His mission against Mainz had been on edge for a long time. BVB star Erling Haaland has had to sit up three times due to a muscle injury. Shortly before kick-off, it was clear: Haaland is in the starting line-up. And from the final whistle it became clear: Haaland became more and more scary!
Excluding the striker for full playing time Dortmund defeated Mainz: After a superb 16-meter kick from Reus (third place), Haaland met only a penalty kick (54th place, due to Widmer). Guests shorten again three minutes before the end. But Haaland did not feel like splitting the points: after winning Bellingham with a hard ball (90 + 4), he pushed for the final score 3-1.
“We wanted to drop him a few minutes ago, but we needed him,” Eredivisie coach Rose said after the match. He was in constant eye contact with Haaland to see if it was still possible. The Norwegian is always good to score a goal in injury time. That’s what he did, Rose said.
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No player has ever scored 49 goals so fast
This was the 49th goal for Haaland in the 49th match in the German League. No player has reached this mark so quickly in the history of the Bundesliga. The previous record was held by HSV legend Uwe Seeler, who scored 49 goals after 59 games. And what about Robert Lewandowski? The global Bayern striker needed 91 games to score the 49th goal in the league, at that time in Dortmund. Almost double that number.
Thanks to Haaland’s third consecutive double in the league, he is now with 70 goals in the first division in 68 official matches. What a value! Incidentally, the 21-year-old is now the only leading scorer with nine goals this season. Lewandowski, with 7 league goals ahead of the Leverkusen game, twice left Haaland behind.
“A privilege! Of course we missed him. Just the fact that he’s there is important to us as he always connects three players. BVB captain Reus told Sky after the match that scoring two goals on his comeback is fantastic – that’s what we signed him for.” (Papa )
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