Manchester City FC defeated RB Leipzig by 7-0 in UEFA Champions League, Round of 16. Erling Haaland scores five goals to propel City into the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
Erling Haaland scored five goals as Manchester City defeated RB Leipzig 7-0 at the Etihad Stadium to earn an 8-1 aggregate victory; Ilkay Gundogan and Kevin De Bruyne both scored as City advanced to the Champions League quarter-finals.
The tie had been delicately poised following a 1-1 draw in Germany but Haaland ripped the game away from City’s opponents with a first-half hat-trick and added two more before the hour on an unbelievable night. His season total presently stands at 39.
The other goals came from Ilkay Gundogan and Kevin De Bruyne, but the evening belonged to the 22-year-old Norwegian. He is the first guy in nine years to score five goals in a Champions League game, and he might have had more if Pep Guardiola hadn’t pulled him.
The City coach knows there are tougher challenges remaining and whilst Arsenal hold a five-point lead in the Premier League title chase, with Guardiola’s club now in two quarter-finals – with Haaland in this mood – a fantastic end to the season might possibly lie ahead.
Manchester City FC vs RB Leipzig: Haaland Overpowered City
His first penalty of the night came after a harsh handball ruling against Benjamin Henrichs after a VAR assessment. The second, barely two minutes later, was fantastic, a tremendous header after De Bruyne’s effort had struck the crossbar.
The third ricocheted in off him from only a yard away after Ruben Dias’ header had slid along the line, but Haaland is always in the correct spot. His sixth hat-trick of the season in this venue. The second of these to come before the half-time whistle.