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Borussia Dortmund 2-1 Paris Saint-Germain: Haaland brace stuns returning Tuchel

By Ben Spratt
Erling Haaland

Dortmund, February 19: Erling Haaland continued his outstanding season with a brilliant Champions League brace against Paris Saint-Germain to secure Borussia Dortmund a 2-1 first-leg win in their last-16 tie.

Teenage striker Haaland scored eight times in the group stage for Salzburg before joining Dortmund in January and continuing to plunder goals at a frightening rate.

He took his BVB tally to 11 in seven appearances to deservedly settled the game in Dortmund's favour, leaving PSG facing the prospect of further heartache at this stage of the competition.

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Neymar, returning from a rib injury, had stolen an equaliser with 15 minutes remaining, but Haaland's second effort – a stunning 18-yard drive – swiftly followed, and Thomas Tuchel has plenty of work to do against his former side back in Paris to avoid a fourth straight last-16 exit.

Neymar narrowly missed the target with an 11th-minute free-kick, although his next set-piece could have led to the opener at the other end as Jadon Sancho launched a five-man break from a PSG corner but selfishly went alone and shot wide.

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Keylor Navas had to be alert to parry away a curling effort when Sancho threatened again, before Haaland thumped past the left-hand post from his first sight of goal.

Kylian Mbappe blasted straight at Roman Burki twice in quick succession as PSG belatedly fed him in the area in the second half, and the visitors were made to pay when Haaland found his range in the 69th minute.

Raphael Guerreiro's low shot from Achraf Hakimi's cutback was blocked in front of Navas, but Haaland reacted quicker than any defender to lift the loose ball over the prone goalkeeper.

That strike sparked a manic spell, and PSG were level when Mbappe squared for Neymar to tap into an unguarded net and silence the Signal Iduna Park crowd.

However, Haaland was not to be outdone and thundered a sensational drive into the top-left corner from teenage substitute Giovanni Reyna's pass two minutes later.

Neymar went close to providing another equaliser when he struck the outside of the post nine minutes from time, but Dortmund held on to triumph.

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Story first published: Wednesday, February 19, 2020, 3:30 [IST]
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