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Dortmund´s Bellingham hails record-breaking Haaland: He´s a joke!

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 25 Nov 2020

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Jude Bellingham described star Borussia Dortmund team-mate Erling Haaland as “a joke” after breaking a Champions League record.

Haaland became the quickest player to 15 Champions League goals in the competition’s history after opening the scoring in Tuesday’s 3-0 win over Club Brugge.

The 2020 Golden Boy winner, who already set a similar record for the five- and 10-goal marks, finished with a brace as he took his tally to 16 through 12 games in the Champions League, surpassing Ruud van Nistelrooy and Roberto Soldado with seven matches to spare.

“The guy is incredible. Six goals in his last two games and I’m sure many more before that,” Dortmund midfielder Bellingham said via UEFA.com.

“He’s a joke. Right now he’s one of the best strikers in the world and he’s fantastic to play with.”

Jadon Sancho teed up Haaland’s 18th-minute opener before the Norway forward – who netted four times in the 5-2 Bundesliga rout of Hertha Berlin – claimed his second of the Group F fixture on the hour-mark.

Haaland has 10 goals through seven Bundesliga matches this season, and 17 across all competitions in 2020-21 – including a Champions League-high six strikes.

Sancho struck in between Haaland’s double, becoming the first Englishman to score a direct free-kick in the Champions League while playing for a non-English side since David Beckham for Real Madrid in 2005.

“I’m just happy to be playing with him,” Sancho said. “He’s an incredible player. He contributes greatly on the pitch and I was happy to assist him today.

“Recently he got the Golden Boy award and I’m very happy for him because he deserves it for how hard he works. He’s a fantastic player.”

Dortmund – who recorded their 200th, 201st and 202nd goals in the Champions League, making them the 13th club to record the milestone – top Group F through four matchdays, a point ahead of Lazio.

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