Teenage record-breaker Erling Braut Haaland warned Borussia Dortmund nonetheless have all of it to do to succeed in the Champions League quarter-finals even after his two objectives sank Neymar’s Paris Saint-Germain.
Haaland netted both facet of a Neymar equaliser on Tuesday because the Brazilian famous person scored on his return from damage because the French champions crashed to a 2-1 defeat at Dortmund within the final 16, first leg, tie.
“We want to go through, it’s going to be a hard game,” Haaland mentioned of the return leg in Paris on March 11, “however we’re an excellent workforce.
“The result’s fairly a harmful one, as Paris has a really robust workforce and may nonetheless undergo within the return leg.”
Haaland’s team-mate Emre Can, who alongside Axel Witsel labored tirelessly in Dortmund’s midfield to comprise Neymar and France striker Kylian Mbappe, mentioned the house facet’s defence had been key.
“It was a big statement from the team how we defended today. We know it’s not over — it’s just half-time,” mentioned Can, whose everlasting switch from Juventus was confirmed Tuesday.
Nonetheless, the evening belonged Haaland who has 11 objectives in his first seven video games for Dortmund and warned there’s extra to return.
“I feel like I still can do a lot better,” mentioned Haaland.
“I have to work hard to improve to play better at this level.”
Having additionally scored eight objectives for Salzburg within the group levels earlier than his 20 million-euro ($22 million) switch to Dortmund, Haaland made Champions League historical past on Tuesday.
His tally of 10 objectives in his first seven Champions League matches is now a brand new file within the competitors and makes him the joint top-scorer alongside Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski.
The teenage goal-machine has thus far scored 39 occasions in 29 video games this season for Salzburg and Dortmund.
The 19-year-old had already despatched information tumbling since arriving in Dortmund final month when he grew to become the primary participant to attain a hat-trick off the bench on his Bundesliga debut.
His unbelievable strike for his second aim on Tuesday overshadowed Neymar’s return from a rib damage with PSG determined to interrupt their final 16 jinx having exited at this stage within the competitors in every of the final three seasons.
‘Important Neymar goal’
Paris defender Marquinhos mentioned Neymar’s away aim may show essential within the house leg.
“We weren’t intense enough with or without the ball and did a lot of things badly, however the goal we got is important for the second leg,” he mentioned.
The presence of the world’s costliest participant was a serious enhance for his workforce, after Neymar missed final season’s shock last-16 loss to Manchester United with a foot damage.
He additionally sat out the second leg of their defeat by Actual Madrid on the identical stage in 2018.
PSG’s German coach Thomas Tuchel admitted Neymar’s lack of match health had been an element within the away defeat, however mentioned his workforce nonetheless has time to search out their type.
“Neymar hadn’t played for a fortnight, but he is very important for Kylian (Mbappe), there is harmony between them and if Neymar lacks rhythm, it’s immediately noticeable,” mentioned Tuchel.
“We didn’t have sufficient possession, we made too many straightforward errors, we weren’t sensible sufficient and we misplaced the ball too early.
“It’s tough, nevertheless it’s 2-1 and we nonetheless have a couple of video games left to get again into the rhythm.”
His counterpart Lucien Favre echoed Haaland’s insistence that the outcome offers Dortmund solely a slender benefit with PSG’s passionate house followers set to get behind their workforce within the return leg.
“Of course it’s a dangerous result, but we played well in both defence and attack,” mentioned Dortmund’s Swiss coach.
“However, as things stand it’s 2-1 to us.”