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Haaland bags hat-trick on UCL debut

19-year-old Salzburg forward, Erling Braut Haaland, hit a phenomenal first-half hat-trick on his UEFA Champions League debut – taking his goal tally to 17 goals in just nine games.

Haaland, who is the son of former Leeds, Manchester City and Nottingham Forest player Alf-Inge Haaland, struck three times for Salzburg in their 6-2 win at home to Genk in Group E this morning.

The teenager became the third-youngest player in Champions League history to score a hat-trick, at 19 years and 58 days old.

The two youngest players to achieve the same feat were Real Madrid legend Raúl González (18 years, 113 days) and Manchester United’s all-time leading goalscorer Wayne Rooney (18 years, 340 days).

Haaland also became the first teenager to mark his Champions League debut with a hat-trick since Rooney’s in Manchester United’s 6-2 win over Fenerbahce back in 2004.

His treble on Wednesday morning was his fourth of the season and also saw the Norway international reach the 17 goal-mark in all competitions in just nine games.

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