Haaland pays homage to deceased agent

(Borussia-Dortmund-Bochum 3-4) On Saturday, Erling Braut Haaland (21) scored a hat-trick as Dortmund lost to Bochum. The Norwegian coach is now grieving the death of 54-year-old agent Mino Raiola.

SAD: Erling Braut Haaland plays for Borussia Dortmund on Saturday afternoon.

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– The best, wrote Haaland followed by a heart on Instagram – under a picture of the 21-year-old and Raiola.

News about agent death came just before half-time in Borussia Dortmund’s 3-4 defeat on Saturday afternoon. The 54-year-old has been sick from time to time. Earlier this week, it was announced that Raiola was hospitalized in Italy.

Agents have been leading negotiations with some of the biggest clubs in the world in regards to Haaland’s expected transfer in the summer, VG have been told.

AWARDS PUBLISHED: At 20.25, Erling Braut Haaland published this photo with the now deceased Mino Raiola, who was the Norwegian’s agent. Comment has been edited.

But on the pitch, before the news broke, Haaland managed to appear. Bochum are placed in the bottom half of the Bundesliga, but secured at least a new season in Germany’s top tier with Saturday’s win. The Whites took an early two-goal lead at Signal Iduna Park after goals from Sebastian Polter and Gerrit Holtmann.

Then Haaland equalized with two well-placed penalty kicks in the 18th and 30th minutes – before he made a complete comeback with a third clean confession after just over an hour.

However, in the final nine minutes of the game, Dortmund’s defense showed its weakness again by conceding two new goals from Bochum which led to a disappointing defeat in front of their own fans. The yellow shirts have conceded 50 goals in 32 games, 17 more than league champions Bayern Munich.

With two games remaining this season, Dortmund are in 2nd place – 12 points behind Bayern and eight points above the league tree Bayer Leverkusen who have played one game less. Haaland was booked with 85 online acquaintances in 87 official appearances for the club following Saturday’s hat-trick.

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