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UCL: Haaland nets twice as Dortmund thrash Besiktas

Erling Haaland came off the bench to score twice and help Dortmund to a convincing victory over 10-man Besiktas as the Bundesliga giants ended their Champions League campaign on a high.

With third place in Group C and a spot in the Europa League already assured, Marco Rose’s side had little to play for other than pride and took the opportunity to name Haaland as a substitute.

However, the hosts played with intensity and their unrelenting pressure paid off in the 29th-minute when Donyell Malen scored for the fourth consecutive game to give the hosts the lead.

Marco Reus converted from the spot to double their advantage on the stroke of half-time after Mahmoud Dahoud was fouled by Wellington, who was sent off for a last-man challenge.

And the captain grabbed his second of the night eight minutes after the restart. Creating the chance with a deft touch to drift past his marker, he finished with aplomb.

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Haaland was only on the pitch a total of five minutes when he registered on the scoresheet. Nico Schulz raced to the by-line and stood up a cross for the Norwegian whose bullet header hit the back of the net.

It was a similar outcome when the 21-year-old climbed highest to meet Dahoud’s corner delivery, capping a performance and result that will set Dortmund up in good stead for the knockout play-offs of the Europa League in February.

Besiktas, meanwhile, end their Champions League campaign without a single point.

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