Haaland scored a second-half penalty in his final match for Borussia Dortmund; the Norwegian striker will join Manchester City after they activated his £51.5m release clause; the forward bowed to the fans on his ‘Goodbye Day’ in Germany
Erling Haaland scored in his final Borussia Dortmund match before his proposed move to Manchester City, with the Norwegian striker helping his current club to a 2-1 victory over Hertha Berlin on the final day of the Bundesliga season.
Haaland netted a penalty with just over 20 minutes in a match branded ‘Goodbye Day by Dortmund. His equaliser at Signal Iduna Park sparked a comeback after Ishak Belfodil’s spot-kick for Hertha threatened to ruin his farewell.
And in a nod to Dortmund’s future, England international Jude Bellingham set up fellow teenager Youssouf Moukoko to score a late winner to give Haaland the perfect send-off. The 21-year-old striker was substituted late on to a standing ovation.
It was announced last week that Haaland will complete a move to Manchester City this summer, after City activated his £51.5m release clause. However, Sky Sports News understands that the entire move involving agent fees and sign-on bonuses will rise above £80m.
There is a release clause in his five-year contract at City which can be triggered part-way through. Sky Sports News understands it is in excess of the €150m (£127m) being reported in Germany. Manchester City are comfortable with the clause being included given the size of the fee required to trigger any sale would be a club-record sale.
After Moukoko’s late winner, Dortmund will end the season eight points behind champions Bayern Munich, while Hertha Berlin will face a play-off to stay in the top flight after ending the campaign in 17th.
After the game, Haaland thanked Dortmund fans for their support in his two-and-a-half years at Signal Iduna Park and spoke of his honour of playing at Signal Iduna Park.
“It has been nothing but an honour to wear this shirt,” the post read. “At @BVB I’ve spent memorable moments, met special people, not to mention a fanbase that has been always our extra man on the pitch. The Yellow Wall is truly incredible. I’ll never forget any of this! Thank you all!”