Erling Haaland Scores his first international hat-trick for Norway

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Erling Haaland is just 20-year-old but he is steadily building himself as one of the fiercest strikers in Europe for both club and country. Just after 6 caps for Norway’s senior national team, the center-forward has landed his first hat-trick for his country.

The three goals Haaland scored against Romania on Sunday during his country’s UEFA Nations League brought his total international goals to 6 in 6 appearances for Norway’s senior soccer team.

This means that the 20-year-old winger who played for RB Salzburg before he joined Borussia Dortmund in 2019 has scored a total number of 56 goals in 56 matches for both clubs and country.

In the Nations League matched played at the Oslo’s Ullevaal Stadium in Norway which ended 4-0 in favor of the host country, Erling Haaland opened the scoring in the 13th minute after taking advantage of Real Madrid‘s Martin Odegaard assist.

From that point, Romanian players identified the Borussia Dortmund‘s fast-rising superstar as the biggest threat in the match and was marked down in most parts of the first half.

While Haaland was caged out of the match, RB Leipzig’s Alexander Sorloth stepped up to tap in Norway’s second goal in the 39th minute to make it 2-0 before the end of the first half.

Erling Haaland came back for the second half proceedings as strong as he started the first half of the match. He got the chance to score his second goal in the 64th minute, thanks again to Odegaard who spotted the striker for his second assist.

Erling Haaland
Erling Haaland

At this point, the Borussia Dortmund star was unstoppable as he continued to fight for his first international hat-trick. The pacing striker finally got it in the 74th minute. This time around, it was the turn of Sørloth to provide him with the assist.

The beautiful victory has taken Norway to the second spot of League B Group 1 in the Nations League campaign. Austria that has 6 points in 3 games is occupying the first spot of the group due to superior goals difference.

“It’s nice to play with Odegaard. It will only get better in the years to come. We are still young,” Haaland told Norweigan outlet TV2 after the match.

While Odegaard described Haaland as a player that “starts perfectly every time and rarely goes offside. He times it well and always gets there first.”

Norway’s performance in the Nations League is a direct contrast to the country’s performance in Euro 2020 qualifiers. The country failed to win the play-off semi-final on Thursday against Serbia and Erling Haaland failed to register any goal.

Watch Erling Haaland display against Romania below