Red Bull Salzburg striker Erling Haaland scored nine goals as he and Norway celebrated a record-breaking day in the Under-20 World Cup on a 12-0 demolition of Honduras.
Norway and Honduras both reached the final group stage contest likely needing success to have some chance of progressing to the competition’s knockout stages.
While both were guaranteed to finish in Group C behind Uruguay and New Zealand, a win could lead to qualifying as one of the top third-place countries and it didn’t take long for Norway to show up on top.
The 18-year-old Haaland opened the scoring in the seventh minute for his side and then doubled the advantage in the twentieth minute to send Norway on their way. Haaland completed his hat trick six minutes later from the spot after Leo Oestigaard made it 3-0 on the half-hour mark. Before the half was through, he would get a fourth as Norway walked into the dressing room with a commanding 5-0 lead.
Still, in the second half, things got worse for Honduras.
In the 67th minute, Haaland matched the mark of the Under-20 World Cup with his sixth-night goal and then smashed it with his seventh shot 10 minutes later.
Erman Markovic made it 10-0 to top the scoring for the Norwegians before Haaland scored two more goals in the 88th and 90th minutes respectively.
The 12-0 victory set a U-20 World Cup record for the biggest win, lifted Norway’s goal difference from -4 to +8, and significantly enhances their chances of qualifying for the knockout stages, thus eliminating Honduras.
In defeats to Uruguay and New Zealand, Haaland had previously been left off the scoreboard, with Norway scoring only one goal in the two contests.