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When Erling Haaland Scored A Ridiculous Nine Goals In One Game

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When Erling Haaland Scored A Ridiculous Nine Goals In One Game

Erling Haaland announced himself to the footballing world on 30 May 2019 when he hit a "hat-trick of hat-tricks" for Norway in a 12-0 annihilation of Honduras.

Haalad wasn't exactly a household name prior to the game but immediately there was a buzz surrounding him after he scored a ridiculous nine goals in the FIFA Under 20 World Cup fixture in Poland.

It was a new record for the youth tournament, beating Adaílton's six strikes for Brazil in a 10-3 win over Korea Republic in 1997.

Haaland also secured the Golden Boot award courtesy of his nine-goal haul.

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Having failed to score in his first two games, Haaland struck in the 7th, 20th, 36th, 43rd, 50th, 67th, 77th, 88th and 90th minute in the game and even had a couple of goals disallowed due to VAR's intervention.

While he clearly wasn't playing against the best opposition and Honduras ended the game with nine man, his movement, quality of finishes and variety of goals scored was utterly sublime.

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But his game wasn't just about goals. Haaland's appreciation of space, link up with teammates, energy and work-rate was thoroughly impressive throughout and it's no surprise that he's gone on to become one of the deadliest strikers in world football.

His mentality is one of Haaland's greatest strengths and even back then the former Molde man had bags of it.

"It annoys me a little bit that I didn't score with my last kick of the game. I'll have to sit down and think a little bit about it and maybe I'll work out what happened," he told the Norwegian Football Association's website post-match.

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A matter of months later, Haaland exploded onto the European stage, bagging a stunning hat-trick for Red Bull Salzburg in a 6-2 win over Genk in his Champions League debut.

He scored eight in his first six Champions League appearances and has gone from strength at Borussia Dortmund after joining the Bundesliga outfit in the middle of last season.

Image: PA
Image: PA

A hat-trick off the bench on his debut got him off to a dream start and the 20-year-old now has over 100 career goals to his name - including 47 in 48 appearances for Dortmund.

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Both he and Kylian Mbappe have been tipped to tussle it out for the Ballon d'Or in the coming years, in a rivalry on par with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi's run at the top.

Topics: Football, Erling Haaland, Borussia Dortmund, Norway

Josh Lawless
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