Erling Haaland scored four goals and Youssoufa Moukoko became the youngest player in Bundesliga history as Borussia Dortmund beat Hertha Berlin 5-2 to move up second.
The build-up was all about Moukoko, who was eligible for his debut after turning 16 on Friday. But Haaland stole the show on a chilly Berlin night on Saturday before giving way to the youngster’s 85th-minute debut.
“I think he’s the biggest talent in the world right now. 16 years and one day it’s pretty amazing. He has a great career ahead of him,” Haaland told ESPN of Moukoko.
“I’m over 20, I’m getting old now. That’s how it is.”
The first half was a fierce fight between two teams determined to close each other’s space. Dortmund dominated possession but struggled to find gaps in Hertha’s committed defense.
In contrast, Hertha’s Dodi Lukebakio had too much room when he leapt forward in the 33rd minute and Matheus Cunha let fly from outside the penalty area to break the deadlock.
It was a different story after the break. Haaland equalized very quickly when Emre Can sent a low cross to the far post for the Norwegian to convert from close range.
Hertha was still recovering when Julian Brandt skidded to the left and played a smart ball to prepare Haaland for his second in the 49th.
The Dortmund players suddenly seemed to find plenty of space and attacks from the visitors continued to occur.
A reckless pass from Marvin Plattenhardt led to Haaland’s third goal in the 62nd. Haaland edged out Omar Alderete and rounded the keeper to complete his hat trick.
Raphaël Guerreiro scored Dortmund’s fourth goal in the 70th.
Cunha pulled one out with a penalty in the 79th, but Haaland responded a minute later with his fourth, set up by 17-year-old Jude Bellingham.
Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky will not be able to forget his counter-goal which saw Arminia Bielefeld equalize without shooting on goal.
Hradecky slipped as he tried to return Daley Sinkgraven’s back pass. He only brushed the ball as he continued in his goal for Bielefeld to equalize early in the second half.
Luckily for the Finnish keeper, Aleksandar Dragovic scored late as unbeaten Leverkusen won 2-1.
Augsburg, at 10, also scored late to draw 1-1 at Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Schalke’s club record-breaking streak extended to 24 games after losing 2-0 to Wolfsburg, and Hoffenheim conceded late to draw Stuttgart 3-3.
Leipzig took place 1-1 at Eintracht Frankfurt and dropped to fourth.
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