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Dortmund fans dream of a farewell present from Haaland******
By Oliver Trust。
BERLIN, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) -- When it comes to Black and Yellow fans and teammates, there are no doubts that Erling Haaland is football's best striker.。
Considering his performance, there seem no limits for the Norwegian. Record follows after record. Now the 21-year-old as the first player scored 50 goals in his first 50 national league games.。
It's more than a bold guess, local voting around Dortmund would make the blonde spearhead the winner of this year's Ballon d'Or.。
While it most likely won't be the Dortmund attacker awarded as football best this Monday, his current club and its supporters don't mind.。
More than ever, he is seen as a mystic healer, revitalizing a club that has to deal with the disappointment of an early group exit in the Champions League.。
Three days after the setback, the side has come back to life in a miracle-like way. The news of his return after a six-week-long injury break spread like wildfire.。
Fans and players, before drowned in agony, turned into an enthusiastic group. Teammates, fans, and the coaching staff are overwhelmingly pleased by the attacker's earthly contributions.。
In time the Scandinavian forward has changed things from hopeless to promising ahead of the duel against Bayern next weekend. All of a sudden, Dortmund seems to feel the change of fortunes in the air.。
Being kicked out of the Champions League doesn't hurt as much as before. The chance is emerging to outpace the Bavarian rival when it comes to this season's national title.。
Marco Rose called him a phenomenon. "Not having him around affects you as a team. Things turn around with him on the pitch," the Dortmund coach said.。
The club seems to have accepted to lose his goal-machine after this season. Instead, it seems common sense to benefit from his skills as long as possible.。
To win the national title is going to turn the striker into an everlasting hero.。
No surprise that midfielder Julian Brandt called Haaland a game-changer. "He gives us energy," Rose added.。
The clubs' fatal dependency on its forward is seen as a blessing despite and not as a disadvantage. To keep hopes alive, three points on home soil are required upcoming Saturday when Borussia is crossing swords with Bayern.。
The 2020 treble winner having to replace Joshua Kimmich is providing the unexpected opportunity to return to happiness.。
But enjoying a second chance might trigger false feelings. Dortmund only turns into a serious challenger when the wavering team follows in the footsteps of his leader.。
To only rely on Haaland might cause the next depression for the Black and Yellows. As much as the Norwegian is electrifying his entire club, football remains a team sport.。
Haaland's 50 goals (40 left foot, 6 right, and 4 headers) can be a trigger point. If things fail, they at the same time can be a burden. To get the chance to win the national title seems a unique issue. At the same time, it is a done deal that the healer will be leaving after this season.。
The chance won't come again when the healer is gone. Enditem。
Pakistan jubilant over beating India at T20 Cricket World Cup******
ISLAMABAD, Oct. 25 (Xinhua) -- Pakistan was sent into raptures on Sunday night after the country's national cricket team won a crucial match against India in the ongoing men's T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.
Cricket lovers came out on roads across the country, including the capital Islamabad, to express their joy at the victory. People chanted songs and slogans in favor of the national team and let off fireworks at roadsides.
Roads and markets looked deserted well before the start of the contest as people gathered in front of television sets to watch the match.
Prime Minister and former international cricketer Imran Khan shared pictures on his Twitter while watching the match along with cabinet members. On the victory, the prime minister said, "Congratulations to the Pakistan Team & especially to [captain] Babar Azam who led from the front. The nation is proud of you all."
Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan opened the innings for Pakistan and successfully chased the target without losing any wickets.
Cricket fan Muhammad Latif came to enjoy the celebrations and told Xinhua that people were dejected after New Zealand and England refused to play in Pakistan, but this victory has given the people great joy.
In his video message, Pakistan's former fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar called the win a huge victory for Pakistan, which would help the team perform better in the tournament. Enditem
Domestic comedy "Be Somebody" still tops Chinese box office******
BEIJING, Nov. 15 (Xinhua) -- Domestic comedy-suspense film "Be Somebody" grabbed the top spot on the Chinese mainland box office chart on Sunday, data from the China Movie Data Information Network showed Monday.。
The film follows a group of frustrated filmmakers who gather to plan on a new film about a notorious criminal case. It raked in about 54.68 million yuan (about 8.56 million U.S. dollars) on its fourth day of screening.。
"Anita," a biopic that recounts the life story of legendary Hong Kong singer and actress Anita Mui, netted over 12.53 million yuan on its third screening day and took second place on the chart.。
War epic film "The Battle at Lake Changjin" ranked third with about 10.2 million yuan, raising its total box office to 5.63 billion yuan one and a half months after its debut. Enditem。
Preview: La Liga giants at stake in Copa del Rey second round******
MADRID, Dec. 13 (Xinhua) -- Several La Liga sides are in danger of being the victims of a Copa del Rey upset in the second round of Spain's knockout tournament this week.。
Although the first round matches, which saw La Liga teams play rivals from the fifth and sixth tiers, didn't produce any upsets (although Rayo Vallecano needed a penalty shootout against fifth-tier side Guijuelo), the second round sees sides from the top-flight play mainly rivals from the third and fourth tiers, and tends to produce at least two or three giant-killing acts.。
Tuesday sees Celta Vigo travel to face Andorra, who only just missed out on promotion to the second division last season. The side owned by Barcelona defender Gerard Pique and coached by former Barca assistant coach Eder Sarabia could spring a surprise if Celta leave key players such as Iago Aspas and Brais Mendez out of their starting 11.。
Wu Lei is likely to get a runout as Espanyol travel to central Spain to take on CD Palencia Cristo Atletico, who are currently in second place in their group in Spain's fourth tier.。
Struggling Alaves will have to be careful when they visit third tier side Linares Deportivo, and with Alaves more focused in climbing away from the danger zone at the bottom of La Liga, this is a game that could certainly be an upset, as is Levante's trip to play Alcoyano.。
Alcoyano scored a famous victory over Real Madrid last season and will fancy their chances of another top-flight scalp when they take on Levante, who have yet to win a league game this season and are currently rock bottom of the table.。
Other top flight sides who need to be very careful in the coming days are Elche, who visit an impressive Unionistas de Salamanca, while 2020 Copa del Rey winners Real Sociedad have to improve on their recent league form when they visit Zamora.。
Osasuna's trip to Deportivo la Coruna will rekindle memories of happier times for the home fans, and struggling Cadiz will have to be wary of their trip to Albacete, who were only relegated from the second division last season. Enditem。