In the run-up to Borussia Dortmund’s away match against Sevilla, Erling Haaland had been motivated by Kylian Mbappé, who scored a hat-trick against FC Barcelona on Tuesday on behalf of Paris Saint-Germain (1-4). A day later, Haaland was worth gold with an assist and two goals for Dortmund, which won 2-3 in the Champions League.
“I saw Kylian score those goals yesterday and that affected me a lot”, said Haaland after the game in Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán.
“I thought: I want that too. They were all great goals and it gave me great motivation to do that. I am happy with our three away goals, which could be very important.”
Twenty-year-old Haaland was good for his seventeenth and eighteenth goal in the million ball in Seville. The youngster only needed thirteen Champions League matches for this and thus smashed a record that was held by Ruud van Nistelrooij and Harry Kane. Both players needed 22 matches to get to that number.
Dortmund victory in a difficult season
For Dortmund, the victory in Seville was a welcome boost in a difficult season. The team from North Rhine-Westphalia is in sixth place in the Bundesliga and is 16 points behind leader Bayern Munich without a chance for the championship.
“I don’t know if it’s motivation, passion or experience, but we were sharper than usual today,” added Haaland, who is the top scorer this Champions League season with eight hits.
“We will have to recover quickly because an important game awaits this weekend. It would be nice if we could bring this positive flow to Saturday’s game.”
The derby against arch rival Schalke 04 is on the program for Dortmund on Saturday. The return against Sevilla will be completed on March 9.
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