Borussia Dortmund’s 20 year old superstar, Erling Braut Haaland put on a show as the German side claimed an impressive 3-2 away victory over Spain’s Sevilla in their first leg Round of 16 clash at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. Sevilla had not conceded a single goal in 7 games heading into the match, but Haaland happened.
The home side went into the lead just 7 minutes into the game as Suso found the back of the net with a deflected strike from just outside the box. Dortmund did not take long to find themselves level as German midfielder, Mahmoud Dahoud scored a belter from outside the box to draw them level twelve minutes later. In the 27th minute, Haaland scored after a brilliant one-two with Jadon Sancho. Haaland added a second as he finished off a quick counter, receiving the ball from his captain, Marco Reus and sweeping home a left-footed finish to put his team 3-1 up. Sevilla scored through substitute striker Luuk de Jong in the 84th minute as he ghosted into space to stab home a good freekick delivery from Oscar Rodriguez, setting up a grandstand finish. Dortmund held on for the win and now go back to the Signal Iduna Park with the advantage of an away win.
Haaland’s goals tonight mean that the Norwegian Golden Boy winner has now scored 18 goals in 13 career Champions League matches and 42 goals in 42 matches as a Borussia Dortmund player. He remains central to whatever Dortmund hope to achieve this season. Sevilla will look to get an away win of their own when they travel to Germany for the second leg in three weeks’ time.