In the second half, however, one particular altercation let the internet abuzz as contact between Borussia Dortmund superstar Erling Haaland and Bayern Munich record-transfer Lucas Hernandez left some fans thinking Hernandez was “ready to go” until he saw his potential opponent:
Lucas hernandez was mad and wanted to fight but then realised that it was Haaland pic.twitter.com/Qo9ZiI2TgP— Arrest P$G & L’Equipe (@AminRMFC9) December 4, 2021
Here is the account from the Daily Star:
Haaland, who has grown a reputation for stirring the pot with opponents, was well up for the battle and bundled Hernandez to the floor in the second half. The Bayern left-back did not look happy with the challenge, and turned around as he got back on his feet to confront the offender.
But as he came face-to-face with the prolific Dortmund striker, Hernandez immediately outstretched his arm for a handshake. It appeared he didn’t want anything to do with the 6’4” monster, as they then came together in a strange embrace before running off.
This is the account from Sport Bible:
A furious Lucas Hernandez made a hilarious U-turn on a potentially heated altercation after realising it was Erling Haaland who brought him down in a challenge.
After years of footballing fight coverage, we at BFW consider ourselves the experts in the genre. Here is our take:
Aside of Hernandez playing center-back and not left-back as stated in the Daily Star description, it could also be argued that Frenchman’s “U-turn” is a bit exaggerated as well. Surely, Hernandez did not like the contact, nor Haaland standing over him, but it did not appear as if he did a quick turnaround and then back away. Their handshake was definitely awkward — which I imagine is not all that uncommon when a Frenchman and a Norwegian collide in a German football match.
Verdict: I don’t think Hernandez backed away, but surely he was not about to throw hands for the following reasons:
1 — It was in the middle of a game
2 — Haaland looks like a Viking ready to invade a country.
In the end, it’s no big deal.
By the way, we happen to have a podcast on all things Bayern Munich, where we discussed the outcome of this game in great detail. Why not check out our postgame show below or at this link?