Erling Braat Haaland scored three goals in the final half hour on his Bundesliga debut as Borussia Dortmund fought back from 1-3 to win 5-3 at FC Augsburg on Saturday.
Borussia Dortmund signed the highly-rated and much sought-after 19-year-old for a reported €22.5 million last month and he made an instant impact at the Augsburg Arena on his debt.
The game was at 0-0 until the 34th minute when Florian Niederlechner slid home his ninth of the season from inside the six-yard box after Lukasz Piszczek was comfortably beaten down the wing.
19 seconds into the second half and FC Augsburg doubled their lead with an outrageous 30-yard strike from Marco Richter that left Roman Burki flat footed as the ball flew past the Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper and into the corner.
If Borussia Dortmund are to put up any sort of a title challenge this season they will need to outscore opponents. You can be sure they were not going out with a fight in this one and had a goal back less than four minutes after conceding their second. Thorgan Hazard squared the ball to Julian Brandt inside the penalty area, the German international spun 360 degrees before a powerful left-footed effort went in off the inside of the near post.
In a carbon copy of Augsburg’s first they got their third in the 55th minute when Philipp Max had all the time and space down the left-hand side of the penalty area to pick out an unmarked Niederlechner to slide home from close range to reach double figures on the season.
That forced Lucien Favre to immediately introduce Erling Haaland. The Norwegian teenager replaced Piszczek in the 56th minute. Three minutes later it was 2-3. Axel Witsel played the ball into the striker’s feet and despite the angle, Haaland fired a first-time left-footed effort across goal and in off the post.
Two minutes later a long ball over the top picked out Jadon Sancho. The England international dribbled past Augsburg goalkeeper Tomas Koubek before tapping into an empty net to make it 3-3.
10 minutes later and the Augsburg defence was caught out by a long pass again. Thorgan Hazard was the beneficiary. The Belgian playmaker too dribbled past Koubek, but with a defender on the line, squared the ball to Haaland for a tap in. The offside flag went up but after VAR inspection, the goal was allowed to stand.
Nine minutes later, Erling Haaland marked his incredible Bundesliga debut with a hat-trick. Once again, Augburg’s defence was high up the pitch, allowing Marco Reus to slide the striker in on goal. Haaland produced a composed finish to make it 5-3 and put the game out of sight.
Victory has moved Borussia Dortmund up to fourth, level on points with Bayern Munich before their trip to Hertha BSC on Sunday, and two behind Borussia Mönchengladbach, who lost at Schalke 04 on Friday.