Football | Haaland continues to make history

Erling Haaland cannot stop scoring in the Champions League.

The 19-year-old striker scored an early penalty in Red Bull Salzburg’s 1-1 draw with Napoli in Italy to become the fourth player in Champions League history to score in his first four games.

Zé Carlos (FC Porto, 1992/93), Alessandro Del Piero (Juventus, 1995) and Diego Costa (Atlético Madrid, 2013/14) are the only other players to achieve the feat, with Kylian Mbappe the only other teeenager to score in four consecutive matches in the competition.

Haaland gave Salzburg the lead from the penalty spot in the 11th minute in Naples after Kalidou Koulibaly tripped Hee-Chan Hwang inside the area.

Hirving Lozano drew Napoli level on the stroke of half time, and the Group E rivals were eventually forced to settle for a point apiece.

Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Genk at Anfield in the group’s other game lifts the Reds to the summit of the group with two games remaining.

Haaland – son of former Premier League midfielder Alf-Inge – has now scored seven goals in his first four Champions League appearances; two more than any other player in the European tournament’s storied history.

The Norwegian forward’s seven goals – which have come against Napoli (three), Genk (three) and Liverpool – are more than any other teenager has managed in a single season in the competition.

Haaland is averaging a goal every 30 minutes in the tournament, and has also been prolific in Austria.

He has scored 12 goals in 11 league appearances for Salzburg this season, as well as four goals in two ÖFB-Cup matches. That takes the teenager’s total to a staggering 23 goals in 17 appearances this season.

It’s no surprise that the Norway underage international has been linked with a host of top clubs around Europe

Haaland will have a chance to add to his remarkable Champions League tally in Salzburg’s remaining group games.

The Austrians will travel to Genk in their penultimate Group E match before hosting Liverpool in Salzburg on the final group stage matchday.