“I only scored four because you knocked me out!” Erling Haaland reveals he gave Lucien Favre a blast after a stunning performance in Borussia Dortmund’s win at Hertha Berlin … while the manager admits he lost count of the number of goals the Norwegian had scored
Erling Haaland revealed that his manager Lucien Favre had no idea how many goals he had scored after scoring four times in Borussia Dortmund’s victory over Hertha Berlin.
Television cameras captured the moment when Favre raised three fingers at Haaland as they greeted each other at the final whistle, only for the Norwegian striker to tell him he had actually scored four goals.
And Haaland said afterwards that he reassured his manager that he had knocked him out of the Bundesliga game by five minutes, believing that he would have increased his goals.
Erling Haaland raises four fingers after he scored his fourth goal at Hertha Berlin on Saturday
Borussia Dortmund manager Lucien Favre thought that Haaland had only scored three goals
But the Norwegian striker was happy to correct him, as they spoke after the game
‘To be fair after the game, [Favre] asked me how many I scored. He asked me, “Did you score three?” Haaland joked in an interview with ESPN.
“I said,” No, four. Just because you oppressed me. ” So I’m a little mad at him now, but that’s the way it is. ‘
Favre later admitted that he hadn’t counted Haaland’s goals, saying, “It’s true, because I’m not just looking at the goals, I also look at the passes.”
Haaland, 20, now has a whopping 15 goals in 12 appearances for Dortmund this season, bringing his total to 10 in the Bundesliga and putting just one goal behind the league’s top scorer Robert Lewandowski.
The Norwegian was deadly when Dortmund came from behind against Hertha Berlin on Saturday
Haaland struck twice within minutes before placing the game past Hertha
But Dortmund didn’t have it all its way in the capital, falling behind Matheus Cunha’s 33rd-minute strike for Hertha.
But Haaland turned things around with two goals in the first five minutes of the second half before completing his hat-trick in the 62nd minute.
Raphael Guerreiro made it 4-1 for Dortmund in the 70th minute before Haaland scored his fourth nine minutes later. Cunha had previously converted a second penalty, but there would be no comeback.
Favre removed Haaland with five minutes to go, bringing in 16-year-old Youssoufa Moukoko, who became the youngest-ever player in the Bundesliga.
Favre took away Haaland to give a Bundesliga debut to 16-year-old Youssoufa Moukoko
Moukoko became the youngest player in the Bundesliga at just 16 years and one day
Haaland added: ‘It has been a very good day. I’m laughing a little now. As for Moukoko, I think he’s the greatest talent in the world right now.
’16 years and one day, that’s pretty amazing. He has a great career ahead of him.
“I’m over 20 years old, so I’m getting old now, so that’s it!”
His four-goal feat came just hours after Haaland won the Golden Boy award in 2020.
After one point from Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich, which was held 1-1 at home by Werder Bremen, Dortmund shifted the focus again this Tuesday to the Champions League and a home game with Club Brugge.
They are currently at the top of Group F with a point from Lazio.