New Dortmund signing Erling Haaland marked his debut in the best way possible by scoring a hat-trick to help his new side come from behind to win 5-3!
The young Norwegian striker was being linked with most clubs across Europe before the January transfer window opened. He burst onto the scene at Red Bull Salzburg and in particular the Champions League.
In Europes biggest competition he scored a hat-trick on his debut and then went on to score eight in the group stages. One of these goals came against last years winners, Liverpool. Haaland also got another four hat-tricks this season for Red Bull Salzburg and got himself 28 goals in 22 games before leaving for Dortmund.
The German club signed him for just £17 million, which in this market is an unbelievable deal. Before Dortmund signed him it looked as if he was on his way to Man United. It was reported when Salzburg hosted Liverpool in the Champions League, as many as 40 scouts were present.
Augsburg vs Borussia Dortmund
The game between tenth place Augsburg and fourth place Dortmund should have been fairly straight forward for Haaland’s new side. They met on the opening day of the season, with Dortmund coming away 5-1 winners.
Haaland didn’t start the match as he hadn’t played much recently. Augsburg opened the scoring in the 34th minute when a bad pass from Dortmund was picked up by the home side who then scored on the break. They doubled their leads second after half time. A long-range effort catching the Dortmund keeper off his line.
Julian Brandt pulled one back but again Augburg replied and it was 3-1 after 55 minutes. This lead to the introduction of Erling Haaland. The new signing wasted no time on his debut and within three minutes he had his first goal. Playing on the shoulder of the Augsburg defender he smashed it across the goal into the bottom right corner.
Another player linked with Man United got on the score sheet. Sancho taking it round the keeper to make it 3-3. With 30 minutes left on the clock, Haaland had the chance to make himself a hero. Ten minutes later he did just that. Hazard took it round the keeper before laying it off to Haaland to give Dortmund the lead.
Haaland then rounded of the debut in style. He took the ball 40 yards out and sprinting away from the defender left himself one on one before slotting it into the bottom left corner.
The game finished 5-3 and Haaland had really introduced himself to the Dortmund fans. However, German football fans don’t see it as a propper hat-trick. That to them is three goals in one half and no one else scores in between. They will be hoping though he can push them to the title. Dortmund are seven points off the top with 16 games to go. Bayern are the favourites with Betway at 4/7 and Dortmund are way out at 11/1.