Having captured the UEFA Champions League golden boot last season at 20, plus everything he had already accomplished, Erling Haaland’s goal record is already legendary. After a goal against Beşiktaş on Wednesday in the opening match of the Borussia Dortmund group, Haaland showed no signs of letting up.
With Dortmund leading 1-0 before half-time, Jude Bellingham danced around his defender inside the penalty area before finding Haaland in front of goal. The Norwegian phenomenon evaded his defender and lashed the pass, leaving the Beşiktaş goalkeeper no way out.
Having scored 10 goals in each of his first two Champions League seasons, Haaland has now scored 21 goals in just 17 games. According to Opta, was the least number of appearances needed to reach the figure. Haaland also entered the game having averaged one goal every 63 minutes 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 games since Dortmund’s start of the season, which includes five in four Bundesliga games this season and three more in a DFB Pokal game. His five goals in World Cup qualifiers helped guide Norway on the right path, with the nation level on points with the Netherlands at the top of their group. Norway has not reached a World Cup since 1998.
As usual, Dortmund’s team of young talents is not limited to one rising star. Bellingham, who assisted Haaland’s goal, opened the scoring on 20 minutes.
The 18-year-old England international broke Kylian Mbappé’s record as the youngest player to score in consecutive Champions League games.
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