Haaland claim hat-trick on Dortmund debut

Agence France-Presse . Berlin | Published: 23:32, Jan 19,2020


Norwegian rising star Erling Braut Haaland came off the bench to claim a hat-trick inside 20 minutes on his Borussia Dortmund debut and inspire a 5-3 comeback win at Augsburg in the Bundesliga on Saturday -- despite not being fully fit.

The 19-year-old showed why Dortmund paid Salzburg 20 million euros ($22 million) for him last month when he came on in the 56th minute with his new team 3-1 down.

However, Dortmund coach Lucien Favre insisted the teen lacks full fitness following a knee knock.

‘He didn’t train at all in December, he had an injury, and in our training camp we couldn’t do much for three or four days,’ said Favre.

‘He’s not quite ready to play the 90 minutes and we have another game on Friday (home to Cologne).’

Haaland said he was ‘pretty relaxed’ about his hat-trick and brushed off questions about his fitness, replying dryly ‘did I look fit?’.

‘I’m at a fantastic club with great team-mates and good people around me. I came here to score goals and it was a good debut for me.’

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