It was a match where one did not expect enough twist in the tale when Borussia Dortmund were leading by 2-0, but in the 68th minute and injury time, Dortmund had their hearts in the mouth when Youssef En-Nesyri struck twice and raised the hopes for Sevilla. But in the end, no remarkable resurrection was done; rather, it became another night of records for the marvelous Erling Haaland.
Haaland beat Bono from the penalty spot to put Dortmund 2-0 up, in the process taking his own tally to 20 in the competition. It took Haaland just 14 games to reach the mark, meaning he made it quicker than any other player in history.
He opened the scoring 35 minutes into the first half, extending his run in front of the goal to six consecutive Champions League games. At 20 years and 231 days of age, he is the youngest player to achieve such a feat in Europe’s top tournament at club level.
In the second half, he extended Dortmund’s aggregate lead to 5-2 with a penalty and set a new benchmark with his 20th Champions League goal.
Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur was the previous owner of the record, reaching the figure in a comparatively sluggish 24 games.
He is also Norway’s top scorer in the Champions League, overtaking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who netted 19 times in the competition.
Haaland’s second strike triggered hot heads.
He had three opportunities to score before finally getting back on the score-sheet.
First, he raced his way to goal before shooting past Bono, only to see referee Cuneyt Cakir bring review the action for suspected foul play.
It was deemed that Haaland had committed an infraction on Fernando on the way to the goal, but VAR brought play-back even further to spot a previous push on the forward by Jules Kounde.
He took the penalty himself and saw Bono save both his first effort and the rebound, although the goalkeeper’s joy was short-lived as Cakir ordered a retake as he had strayed off his line.
Haaland scored from the penalty spot and finally claimed the record – also earning a yellow card for his troubles due to squabbling with Kounde in the aftermath of the initial passage of play.