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Norway's Haland scores record 9 in U20 WC win

Erling Haland of Norway celebrates after scoring one of his record nine goals against Honduras at the U20 World Cup. Getty Images

Norway's Erling Braut Haland scored a record nine goals for his team in a runaway 12-0 victory over Honduras at the U20 World Cup in Poland on Thursday.

The 18-year-old RB Salzburg striker scored four times before the half and then added another five after to break the previous record for goals in a single game at the U20 World Cup of six.

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The 12-0 win also represents the largest margin of victory for a team in U20 World Cup history, eclipsing the 10-0 thrashing Brazil handed Belgium in the 1997 edition.

"It annoys me a little bit that I didn't score with my last kick of the game. I'll have to sit down and think a little bit about it and maybe I'll work out what happened," he told the Norwegian Football Association's website.

Having lost their opening games to Uruguay and New Zealand, the win gives Norway a chance of advancing to the knockout stages of the 24-team tournament as one of the four best third-placed teams from the six groups.

The Hondurans finished the game with nine men after Everson Lopez was shown a straight red card and crashed out of the tournament with no points following three defeats and no goals scored.

Haland, the son of former Leeds United and Manchester City player Alf-Inge Haland, had scored just six goals in all competitions for both club and country since September 2018, before his record-setting outing on Thursday.

Prior to his move to Austria in January, Haland scored 14 times for Molde in Norway's top flight and netted his first goal for Salzburg in May in a win over Linz.