By: Mariam Ayebare & Agencies
Eight goals in the Champions’ League group stage for rank outsiders Red Bull Salzburg proved that there was more to this 19-year-old than his surname.
For a man who has now scored 39 times this season, it seems faintly ridiculous to suggest that Tuesday’s brace against Paris Saint-Germain was the night the teenage sensation really announced himself.
But that is the power and allure of the biggest stage in world football. Kylian Mbappe was banging the goals in Ligue 1, but it was only when he repeated the trick in the latter stages of this competition in 2017 that Europe took notice.
Haaland showcased everything about his game that has got tongues wagging, even a box-to-box sprint in just 6.64 seconds went viral. It’s the variety in his game that is so impressive, he’s a target man who can play off the last shoulder of defense, who can also come deep and lay the ball off.
His two strikes, one an instinctive poke in the six-yard box and the other, a piledriver from range, showed how difficult he is to stop. On the other side of the pitch, Mbappe and Neymar could only stand and admire.