering that Erling Haaland was the first teenager to score in the first three Champions League group games was brilliant.

Bellingham, 19, scored his third goal in the Champions League this season on Wednesday when he notched during Borussia Dortmund’s 4-1 victory over Sevilla.

The midfielder had previously scored in the 3-0 win over Copenhagen and the loss to Manchester City in Group G.

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An incredible achievement.

Haaland completed Bellingham feat previously

However, it’s a feat that Haaland completed years ago.

Back in the 2019/20 campaign while playing for Red Bull Salzberg, Haaland actually scored in the opening FIVE group matches. He scored a hat-trick against Genk, one against Liverpool, three in the two games against Napoli before another against Genk.

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Incidentally, Haaland also did it a year – although not when he was a teenager – when he scored six goals in four Champions League group games for Dortmund against Lazio, Zenit and Club Brugge.

Oh, and at the age of 22, he’s achieved it this season with Manchester City with two goals against Sevilla, the winner against Dortmund and another two goals against Copenhagen.

But let’s not take anything away from the fact Bellingham has become just the second teenager to score in the first three Champions League games.

Sevilla FC v Borussia Dortmund: Group G - UEFA Champions League

After the match, a reporter wanted to inform the Dortmund man with the stat and asked him to guess who the first player to do so was. When he found out it was, indeed, Haaland his reaction was brilliant.

Bellingham, of course, played with Haaland at Dortmund with the two players forming a strong relationship on and off the pitch.

Reporter: “So you’re only the second teenager in the Champions League who has scored in the first three matchdays. You know who was the first one?”

Bellingham: “Mbappe?”

Reporter: “You know him very well.”

Bellingham: “Erling. Ah of course. Can’t get anything over that geezer at the moment, I swear to God. But yeah, sums him up.”

VIDEO: Bellingham reacts to Haaland beating him to Champions League record

Brilliant.

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As for Haaland, he scored another two goals against Copenhagen to take his tally to 19 goals in 12 appearances in all competitions.

And Man Utd legend, Rio Ferdinand, believes he could lead City to their first ever Champions League trophy this season.

“The last two or three years I thought City would win the Champions League, but they didn’t have Haaland,” Ferdinand said. “He’s the final piece of the jigsaw. He scores sniffer dog goals. Poachers goals. He’s there all the time.

“I didn’t know if he was the poacher, that was where I was unsure, but he’s proved he can do that.

Manchester City v FC Copenhagen: Group G - UEFA Champions League

“He’s been the most devastating striker on the planet in his last nine games, and still no ones around him in the box. 

“It’s easy to sit here and say it. But you’ve got to be in the game thinking ‘where is he?’ Not enough defenders are doing that.’

“But then if you do that you’ve got to worry about Mahrez, De Bruyne running past you.”

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