Dhe Norwegian prodigy repeats his appearance from the previous week – almost. Erling Haaland remained a bit more reserved when playing against 1. FC Köln. After three joker goals in Augsburg, the 19-year-old striker only scored twice on Friday evening. Roman Bürki therefore immediately criticized. “It is a pity that he is already waning. Three goals, two goals – I don’t hope it will be just one in the next game, ”joked the BVB goalkeeper.
In fact, Haaland was naturally celebrated by the fans and praised by the teammates. “He scored more goals in 57 minutes than I did all season,” said offensive player Thorgan Hazard with a certain self-irony.
Haaland himself just enjoyed the moment after his brilliant home debut. After Borussia Dortmund’s 5: 1 (2: 0) win against 1. FC Köln, the striker stood with shining eyes in front of the trembling south grandstand. “That was nice,” said Haaland into the cameras of the Norwegian broadcaster TV2 and disappeared with a big grin.
No player had previously scored five goals in the first 57 minutes in the Bundesliga. His three-pack in Augsburg was followed by two goals against Cologne (77th and 87th) after his substitution. After the first goal was just a dust-off in which he just had to prove his instinct, he showed his speed, agility and coolness at 5: 1 and got a somewhat long pass from Mahmoud Dahoud thanks to his inaugural strength. He then elegantly rounded Cologne’s goalkeeper Timo Horn and then pushed the ball carefully from an acute angle into the orphaned goal.
The teammates were enthusiastic about Haaland’s furious start. “When you see how he works every day, you know that this is no accident. He always goes full throttle in training and goes into every duel, “said Mats Hummels and added:” He will give us a lot of joy and score many goals. “
Exit through the back door
Erling Haaland chose the back door when leaving the stadium. In order not to heat up the hype surrounding his person, the new Joker king of Dortmund followed his club’s recommendation, avoided the waiting journalists except for a Norwegian camera and did without interviews.
Unlike in Augsburg, the Dortmund team did not need RB Salzburg’s 20 million euro winter shopping this time, however, as a rescuer in need. Even before Haaland’s substitution in the 65th minute, the team led by coach Lucien Favre led 3-1 thanks to the goals of Raphael Guerreiro (1st), Marco Reus (29th) and Jadon Sancho (48th). “We have made a step forward in all areas,” praised license player boss Sebastian Kehl. The only blemish was the goal by Mark Uth (65.).
Borussia Mönchengladbach (11) had previously scored more than ten goals in the first two games of the second half of the season in the 1966/67 season. This is one of the reasons why the Dortmunders believe they are on the right track to continue to put pressure on the leading clubs from Leipzig, Munich and Mönchengladbach. “I think that was a good step forward overall today. We wanted to be more compact today and make fewer mistakes than in Augsburg, ”commented Captain Marco Reus.