Stuart Dallas’ Northern Ireland were given a footballing lesson on Monday night, as Norway smashed them 5-1.
They conceded three goals in the first half of the game – the first time since their 6-0 loss to the Netherlands in June 2012 – and Dortmund striker Erling Haaland got one in each half in a brilliant performance.
One of Haaland’s goals showed why he’s one of the most sought-after strikers in the world today.
Norge knuste Nord-Irland 5-1! Braut Haaland var "on fire" i dagens kamp🔥 pic.twitter.com/f7uHTNQiYT
— TV 2 Sporten (@2sporten) September 7, 2020
After the game, Haaland asked to swap shirts with Dallas and he explained why on Norweigan TV afterwards.
As translated by a Norwegian coach and Leeds fan, he said, “I think he is a great player and the best player out there today.”
Håland to Norwegian TV on why he wanted Dallas shirt: «i think he is a Great player and the best player out there today»
— marius vatnaland (@MariusVatnaland) September 7, 2020
Good news for Saturday
With the 5-1 scoreline, it’s debatable whether Dallas was the best player on the pitch but we’re sure he’ll take the compliment – and the shirt.
Leeds have history with Haaland. His dad is former Leeds star Alf-Inge Haaland and, according to Phil Hay, the Dortmund youngster was close to signing for Leeds when he played for Molde.
Instead, Red Bull Salzburg signed him before he made his move to Dortmund.
It’s a case of what might have been and while Leeds fans still dream of him signing, that ship has sailed for now and Champions League football is probably the only way of tempting him back.
The best thing from a Leeds’ perspective last night is that Dallas played after missing training with Northern Ireland on Sunday.
He came through the 90 minutes seemingly unscathed to collect his souvenir at the end of the game.
He’ll be a key player for Leeds on Saturday as they look to get something out of their first Premier League game back in over 16 years.
Liverpool away is likely to pose an even tougher test for Dallas then Norway.
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