Erling Haaland said ‘karma’ came back to bite ‘cheating’ Sevilla goalkeeper Yassine Bounou after Borussia Dortmund saw off their Spanish opposition to book their place in the Champions League quarter-finals.
Dortmund, leading 3-2 from the last-16 first leg, extended their advantage in the 35th minute as club captain Marco Reus cut the ball back to Haaland, who made no mistake from close range at Signal Iduna Park.
The real drama of the night came shortly after half-time as a rampaging Haaland barrelled his way past Fernandes Reges before finding the back of the net from a tight angle, only to have the goal disallowed for a foul.
But the video assistant referee signalled for a penalty to be given after an earlier shirt-pull on Haaland by Jules Kounde.
And while Haaland’s the first attempt was saved, he made no mistake second time around after Bounou was adjudged to moved too early off his line for the initial spot-kick.
Later replays showed Bounou taunting Haaland following the first penalty miss and the Norwegian made sure to get his own back by repeating the gesture in the immediate aftermath of his successful strike which provoked furious a furious reaction from Sevilla players.
A pair of goals from Youssef En-Nesyri after the penalty chaos gave the visitors hope of progressing but Dortmund held on to draw 2-2 which saw them seal a spot in the next round with a 5-4 aggregate lead.
‘It was a hard game. You see now I’m tired but next round so it feels very good,’ Haaland – whose brace meant he became the fastest player to reach 20 Champions League goals – told Optus Sport.
‘We knew that they were going to come very hard but when we scored the goal they needed to score two or three and then we scored and 1-0 until half-time was very good so it was a nice goal.’
According to Haaland, Bounou got his comeuppance after ‘cheating’ for his first penalty which was saved.
‘He was too far outside and if he stood on the line I would still score with this [first] one and that’s what happened with the second one,’ the striker added.
‘First of all, it was a nice goal before then it was a penalty which I missed.
‘And then he cheated so I took it again and then I scored when he didn’t cheat.’
Asked whether he was nervous, Haaland said: ‘To be honest, I was a little bit on the second penalty.
But when he was screaming in my face after the first one I was thinking, “Ah, it would be even better to score another goal”, and that’s what happened so it was nice.
‘I don’t know what it means but I said what he said after I missed the first one.
‘So I said the same and maybe it’s karma in this world. I think so after this.’