ERLING Haaland and Jude Bellingham were stunned when St Pauli knocked hosts Borussia Dortmund out of the German Cup.
All transfer interest in the two Dortmund superstars has been overshadowed by Bundesliga 2 leaders St Pauli, having lost one of their greatest victories.
Manchester United and City target Haaland managed to get a consoling penalty but Bellingham fell to the floor at the final whistle, holding his head in shock in a 2-1 round of 16 defeat.
Dortmund’s top rival Cologne also faced a second-place opponent, causing the Hamburg giants to collapse on the penalty spot.
But unlike Cologne, Dortmund has won the national cup 5 times and is a strong team.
The Togo striker scored Marcel Hartel’s shot from close range to open the scoring in St Pauli’s fourth minute.
Host keeper Dennis Smarsch then saved Thorgan Hazard and Marco Reus as Dortmund fought back.
And Haaland shot high as the visitors increased the tempo even further against a team without a win in the past three games.
But St Pauli turned the tide dramatically at the beginning of the second period.
Dortmund goalkeeper Gregor Kobel saves a header from a corner by Austrian goalkeeper Guido Burgstaller.
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But St Pauli’s momentum was lost when Jakov Medic tackled inside his box, allowing Haaland to score a penalty in the 58th minute.
Dortmund aggressively moved forward in pursuit of the equalizer.
All they were able to produce, however, were painstaking efforts from Bellingham and Donyell Malen as St Pauli secured a famous victory.
For Haaland at least, that distracts from his statements. Dortmund are pushing him to make a decision about his future.
Bundesligsa’s second-placed team hit back, said they were ‘surprised’ by the Norwegians’ comments.
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https://www.thesun.ie/sport/football/8228469/st-pauli-2-1-dortmunbd-haaland-bellingham-german-cup/ Erling Haaland and Co stunned as Borussia Dortmund knocked out of the German Cup by second division side St Pauli