Erling Haaland Admits Norway Teammate Dived In Hilarious And Refreshing Interview
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Erling Haaland says Norway teammate Morten Thorsby dived to win a penalty in their Nations League victory over Sweden on Sunday.
The incoming Manchester City striker scored both goals in a 2-1 win which takes Norway top of Group B4.
His first came from the spot after Thorsby was judged to have been fouled by Emil Krafth.
A second viewing shows the Sampdoria man was barely touched and in a post-match interview, Haaland expressed his thoughts in typical fashion.
Per Heskja, the presenter asks Haaland: "The Swedes are mad because they are sure that Thorsby dived, what's your opinion?"
Haaland then replies: "I think he should have passed the ball to me, and I would've scored, but it looks like a dive."
The 21-year-old is then given a chance to watch the incident back and after doing so, states: "Oh, let me see here. In an Italian way, you can say. This is something he brought from Italy. But they touch? No, it's a dive, in all honesty. Oh well, it is what it is."
Haaland made no mistake and fired home to give Norway the lead, before adding a second after the break with a lovely finish.
Sweden would get a consolation late on through Manchester United youngster Anthony Elanga, who was set up for his first international goal by Tottenham Hotspur star Dejan Kulusevski.
Haaland was motivated throughout by alleged insults from Sweden defender Alexander Milosevic.
"First he called me a wh**e. I can safely say that I am not," the outgoing Borussia Dortmund prodigy told TV2.
"Secondly, he said he was going to break my legs, a minute and a half later I scored. That was fine, that."
AIK defender Milosevic has since denied those claims and said he had no way of communicating with Haaland due to the language barrier.
Footage appears to show the duo involved in a conversation in the game, but it's unknown what was said.
Haaland had brushed it off by the time he was back in the dressing room though and celebrated wildly with his teammates.
Captain Martin Odegaard whacked 'Der Haaland' by DJ 11 on the speaker and let Haaland dance along.
The former RB Salzburg man then shared a video of himself nodding along to 'Wonderwall' by Oasis.