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Things got heated the last time Erling Haaland and Bono met, it was brilliant chaos

Josh Lawless

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Things got heated the last time Erling Haaland and Bono met, it was brilliant chaos

The goalkeeper who will look to stop Erling Haaland continuing his incredible goalscoring run is one that he knows very well.

On Tuesday night Haaland and Manchester City kick off their 2022/23 Champions League group stage campaign against Sevilla, a team who he scored three times against in the round of 16 in 2021.

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Haaland hit a double in the first leg at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium, the scene of tonight's clash, and then struck once in the 2-2 draw in the second fixture at Signal Iduna Park.

And it was that encounter where Haaland had beef with Sevilla's shotstopper Yassine Bounou, more commonly referred to as 'Bono'.

Early on in the second half, there was seven minutes of chaos when Haaland's solo goal was chalked off but a penalty was awarded following a VAR review in the same phase of play.


Haaland took the penalty but saw his effort saved by Bono, who tipped the ball onto the post and denied the Norwegian on the rebound.

He then proceeded to celebrate right in Haaland's face. However, it came back to bite him on the backside as a retake was ordered due to the Moroccan being off his line.

Haaland went for the same side but converted at the second time of asking and returned the favour by goading Bono.


Sevilla were players were incensed and promptly ran after Haaland during his celebrations, with both players booked for their antics.

Image: Alamy
Image: Alamy

Afterwards, he gave a ruthlessly cold interview where he revealed he simply repeated what Bono had said to him.

"He was too far [off his line]," he told CBS Sports.

"If he stood on his line, I would have scored that one - and that's what happened on the second one.

"I missed and then he cheated. Then I took it again and scored when he didn't cheat.

"When he was screaming in my face after the first one, I was thinking 'it will be even better to score another goal' - and that's what happened, so it was nice."

Asked what he said to Bono, Haaland added "I don't want to say. I don't know what it means but I said what he said after I missed the first one. Maybe it's karma in this world."

There was a suggestion that the former Red Bull Salzburg man had said "unlucky" - but Colombian journalist Juan Sebastian Perez claimed that the pair had shouted 'Kiricocho' at one another.

Image: Alamy
Image: Alamy

Initially the name of a diehard Estudiantes fan who was part of manager Carlos Bilardo's superstition, it became a term used to wished ill fortune on the opposition.

We eagerly await the next battle between Haaland and Bono on the big stage.

Featured Image Credit: Image: BT Sport

Topics: Champions League, Erling Haaland, Manchester City, Borussia Dortmund

Josh Lawless
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