Haaland takes tally to seven in three games with another double

BERLIN (AFP) – Erling Braut Haaland insisted he needs to get fitter despite making it seven goals in three games for Borussia Dortmund with another double in Saturday night’s 5-0 Bundesliga thrashing of Union Berlin, while Bayern Munich usurped RB Leipzig at the top of the table.

The 19-year-old Haaland, who had netted five times in his first two appearances after signing from Salzburg, scored either side of half-time at Signal Iduna Park on his first Dortmund start.

Haaland’s tally is the most by any Bundesliga player in their first three league matches.

But the Norwegian said he must still regain fitness after a knee injury last month restricted his training.

“It was pretty tough today, but it was also nice to play from the start,” Haaland told Sky. “I have to get even fitter, I am still not 100 per cent.”

Dortmund stay third in the table, three points behind leaders Bayern, who beat Mainz 3-1 to leave the top four clubs all within three points of each other.

England winger Jadon Sancho became the first teenager to score 25 Bundesliga goals when he started Dortmund’s rout of Union with a looping shot past goalkeeper Rafal Gikiewicz.

Haaland added to his record-breaking run on 18 minutes with a simple tap-in from a Julian Brandt cross, then won a penalty, which captain Marco Reus converted midway through the second half.

Midfielder Axel Witsel made it 4-0 on 70 minutes, firing home after Sancho’s brilliant pass took out two defenders.

Haaland completed the thrashing when a Brandt back-heel fell into his path and he drilled his shot past the despairing Gikiewicz.