Borussia Dortmund beat Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 at Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund, as Black-and-Yellow’s new star signee Erling Haaland reminded us once again that he is the new goal-scoring machine on earth.
Borussia Dortmund vs PSG – Goals
Erling Haaland showed his predatory side when he finished off from a strangle in front of PSG goal after Raphael Guerreiro’s shot was blocked. The second goal from a left-footed thunderbolt from 20 yards, was shocking, as PSG defence and goal-keeper did not expect him to attempt that distance and it did not allow Navas to react.
In between the Haaland goals, Neymar briefly drew the visitors level, tapping in a low Kylian Mbappe cross. But PSG celebration ended abruptly when Haaland scored his second goal within two minutes.
Erling Haaland – The Goal Scoring Machine
PSG have always found it difficult to contain this 19-year-old as he was looking dangerous every time he was near to the ball. One of the best thing about Haaland is, he is one of the quickest player in the field with a tremendous sense for goal. It is his reaction time that makes him one of the most dangerous striker.
The Norwegian continued his remarkable scoring form in Champions league, with a brace to provide Borussia Dortmund with the advantage over Paris St-Germain, when they would meet in 11th March in Paris.
The scoring statistics for Haaland
- 39 goals in only 29 appearances for the season, and
- 11 goals in 7 matches since joining Borussia Dortmund in January.
Contests within Contest
Neymar-Mbappe vs Haaland-Sancho
Tuchel included his star player Neymar for the match who, kept the left flank active, but he was not in his usual self.
Mauro Icardi of ‘Fantastic Four’, who set the Ligue 1 on fire, was absent in the starting eleven. But the other two Mbappe and di Maria were less than impressive. Haaland and Sancho outshone them.
Can vs Veratti
The most significant of all contests was the battle of mid-field, involving Emre Can and Marco Verratti. It had been an impressive duel. Can have played a more attacking role and was in control of the match most of the time, along with Alex Witsel. Verratti had an excellent work-rate today, but he got himself booked unnecessarily, and would miss the home match, along with teammate Thomas Meunier.
Tuchel vs Favre
The result was also disappointing for PSG boss Thomas Tuchel, who spent two seasons at Dortmund from 2015-17 before he was sacked. Mbappe and di Maria both had a bad day, whereas Cavani and Icardi were on the bench. Favre was not afraid to introduce 17-year-old Giovanni Reyna, who forced a yellow card on Thomas Meunier.
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