Champions League: Haaland magic gives Dortmund edge over PSG
Erling Haaland cannot stop scoring.
His two strikes in the Champions League on Tuesday were his 10th and 11th goals since joining Borussia Dortmund in January. They also gave him 10 goals in the Champions League, the most by any player after seven games in the competition.
But most of all, it gave Dortmund a valuable 2-1 lead over Paris Saint-Germain after the first leg of their last 16 tie.
"These are the nights you live for," Haaland told DAZN, a sports streaming service, after Tuesday's game.
The Norwegian striker is just 19, and he has worn black and yellow for less than two months, but he is already Dortmund's most valuable player. The German side may only go as far in the Champions League as Haaland takes them.
As it happened...
Borussia Dortmund 2-1 Paris Saint-Germain(Haaland 69', 77' — Neymar 76')Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund
22:57 Erling Haaland to DAZN after the game: "I want to go far in this competition... These are the nights you live for."
90+2' Thiago Silva heads a corner from Neymar just over the crossbar.
90+1' Dortmund substitution Marcel Schmelzer replaces Jadon Sancho, a tactical change from Lucien Favre.
90+1' Two minutes added on
90' Yellow card Marquinhos gets booked.
89' Yellow card Marco Veratti gets booked for arguing with referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz. He will miss the second leg in Paris.
81' Neymar jumps on a loss ball on the right side of the penalty area and fires, but his shot hits the top off the post and out of play.
77' PSG substitution Pablo Sarabia replaces Angel Di Maria, a straight change from Thomas Tuchel.
77' GOAL Erling Haaland puts Dortmund ahead again! Mats Hummels picks out Giovanni Reyna on the right wing. The 17-year-old American slots a pass to Haaland, who unleashes a thundering shot into the back of the net. Borussia Dortmund 2, Paris Saint-Germain 1
76' GOAL Neymar provides Paris Saint-Germain with a crucial away goal. Kylian Mbappe breaks down the right and crosses, with Neymar taps the pass in from close range. Borussia Dortmund 1, Paris Saint-Germain 1
69' GOAL Erling Haaland gives Borussia Dortmund the lead! Achraf Hakimi's cross finds Raphael Guerreiro, who touches it on to Erling Haaland. The Norwegian striker finishes from close range. Borussia Dortmund 1, Paris Saint-Germain 0
67' Dortmund substitution Giovanni Reyna replaces Thorgan Hazard, a straight change from Lucien Favre.
67' Achraf Hakimi fires a long-range curling effort just over the crossbar.
66' Neymar finds Kylian Mbappe on the right side of the penalty area. The young Frenchman fires, but Roman Bürki holds firm for the save. Neymar's follow-up effort falls wide right.
65' Thorgan Hazard tries to find Erling Haaland with a cross, but the pass is easily cut out by Thiago Silva.
61' Jadon Sancho, Raphael Guerreiro and Axel Witsel combine well on a corner routine, but Sancho's cross at the end of it falls in a sea of PSG defenders.
59' Yellow card Neymar sees yellow for elbowing Axel Witsel's chin during an unsuccessful nutmeg attempt.
54' Yellow card Idrissa Gueye gets booked for a foul on Axel Witsel
50' Thorgan Hazard makes a terrific run into the penalty area, but his cross is blocked out of play.
46' Second half underway!
21:45 Some halftime statistics
- Possession: Dortmund 45%, PSG 55%
- Shots: Dortmund 7 (2 on target), PSG 2 (none on target)
- Pass success: Dortmund 82.4%, PSG 87.9%
44' Yellow card Axel Witsel is booked for a foul on Angel Di Maria
43' Erling Haaland plays the ball out wide to Thorgan Hazard, but Marquinhos blocks Hazard's cross out of play. Jadon Sancho's ensuing corner is cleared by Thiago Silva.
41' Dan-Axel Zagadou pushes Angel Di Maria off the ball before the Argentinian winger can unleash a shot. PSG have only one shot in the game to this point.
36' Emre Can wins a ball in midfield and starts the break. He finds Jadon Sancho on the left, but the English winger's cross for Erling Haaland is just out of his reach.
35' Erling Haaland receives the ball on the left side of the penalty area and lets and effort loose, but his shot hits the side netting. One one shot from either side has been on target.
27' Jadon Sancho receives a pass on the right side of the box and fires, but Keylor Navas makes the save — the best chance of the game so far.
24' Jadon Sancho crosses from the left, looking for Erling Haaland at the near post. But the ball falls to Keylor Navas.
23' A free kick by Jadon Sancho meets the head of Mats Hummels, but the Dortmund defender heads it over the bar. Neither side has a shot on target.
14' Jadon Sancho makes a run on the break, but his shot from the top of the penalty area skips wide left.
14' Achraf Hakimi goes to ground and hits a pass out of play. Neymar's ensuing corner is cleared at the near post by Erling Haaland.
11' Neymar curls a free kick just outside the right post.
3' Jadon Sancho appears to have gotten through the PSG defense, but the flag is up for offside.
1' Kickoff! The game in Dortmund is underway.
20:55 The Borussia Dortmund fans organized a terrific pregame choreography.
20:45 Michael Zorc to Sky Sports before the game: "We need to be brave, concentrate and defend together, especially since the game is at home."
20:10 Lukasz Piszczek is making his 50th Champions League appearance for Borussia Dortmund. He is wearing the captain's armband for the home side.
20:05 Neymar is making his first start after missing four games with a rib injury. He has a goal and two assists in two Champions League games.
20:00 Lineups are in!
BVB: Bürki – Piszczek, Hummels, Zagadou – Hakimi, Can, Witsel, Guerreiro – Hazard, Haaland, Sancho
PSG: Navas – Meunier, Kimpembe, Thiago Silva, Kurzawa – Verratti, Marquinhos, Gueye – Di Maria, Mbappe, Neymar
Former Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel returns to the Westfalen Stadion for the first time as they host Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of their Champions League round-of-16 clash on Tuesday night. In the prematch press conference, the German played down the significance of his personal history at the club, saying that he was solely focused on the "huge challenge" that his team would be facing over the two legs.
Both teams are very capable of scoring, but Dortmund have also shipped a lot of goals in recent weeks, and BVB coach Lucien Favre told the prematch press conference that his team would be looking to keep the score down on Tuesday night. Dortmund are hoping the newly arrived defensive midfielder Emre Can will help shore things up at the back.
Dortmund could also field another arrival, 19-year-old striker Erling Haaland in Europe for the first time. The Norwegian has scored nine goals in six games in all competitions for Dortmund, but he also scored eight in six matches for his former club, Salzburg in the group stage.
Tuchel, on the other hand, said he expected Neymar to be available after returning from injury.
"If we have Neymar on the field, we have the self-confidence,'' Tuchel said. "It changes everything for us."