Record Breaking Haaland performance takes Manchester City through to the Quarter Final of the Champions League.
- 5 goal Haaland spectacular sends City flying through the RO16.
- Haaland becomes only the 3rd player in history to score 5 goals in a Champions League game after Messi and Adriano.
Manchester City lined up this game with Ederson, Stones, Dias, Akanji, Ake, Rodri, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Grealish, Haaland, Silva.
The reverse game at the Redbull Arena in Germany ended in a 1-1 draw between the two teams meaning both teams come into this game at the Etihad evenly matched. RB Leipzig currently sit 3rd in the Bundesliga whereas City sit 2nd in the Premier League.
The tie started with both teams showing fire but Manchester City were just one step ahead and played their usual football with their possession based football. It only took 20 minutes for a bit of luck to come Manchester City’s way with a header from Rodri ricocheting off Benjamin Henrichs’ arm inside of the penalty box allowing for a penalty to be awarded to City.
Haaland steps up and slots it perfectly into the bottom right of the net, nearly impossible for the Leipzig keeper to save.
Then almost instantly after kickoff, the Manchester City press forced the keeper to make a rash kick out to De Bruyne where he blasted the ball off the bar and Haaland was waiting like a lion waiting for his prey and heads the ball for a 2-0 lead in only 24 minutes of the game gone.
The game then went quiet after this goal with city dominating possession but not creating too many chances, which is what the fans are used to seeing this season from this city side.
However, just on the grasp of half time, Erling Haaland gets his hattrick after a save from Blaswich falls right into the path of the Norwegian striker giving him an easy tap in for his 37th goal of the season in a city shirt.
The half ends after a dominant performance from the blues, with their star man Haaland scoring a first half hattrick giving his 5th hattrick of the season.
Both teams come out for the second half, Leipzig looking to get back into the game and City looking to further their lead.
City do get their wish through the club captain Gundogan in the 49th minute with a shot from the edge of the 18 yard box beating the keeper down the right corner of the net. The lead is now 4-0 to Manchester City with things looking bleak for the German side.
City didn’t take their foot off the brake because only 5 minutes later, Haaland gets his 4th of the game with a close range header after Akanji puts the ball into a great area for the 6’4 striker. 5-0.
Once again, Manchester City causing so many problems for Leipzig nonstop since only 4 minutes later, Haaland gets his 5th of the game making him the 3rd in history to do so. He also breaks the Manchester City record for number of goals in a single season of football with 39 goals and the season still isn’t over with a possible 20 more matches to play. 6-0.
However, the search for a double hattrick comes crashing down as the number 9 is displayed on the substitution board for Julian Alvarez to take to the pitch for a well deserved rest for Haaland.
After Haaland took to the bench City didn’t look as dangerous as they did before however in the 92nd minute Kevin De Bruyne scores a world class goal with finesse from the edge of the box to make this tie 7-0.
Haaland takes the Man Of The Match award for his massive 5 goals making this game 8-1 on aggregate.
The next game for Manchester City is Burnley on Saturday 18th of March in the FA Cup.