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."