's two goals in Borussia Dortmund's 2-1 win
over Paris St. Germain in his Dortmund debut in the UEFA Champions League came as no surprise.
They made the 19-year-old Norwegian the quickest player ever to score 10 Champions League
goals as the two goals followed eight goals last fall for Red Bull Salzburg last fall in the group stage, giving him 10 in only seven games. The two goals also gave him 11 goals in seven games since
he joined Dortmund in January. (He's scored in all but one game.)
But another teenager burst on the European scene Tuesday night: 17-year-old Gio Reyna -- the son of former U.S.
national team captain Claudio Reyna -- set up Haaland's winning goal.
Reyna joined Dortmund for winter training in Spain. He was expected to slowly be introduced into the first
team but has come on off the bench in every game since play resumed in mid-January.
At 17 years and 97 days, Reyna became the youngest American to ever play in the Champions League,
entering Tuesday's game in the 68th minute.
The goals came fast and furious after Reyna came on. Haaland scored his first goal in the 69th minute, Neymar equalized in the 75th minute --
after Kylian Mbappe roasted Reyna and teammate Dan-Axel Zagadou down the right wing -- then Dortmund went ahead again on Haaland's second goal.
Reyna received the ball on
the PSG side of midfield, spun and dashed ahead of two PSG defenders before finding Haaland on the left side. The Norwegian needed only one touch before blasting his shot into the roof of the goal
past helpless PSG keeper Keylor Navas.
"A lot of emotions
are going through my head right now," Reyna told reporters after the game. "To get my Champions League debut against Paris was a dream come true for me. To get an assist was even better. We knew Paris
are such a good team. And the result is the most important thing."
Since Reyna signed last summer, Dortmund management has had him on the fast track.
At first, it seemed
Dortmund brought Reyna on its summer tour of the United States as a marketing ploy. But it was quickly apparent he fit in. This was kicker's assessment only seven month ago:
"He doesn't look like a normal 16 year old.
It is therefore not so easy to discover him immediately among the other BVB professionals. Visually, he doesn't stand out. He is tall, athletically built and equipped with calf muscles that cause
appreciative astonishment even for sporting director Michael Zorc."
After winter training in Marbella, Zorc said Reyna was ready for the first team: "We want to develop him
to a full-fledged player of Borussia Dortmund."
Dortmund finished Tuesday's game with three teenagers on the field together up front: 19-year-old Englishman Jadon Sancho, Haaland
and Reyna, who also drew a yellow on veteran Belgian defender Thomas Meunier, which will keep in out of the second leg at the Parc des Princes on March 11.
"We don't buy
superstars," said Dortmund youth director Lars Ricken. "We make them." Photo by RHR-Foto/Imago/Icon Sportswire