November was a black month for Erling haaland. Without playing due to injury, the forward received two hits in a row: Norway, your selection, could not qualify for the Qatar 2022 World Cup and this wednesday the Borussia Dortmund ran out of chances to go to the knockout stages of the Champions League. The Germans lost 3-1 against Sporting Lisboa in Portugal for the fifth match of group C of the Orejona.
Sporting celebrated at home against Dortmund (AFP).
With a double by Pedro Gonçalves and a goal by Pedro Porro, the Portuguese won what was a final for second place in the area (Ajax from the Netherlands already secured first place). And so they not only took three points ahead of Dortmund with one match to go but also buckled the ticket to the next round. Of course, it is that in case of equality in points, what defines is the result between them: in the first leg, Haaland’s team won 1-0 and the second leg was defeat 3-1.
For its part, the Norwegian tank continues to recover from the ailment that took it off the fields since the end of October. “Erling Haaland will not play and will be absent for a few weeks due to a hip flexor injury”, had informed Marco Rose, DT of the Dormund. “It’s time to focus on my recovery. I’ll come back stronger“, published the tip after learning that the injury would cause him to stop for more than a month. The intention of the German club is for his figure to play again before the end of the year.
A hip injury took him off the courts a month ago (AFP).
In the current edition of the Champions League, the Norwegian could barely play two games: against Besiktas and Ajax. Against the Turks he scored his only goal in the Orejona 2021/22. While for the Bundesliga he added six games and scored nine goals. Yes, true to his custom in the domestic tournament, he has more goals than games played.
WAIT UNTIL 2026 …
Hand in hand with Haaland, one of the best players on the planet, Norway were very excited to break the 24-year streak without qualifying for a World Cup. The last Scandinavian Cup was France 1998. Since then they could not get a ticket to the maximum appointment and now they will have to wait until 2026.
The Netherlands took the area where Norway was (Reuters).
The forward’s injury affected the Nordic team, which had to face the decisive matches without its main figure. They arrived with chances of at least getting into the playoff of the seconds until the last dates. However, an unusual 0-0 draw against Latvia at home and a 2-0 defeat against the Netherlands, condemned them to third place.. In that area, the Dutch qualified and the UEFA play-off was Turkey.