Norway’s Haaland scores nine in U20 World Cup win
Norway striker Erling Braut Haaland, the son of former Leeds United and Manchester City player Alf-Inge, scored a record of nine goals in a single under-20 World Cup game as his side thrashed Honduras 12-0 in Lublin.
Haaland scored four times in the first half, including one penalty, as his side raced out to a 5-0 lead.
The 18-year-old striker, who plays his club football for Red Bull Salzburg in Austria, added another five minutes into the second half before Honduras had Axel Gomez sent off.
He went on to add four more goals, including two in the final three minutes, but still felt he should have plundered even more.
“It annoys me a little bit that I didn’t score with my last kick of the game. I’ll have to sit down and think a little bit about it and maybe I’ll work out what happened,” he told the Norwegian Football Association’s website (www.fotball.no).
Having lost their opening games to Uruguay and New Zealand, the win gives Norway a chance of advancing to the knockout stages of the 24-team tournament as one of the four best third-placed teams from the six groups.
The Hondurans finished the game with nine men after Everson Lopez was shown a straight red card and crashed out of the tournament with no points following three defeats and no goals scored.
REUTERS/Reporting by Philip O’Connor Editing by Toby Davis