It was the saddest night for Erling Haaland, who chained his seventh game without scoring and said goodbye, together with his Borussia Dortmund, to the current Champions League. There will be no duel between the Norwegian star, Neymar and Mbappé in the semifinals. Neither will Haaland, one of Barcelona’s goals, fulfill his dream of playing in the Istanbul final. Perhaps it was not only his last match in the Euro tournament of the season but also in this tournament with Dormund, which also has it very difficult to play the next Champions League, since at the moment he is in the Bundesliga (in which he is 5th) 7 points from it.
Haaland did not score against Manchester City either in the first leg or in the second leg. He proved this Wednesday, in the second round against Pep Guardiola’s, his influence on the game in the Dortmund goal, which made his fans dream of the ‘semis’, since the play, culminated by Jude Bellingham, was born from a long ball from Emre Can towards the Norwegian.
But the truth is that Haaland was missing throughout the game in front of goal. The Borussia Dortmund star is currently the top scorer in the Champions League (with 10 goals, two more than Mbappé, who will face City in the semifinals), but in this semifinal he has not been the decisive player that his fans expect. He always fought, he helped in defense if necessary, but he was very isolated in order to receive good balls. Strangely off facing goal.
At 2-1 for Pep Guardiola’s at the Etihad, in the first leg, a 1-2 for the ‘citizens’ followed this Wednesday. Borussia Dortmund fans are now wondering if, with Haaland’s agents establishing contacts with one another, this is an end to the young Norwegian striker’s time in the Signal Iduna Park team.