In the Champions League, Erling Braut Haaland continued his stunning scoring streak as Borussia Dortmund set their domestic woes aside to take control of their last-16 tie with Seville.
Early on, they pursued a Suso shot that deflected off Mats Hummels.
Until Haaland got his 17th goal in 13 games in the contest to put them ahead, Mahmoud Dahoud leveled.
With Luuk de Jong scoring late to give Sevilla hope in the tie, it was 18 soon after via a neat finish.
The side-foot finish of the substitute from a free-kick was a reward for a determined drive from the home side that finally came too late to even the evening score.
In addition to the time for a potential foul by Thomas Meunier on De Jong, there was a video assistant referee search for a penalty for the Spanish side, but the officials found the touch between the two legitimate.
In Germany, the second leg is on 9 March.
Twenty-four hours after Kylian Mbappe revealed himself with his Nou Camp hat-trick as Europe’s possible new goalscoring top dog, Haaland warned Lionel Messi of his intention to be the Cristiano Ronaldo of the Frenchman.
If such comparisons sound a little premature, since the start of last season, Mbappe and Haaland are now accountable for 28 Champions League goals. At the same time, Messi and Ronaldo have 15 between them.
As Mbappe had done against Barcelona, with his strength and speed, Haaland terrorized Sevilla.
As he charged forward, none of the backtracking home players were willing or able to get close to him as he shared a one-two with Jadon Sancho and beat keeper Yassine Bounou to finish his first goal to bring the visitors ahead.
They were overcommitted and undone by the Norwegian’s smart run and accurate, low side-foot shot for his second, and Dortmund’s third.
Haaland’s record of having scored against all eight teams he has played in the Champions League is continued by both goals.