Haaland told reporter what Van Dijk said to him during clash
Erling Haaland has left his mark on many defences with his goal-scoring prowess so far
However, the Norway striker supposedly took that meaning literally during Wednesday night’s Group G World Cup qualifier with Holland.
Honours were shared in Oslo following a 1-1 draw which saw Haaland put his side in front.
before Davy Klaassen equalised in the first half.
The pre-game build-up was over Haaland taking on Holland centre back Virgil van Dijk with the two undoubtedly among the very best in their positions.
And there was an incident in the second half when apparently their physical nature saw one get injured.
During the second half, Van Dijk had to receive treatment on the sidelines after a collision with Haaland.
Speaking post-match, Haaland said he was told by Van Dijk that he had ‘snapped’ his opponent’s finger on his left hand.
‘I actually snapped his finger on him,’ the 21-year-old claimed to Norwegian outlet TV2.
‘I do not know how it happened. He just said “f***ing hell, you broke my finger”.
‘He’s good, so to speak,’ he added. ‘I have no idea how I snapped his finger. That’s just the way it is.’
However, it appears that Van Dijk’s injury wasn’t as serious as a break as he had instead dislocated it.
The incident took place in the 47th minute of the match and the 30-year-old had his finger popped back into place
With the help of a medical staff before they applied some tape to hold it in place for the remainder of the game.
Having successfully finished the game in Oslo, Van Dijk is expected to play against Montenegro and Turkey over the next seven days regardless of the injury.
Group G is the closest in 2022 World Cup qualifying.
Turkey lead the group on eight points, with the Netherlands, Montenegro and Norway all on seven points.