Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland hilariously called out Sevilla goalkeeper Bono for ‘cheating’ after he saved the Norwegian’s penalty during Tuesday night’s tetchy Champions League last 16 clash by coming off his line.
Haaland had opened the scoring in the game and then appeared to double Dortmund’s lead early in the second half to extend their aggregate lead over the Spaniards to 5-2. But his second goal was chalked off following a VAR intervention and played was brought back to an earlier incident in which Haaland had seen his shirt pulled in the penalty area by Sevilla centre-back Jules Kounde.
The Dortmund number nine stepped up to take the spot kick, but his effort and the rebound was saved by Bono, who proceeded to taunt Haaland. Moments later, the shoe was on the other foot.
Play was brought back because replays showed Bono to have illegally taken a step forward off his line before the penalty was struck. Haaland stepped up for the re-take and aimed for the same corner, rippling the net with a more hesitant Bono unable to reach it.
“He was too far [off the line] and if he was stood on the line I would have scored…and that is what happened on the [re-taken] second one,” Haaland quipped to reporters after the game.
“First of all, it was a nice goal before [that was disallowed], but then it was a penalty. I missed [but] he cheated and I took it again and I scored when he didn’t cheat.”
Sevilla later pulled two goals back, but Haaland’s brace meant that Dortmund still prevailed 5-4 on aggregate and will progress to the Champions League quarter-finals.
20-year-old Haaland is now the youngest player in Champions League history to score 20 goals in the competitions. Even more remarkably, he has achieved that milestone in just 14 games.
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