Borussia Dortmund had a scary evening as they overcome FC Augsburg 5-3 at Augsburg Arena, as Erling Braut Haaland scored a hat-trick on his debut. If anyone thought Haaland would take his time in Bundesliga to settle down, the Norwegian proved them wrong with a stunning 23-minute debut hat-trick.
The 19-year-old Norwegian international joined Dortmund for £17.1m last month, after scoring 28 goals in 22 appearances for Red Bull Salzburg in the current season – a tally that included five of hat-tricks. He made his sixth during the perfect introduction to his new club and league.
Having come off the bench on 55th minutes, with Dortmund trailing 1-3, he just took three minutes to deliver, before England’s Jadon Sancho levelled at 3-3.
Haaland then put Borussia Dortmund ahead for the first time at 72 minutes of the match when he tapped in the ball at the back of the net from Thorgan Hazard pass. This took match referee to consult VAR before the goal was allowed. Haaland then completed his hat-trick from a Marco Reus ball, slamming the ball home to make it 5-3.
“I am pretty relaxed about it; I don’t really know why,” the son of former Leeds, Nottingham Forest and Manchester City player Alf-Inge Haaland told reporters after his stunning Dortmund debut against Augsburg. He also added, “I’m at a fantastic club with great team-mates and good people around me. I came here to score goals, and it was a good debut for me.”
Borussia captain Marcus Reus praised the 19-year-old as he compared him with Robert Lewandowski on his arrival. Haaland, who had been a transfer target for Manchester United and Juventus, scored eight goals in this season’s Champions League group stage, the second-most in the competition.
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