Haaland scores four as Dortmund beats Hertha

Youssoufa Moukoko of Borussia Dortmund and Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund celebrate after winning during the Bundesliga match between Hertha BSC and Borussia Dortmund at Olympiastadion on November 21, 2020 in Berlin, Germany.

Erling Haaland scored four goals and Youssoufa Moukoko became the youngest player in Bundesliga history as Borussia Dortmund beat Hertha Berlin 5-2 to move second on Saturday.

The buildup had been all about Moukoko, who was eligible for his debut after turning 16 on Friday. But Haaland stole the show on a cold night in Berlin before making way for the youngster’s debut in the 85th minute.

“I think he's the biggest talent in the world right now. 16 years and one day, that's quite amazing. He has a big career ahead of him,” Haaland said about Moukoko to ESPN. “I'm over 20 years, I'm getting old now. That's how it is.”

The first half was a hard-fought contest between two teams determined to close down the other’s space. Dortmund dominated possession but struggled to find gaps in Hertha’s committed defence.

In contrast, Hertha's Dodi Lukebakio was allowed too much room when he surged forward in the 33rd minute and Matheus Cunha let fly from outside the penalty area to break the deadlock.

It was a different story after the break. Haaland very quickly equalized when Emre Can sent a low cross to the far post for the Norwegian to convert from close distance.

Hertha was still recovering when Julian Brandt surged down the left and played a clever ball in to set up Haaland for his second in the 49th.

Dortmund’s players suddenly seemed to find plenty of space, and the visitors’ attacks kept coming.

A careless back pass from Marvin Plattenhardt led to Haaland’s third goal in the 62nd. Haaland got ahead of Omar Alderete and rounded the goalkeeper to complete his hat trick.

Raphaël Guerreiro scored Dortmund’s fourth in the 70th.

Cunha pulled one back with a penalty in the 79th, but Haaland replied a minute later with his fourth, set up by the 17-year-old Jude Bellingham.

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