Beşiktaş - Dortmund

Europe: Champions League
Beşiktaş F. Montero (90)
Vodafone Park (İstanbul)1-2Attendance: 22.445
Dortmund J. Bellingham (20), E. Håland (45)

Haaland heaps praise on Bellingham after win: "He's incredible."

By Peter Vice

Young English phenom Jude Bellingham was unquestionably the man-of-the-evening in Istanbul on Wednesday night. 

The 18-year-old who scored the opening goal and set-up the second earned deserved praise from a teammate that, when compared with the teenage sensation, looks like a veteran. 

Jude Bellingham.
Jude Bellingham.

Birmingham's Jude Bellingham set another record on Wednesday night. Having scored in the second-leg elimination match against Manchester city in the 2020/21 UEFA Champions' League tournament, Bellingham opened up his 2021/22 with a 20th minute tally.

At the age of 18 years and 78 days, this makes Bellingham the youngest player ever to score in two consecutive UCL fixtures; even younger than Kylian Mbappé when the French phenom accomplished the feat.

"He's three years younger than me," Erling Haaland mused into the post-match mic, "That's crazy! He's incredible!"

Head-coach Marco Rose, just like predecessor Lucien Favre, could only gush. The BVB trainer simply labelled Bellingham a "cool lad".

Bellingham's performance under pressure wasn't merely "cool". In front of a raucous crowd of 22,000 fans at Istabul's Vodaphone Arena, the highly-focused technical work put into both his opening goal and the assist on Haaland's shortly before the end of the half could be described as "ice-veined."

None of the pressures associated with the atmosphere fazed the youngster. He alluded to the importance of tuning out distractions in his own post-match interview.

"We were simply more ruthless," he noted.

30Ersin Destanoğlu
2Valentin Rosier
4Francisco Montero
21Fabrice N'Sakala
5Josef de Souza Dias
18Rachid Ghezzal ↩89
15Miralem Pjanić
13Atiba Hutchinson (C) ↩78
17Cyle Larin ↩61
9Michy Batshuayi
34Mert Günok
28Kenan Karaman ↪61
3Rıdvan Yılmaz
8Salih Uçan ↪78
10Oğuzhan Özyakup
11Gökhan Töre ↪89
12Can Bozdogan
14Mehmet Topal
20Necip Uysal
1Gregor Kobel
24Thomas Meunier
16Manuel Akanji
15Mats Hummels ↩70
13Raphaël Guerreiro
8Mahmoud Dahoud
19Julian Brandt ↩46
22Jude Bellingham ↩70
11Marco Reus (C)
21Donyell Malen ↩70
9Erling Håland ↩86
25Luca Unbehaun
35Marwin Hitz
18Youssoufa Moukoko ↪70
36Ansgar Knauff ↪86
34Marin Pongracic ↪70
28Axel Witsel ↪46
30Felix Passlack
39Marius Wolf ↪70

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