News ID: 265869
Published: 0339 GMT February 19, 2020

PSG still 'dangerous', warns record-breaker Haaland

PSG still 'dangerous', warns record-breaker Haaland
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Borussia Dortmund's Erling Braut Haaland (R) celebrates with teammates after scoring in a 2-1 victory PSG in the Champions League at Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund, Germany, on February 18, 2020.

Teenage record-breaker Erling Braut Haaland warned Borussia Dortmund still has it all to do to reach the Champions League quarterfinals even after his two goals sank Neymar's Paris Saint-Germain.

Haaland netted either side of a Neymar equalizer on Tuesday as the Brazilian superstar scored on his return from injury as the French champion crashed to a 2-1 defeat at Dortmund in the last 16, first leg, tie, AFP reported.

"We want to go through, it's going to be a hard game," Haaland said of the return leg in Paris on March 11, "but we are a good team.

"The result is quite a dangerous one, as Paris has a very strong team and can still go through in the return leg."

Haaland's teammate Emre Can, who alongside Axel Witsel worked tirelessly in Dortmund's midfield to contain Neymar and France striker Kylian Mbappe, said the home side's defense had been key.

"It was a big statement from the team how we defended today. We know it's not over – it's just half-time," said Can, whose permanent transfer from Juventus was confirmed on Tuesday.

However, the night belonged Haaland who has 11 goals in his first seven games for Dortmund and warned there is more to come.

"I feel like I still can do a lot better," said Haaland.

"I have to work hard to improve to play better at this level."

Having also scored eight goals for Salzburg in the group stages before his €20-million ($22 million) transfer to Dortmund, Haaland made Champions League history on Tuesday.

His tally of 10 goals in his first seven Champions League matches is now a new record in the competition and makes him the joint top-scorer alongside Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski.

The teenage goal-machine has so far scored 39 times in 29 games this season for Salzburg and Dortmund.

The 19-year-old had already sent records tumbling since arriving in Dortmund last month when he became the first player to score a hat-trick off the bench on his Bundesliga debut.

His incredible strike for his second goal on Tuesday overshadowed Neymar's return from a rib injury with PSG desperate to break its last-16 jinx having exited at this stage in the competition in each of the last three seasons.

PSG's German coach Thomas Tuchel admitted Neymar's lack of match fitness had been a factor in the away defeat, but said his team still has time to find their form.

"Neymar hadn't played for a fortnight, but he is very important for Kylian (Mbappe), there is harmony between them and if Neymar lacks rhythm, it's immediately noticeable," said Tuchel.

"We didn't have enough possession, we made too many easy mistakes, we weren't smart enough and we lost the ball too early.

"It's difficult, but it's 2-1 and we still have a few games left to get back into the rhythm."

His counterpart Lucien Favre echoed Haaland's insistence that the result gives Dortmund only a slender advantage with PSG's passionate home fans set to get behind their team in the return leg.

"Of course it's a dangerous result, but we played well in both defense and attack," said Dortmund's Swiss coach.

"However, as things stand it's 2-1 to us."

 

 

   
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