Erling Haaland believes in 'karma'

Borussia Dortmund has struggled in the Bundesliga, dropping to sixth place with no assurance that it will be in Europe next season.

But for now, it has the great Erling Haaland. At the age of 20, the Norwegian almost single-handedly carried Dortmund into the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals with four of the five goals in 5-4 aggregate win over favored Sevilla.

Tuesday's second leg ended 2-2 after Haaland scored the game's first two goals, the second after VAR first took away a Haaland goal for a foul but awarded a penalty kick for a foul earlier on the play and then VAR gave Haaland a second chance after Sevilla keeper Bono saved his first attempt but was ruled to have come off his line before the shot.

Sevilla players surrounded Haaland after he taunted Bono following his successful goal. The Norwegian said it was -- well -- pay-back.

"First of all, it was a nice goal before, " Haaland said on his post-game TV interview, "but then it was penalty and then I missed and then [Bono] cheated and I took it again and then I scored when he didn't cheat. It was exact the same but then he stood on the line and [on the] first he didn't stand on the line.

"To be honest, I was nervous a little bit for the second one, but after he was screaming in my face after the first one, I was thinking it would be even better to score another goal. That's what happened, and that was nice. I don't know what it means. But I said what he said after I missed the first one. Maybe it's karma in this world. I think so after this."
2 comments about "Erling Haaland believes in 'karma'".
  1. R2 Dad, March 10, 2021 at 2:42 a.m.

    I understand the economics of the sport and BVB's place in it, but I hope 1) he stays for another year, 2) he gets to lift some hardware and improve his mental development, 3) he can stay healthy for the rest of the season, and 4) he doesn't get sold to Bayern--ever. Until the Bundesliga gets some parity in the sport to improve the league, they shouldn't sell the next Lewandowski to Munich.

  2. Seth Vieux replied, March 10, 2021 at 1:55 p.m.

    As a BVB supporter I certainly hope we can retain him for at least one more season, he is indeed a phenom. I think when he is transferred it will almost certainly be to an EPL or possibly Serie A team with very deep pockets.

    On the PK, the entire situation was an embarrassment for the officials. The goal he scored in the run of play before a penalty being awarded was sensational from the gaining of possession, excellent counter that he was in on early, stunning first touch from behind him on his run, perfect use of his body to shed the defender in the box, and deft finish with his 'weaker' right foot from an absurd angle. VAR's decision to disallow that goal was joke, only made more hilarious by then going back minutes in the game to award him a PK. The fact the ensuing PK was illegally saved followed by a taunting by the GK, and then scored in the exact same fashion from both Haaland and the GK with Haaland returning the taunt.... and them Sevilla players chasing him down as if their keeper can taunt but he cannot?!?! Someone throw a tent over that circus.

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