Haaland double fires Dortmund to victory over PSG

Last 16 1st leg

Borussia Dortmund 2-1 PSG

Erling Haaland continued his stellar start with Borussia Dortmund scoring twice to lead them to a 2-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain in their Champions League last 16 first leg.

The Norwegian scored twice after half-time to take his Champions League tally to 10 goals to become the second youngest player to reach that mark after Kylian Mbappe. Haaland is also the only player to score for two teams in a single UCL season after netting eight for FC Salzburg before moving to Dortmund.

Neymar was back in Thomas Tuchel’s XI for the first time since a 5-0 thrashing of Montpellier at the beginning of February, with a rib injury keeping him on the sidelines for the Ligue 1 leaders.

Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho had a lively opening 30 minutes, forcing the action in his team’s offensive end and forcing two saves from Keylor Navas to keep PSG on level terms.

Haaland, who has been on fire since joining Dortmund, looked equally dangerous as the half wore and narrowly missed with a shot at the near post from a Sancho pass before the teams headed into the dressing rooms tied 0-0 at half-time.

Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund celebrates with Gio Reyna and Raphael Guerreiro.

Dortmund finally found the back of the net when Haaland smashed home from close range after the ball fell to him following a goalmouth scramble to give his team a deserved lead.

Neymar and Mbappe connected to get PSG back in the game, with the Brazilian burying his shot from close range to make it 1-1.

But the heroics were left to Haaland once again, as he picked up a Gio Reyna assist on the counter-attack and unleashed an incredible shot to beat Navas and put his team back in the lead.

PSG, who were eliminated at this stage of the competition in the previous three seasons, were almost completely shut out by an extremely efficient Dortmund backline.

The two teams will meet again in Paris for the second leg on March 11 with a spot in the quarterfinals on the line.

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