Sixty-seven games, 68 goals — Erling Haaland’s brace against Union Berlin this weekend continued his impressive scoring rate for Borussia Dortmund.
At just 21 years of age, the Norwegian has already established a sense of inevitability reserved for the game’s greatest finishers.
With Dortmund already a goal ahead following a spectacular 10th minute volley from Raphael Guerreiro, Haaland’s first came midway through the first half.
Rising above two defenders, Haaland met Thomas Meunier’s teasing cross to steer a towering header past goalkeeper Andreas Luthe.
Victory for Dortmund seemed to be assured when Union’s Marvin Friedrich turned Marco Reus’s pull-back into his own net at the start of the second half.
However, a Max Kruse penalty and an Andreas Voglsammer header put the away side within reach of a stunning comeback, teeing up a nervous final 10 minutes for Dortmund.
Enter Haaland. Just minutes after Voglsammer’s goal, the forward raced onto Mats Hummels’ long pass, wrestling with Union defender Robin Knoche.
Tearing away from the defender, Haaland sent a looping, karate-kick style lob — reminiscent of Zlatan Ibrahimović’s effort against England almost a decade ago — sailing over a helpless Luthe to restore Dortmund’s two-goal advantage.
With seven goals and three assists in just five Bundesliga appearances this season, Haaland is averaging two goal contributions a game.
Only Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema (11) has been directly involved in more league goals in Europe’s top five leagues this season, according to data site Opta.