DORTMUND:Teenage record-breaker Erling Braut Haaland warned Borussia Dortmund nonetheless have all of it to do to achieve the Champions League quarter-finals even after his two targets sank Neymar’s Paris Saint-Germain.
Haaland netted both aspect of a Neymar equaliser on Tuesday because the Brazilian celebrity 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 need to undergo, it’ll be a tough sport,” Haaland stated of the return leg in Paris on March 11, “however we’re an excellent group.
“The result’s fairly a harmful one, as Paris has a really sturdy group 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, stated the house aspect’s defence had been key.
“It was an enormous assertion from the group how we defended at present. We all know it is not over — it is simply half-time,” stated Can, whose everlasting switch from Juventus was confirmed Tuesday.
Nonetheless, the night time belonged Haaland who has 11 targets in his first seven video games for Dortmund and warned there may be extra to return.
“I really feel like I nonetheless can do quite a bit higher,” stated Haaland.
“I’ve to work exhausting to enhance to play higher at this stage.”
Having additionally scored eight targets for Salzburg within the group phases earlier than his 20 million-euro switch to Dortmund, Haaland made Champions League historical past on Tuesday.
His tally of 10 targets 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 to this point scored 39 instances 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 turned the primary participant to attain a hat-trick off the bench on his Bundesliga debut.
His unimaginable strike for his second objective 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.
‘Necessary Neymar objective’
Paris defender Marquinhos stated Neymar’s away objective may show essential within the dwelling leg.
“We weren’t intense sufficient with or with out the ball and did loads of issues badly, nonetheless the objective we received is vital for the second leg,” he stated.
The presence of the world’s most costly participant was a serious increase for his group, 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 similar 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 stated his group nonetheless has time to search out their type.
“Neymar hadn’t performed for a fortnight, however he is essential for Kylian (Mbappe), there may be concord between them and if Neymar lacks rhythm, it is instantly noticeable,” stated Tuchel.
“We did not have sufficient possession, we made too many straightforward errors, we weren’t sensible sufficient and we misplaced the ball too early.
“It is tough, but it surely’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 consequence provides Dortmund solely a slender benefit with PSG’s passionate dwelling followers set to get behind their group within the return leg.
“After all it is a harmful consequence, however we performed effectively in each defence and assault,” stated Dortmund’s Swiss coach.
“Nonetheless, as issues stand it is 2-1 to us.”