Erling Haaland is taking the Bundesliga by storm. The 19-year-old scored two late goals in a smashing 5-1 victory for Borussia Dortmund over FC Köln on Friday, teaming up with Jadon Sancho to provide attacking flair at the Westfalenstadion.
Dortmund opened the scoring in the first minute, when Raphaël Guerreiro cut inside to simply pass a squared ball from Sancho into the back of the net. The build-up came off a beautiful long-ball delivery from Mats Hummels to Marco Reus, before finding it's way to Sancho:
Dortmund's second goal followed a similar storyline, with Hummels once again sending a fantastic ball over the top to Reus, who slotted it through Köln keeper Tim Horn's legs after two bounces. A quick VAR check determined that the number 9 was onside, and the 29th minute celebration restarted.
After the break, Sancho—the other of Dortmund's 19-year-old phenoms—put home his 11th goal of the season after a delightful series of feigns put defender Rafael Czichos on his heels, giving the England international enough space to fire near-post.
With the game well in hand, Lucien Favre introduced Haaland at five minutes past the hour mark and shortly after Köln's only goal of the match. With the remaining 25 minutes, the Norwegian torched the Köln defense for two of his own. The first was clinical, coming off a rebound from one of Dortmund's nine shots on net. The second was a work of art, as the former RB Salzburg striker touched a through-ball from Mahmoud Dahoud around a hesitant Horn, and turned quickly to pass the ball from a tough angle into the net.
With the double, Haaland has now scored five goals in only 56 minutes of Bundesliga action, following his hat-trick on Saturday against Augsburg. He's now the fastest to five goals in league history, and is undoubtedly adding to the misery of Manchester United fans so hopeful of him linking up with fellow Norwegian Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Instead of joining forces, Haaland has outstripped the English outfit for league goals in the 2020 calendar, 5-4.
The victory places the Black and Yellows in third-place in the Bundesliga table, only a point above fourth-place Mönchengladbach, who play 15th-place Mainz on Saturday. Regardless of that result, the progress at Signal Iduna Park has been clear, and Favre's men will look to continue their fine form on February 1st against Union Berlin, when we may finally see Erling Haaland in the starting XI.