June 20, 2024
Champions League: Borussia Dortmund beats Sevilla as Erling Haaland nets brace

Champions League: Borussia Dortmund beats Sevilla as Erling Haaland nets brace

The 20-year-old was in devastating form as Borussia Dortmund came from behind to take control of its Champions League round of 16 tie against Sevilla on Wednesday.

His two goals inspired the German side to a 3-2 away win, earning a slight advantage ahead of the return leg on March 9.

“It was good to score goals, I love the Champions League,” Haaland told reporters after the match.

“When I saw Mbappe score a hat trick yesterday, I got free motivation, so thanks to him. It was a nice evening.”

Sevilla had started the match on the front foot when Suso’s deflected shot gave the hosts an early lead in the seventh minute but going behind seemed to ignite a fire in Haaland.

He was the provider for the equalizer, powering past several defenders to tee up Mahmoud Dahoud for a wonderfully crafted finish, but the striker quickly got on the score sheet himself.

Erling Haaland celebrates scoring his second goal against Sevilla on Wednesday.

His first goal came from yet another powerful run which seemed to scare the Sevilla defenders into retreat. A quick one-two with the impressive Jadon Sancho saw Haaland slide in to hand Dortmund the lead in the 27th minute.

He then added his second moments before halftime after Marco Reus pounced on a sloppy mistake in midfield to put Haaland through on goal. Unsurprisingly, the in-form forward coolly stroked past the onrushing keeper. In truth, it was never in doubt.

Haaland has now scored 10 Champions League goals in just seven appearances for Dortmund, the quickest a player has ever reached the total for a team in the tournament’s illustrious history.

The night was almost perfect for Dortmund until it conceded a late goal, as Luuk de Jong steered home a cross in the 84th minute.

“We didn’t deserve to lose, but they have some of the best attacking players in the world and they made the difference with three opportunities which we should have avoided. The scoreline is harsh on us,” Sevilla coach Julen Lopetegui said after the game.

Haaland scores Dortmund's third goal against Sevilla.

Juventus trail

Elsewhere, Porto beat Juventus 2-1 in the first leg of its Champions League last 16 tie.

Mehdi Taremi gave the hosts the perfect start in a little over a minute after he capitalized on a major blunder in the Juventus defense.

Rodrigo Bentancur’s pass back to goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny was woefully underhit, allowing Taremi time to bundle the ball into the net.

Moussa Marega then doubled Porto’s lead just 19 seconds into the second half before Federico Chiesa gave Juve some hope for the return leg after heading home in the 82nd minute.