The 19-year-old Red Bull Salzburg star was unstoppable on Tuesday as he matched a Manchester United legend
Red Bull Salzburg forward Erling Braut Haaland matched Wayne Rooney on Tuesday with a spectacular first-half hat-trick on his Champions League debut.
The 19-year-old Norwegian fired three of Salzburg’s five goals in the first half of their group stage opener against Belgian champions Genk.
His first came just two minutes into the match, giving the Austrian side the early advantage at home.
Haaland added another in the 34th minute before Hwang Hee-chan adding Salzburg’s third just two minutes later.
The hat-trick was then completed in the 45th minute, with Dominik Sazoboszlai adding another in stoppage time of the opening half.
With the hat-trick, Haaland has been the first teenager to score more than once on his Champions League debut since Wayne Rooney netted a hat-trick for Manchester United in a 6-2 triumph over Fenerbahce all the way back in September 2004.
19y 58d – Erling Haaland, aged 19 years and 58 days, has been the third youngest soccer professional to score a Champions League hat-trick, behind Raúl (18y 113d in 1995) and Wayne Rooney (18y 340d in 2004). Welcome. pic.twitter.com/24DNlzXdza
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 17, 2019
Haaland, at 19 years and 58 days, has been additionally the third-youngest soccer professional to score a Champions League hat-trick, behind only Real Madrid legend Raul (18y 113d in 1995) and Rooney (18y 340d in 2004).
The only other teenager to net a Champions League hat-trick has been Yakubu, who scored a hat-trick for Maccabi Haifa in a win over Olympiacos in 2002.
However, Haaland has been the first teenager to ever score a first-half hat-trick on his debut as he also became the eighth soccer professional ever to score three in his first Champions League match.
The goals were only the latest in the 19-year-old’s breakout campaign, having already lit up his domestic league during Salzburg’s perfect start to the season.
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Salzburg have won each of their first seven league matches, with Haaland scoring 11 goals.
In addition, the forward netted a hat-trick in a 7-1 victory over SC-ESV Parndorf 1919 in the Austrian Cup.
Haaland, who played under current Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Molde, made headlines over the summer when he scored nine goals in Norway’s 12–0 win against Honduras at the Under-20 World Cup. He has since earned two caps for the senior team.