Paris Saint-Germain triggered a bunch of people with their mocking of Borussia Dortmund’s golden boy, Erling Haaland.
On Wednesday night, PSG defeated Dortmund 2-0 to advance to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League via a 3-2 aggregate score.
Neymar Jr. scored PSG’s first goal on the night in the 28th minute and proceeded to mock Haaland by performing the famous goal celebration that he did in the first leg between the two teams when the 19-year-old scored a brace.
After the final whistle, Neymar’s teammates joined in by copying Haaland’s “meditation” celebration.
— Borussia Dortmund (@BlackYellow) February 18, 2020
On respire un bon coup… 😏
Avant de retrouver nos supporters❗️❤️💙 pic.twitter.com/uNlcjZozA2
— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_inside) March 11, 2020
Presnel Kimpembe explained in his post-match comments that the team was well aware of the snarky social media posts from Dortmund players and the official team account. In fact, Kimpembe credited the posts for motivating PSG, saying, “it gave us this little rage.”
As you would imagine, there was plenty of rage from those who despise everything about PSG and the mocking of a teenager was just what they needed to try and discredit their comeback victory.
Why is the entire PSG squad mocking a 19-year-old kid for daring to celebrate scoring a goal against them in the Champions League?
— Charles Watts (@charles_watts) March 11, 2020
One of those who felt the need to take a shot at PSG was Haaland’s father, Alf-Inge, a former footballer himself who played for Leeds United and several other English clubs.
On Twitter, Papa Haaland posted this message:
“Goodbye beautiful Paris. Shame about the result, but well deserved on the day. All the best, showing class on and off the pitch.”
— Alfie Haaland (@alfiehaaland) March 12, 2020
You absolutely love to see it. Erling Haaland was a ghost when it mattered most and then proceeded to get bantered off the pitch as PSG celebrated. Now, his daddy is trying to stick up for him with this lame line about class. Where was Alf-Inge when the Dortmund account was popping off on social media talking about “we don’t buy superstars, we make them.”
There are plenty of examples of players who have hot scoring streaks for a few months, or even a season, and then drop off precipitously. Wednesday night should be very concerning for the Haaland family and Dortmund. When his team needed him the most, he spent the entire match inside Presnel Kimpembe’s pocket. If I were Haaland’s father, I’d be more worried about that then whatever PSG did to celebrate their hard-fought win.
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