UCL: Five-star Haaland sends City to quarter-finals as Inter hold firm in Portugal

UCL: Five-star Haaland sends City to quarter-finals as Inter hold firm in Portugal

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Erling Haaland was on another level in Tuesday’s Champions League game as the 22-year-old Norwegian scored five goals to lead Manchester City to a 7-0 rout of RB Leipzig and a 7-1 aggregate win that sent the Citizens to another quarter-final draw.

The Pep Guardiola-led side drew 1-1 in Germany, and while many pundits expected City to advance, few expected the German side that gave City a run for their money Germany lose 7-0 to Manchester on Tuesday.

Five goals from Erling Haaland and two more from IIkay Gundogan and Kevin De Bruyne equaled City’s biggest Champions League victory since 2019 against Schalke 04 as they beat Leipzig 8-1 on aggregate.

The Cityzens’ first goal attempt came in the 11th minute, when Haaland passed Orban to test Janis Blaswich.

Manchester City's Erling Haaland
Manchester City’s Erling Haaland

Ederson’s pass resulted in a corner for the hosts which led to City’s penalty after Henrich was ruled by VAR for stopping Ruben Dias’ header with his hand in the 19th minute.

The penalty opened the goal sluice for City after Haaland netted the kick as he sent Leipzig goalkeeper Janis Blaswich the wrong way

Less than two minutes after scoring the opening goal, Haaland headed in De Bruyne’s cross to double the host’s lead; 78 seconds separate the two goals.

Leipzig tried to keep the deficit at two, but heading into half-time the Norwegian completed his hat-trick with a tap-in from a Ruben Dias header.

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While it looked like the second half would be less entertaining after three first half goals, Guardiola and his boys continued to educate their visitors and fans with goals. Gundogan netted City’s fourth in the 49th minute before Haaland continued his scoring run in the 53rd and 57th, respectively.

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The Norwegian forward’s five Champions League goals made him City’s first player and third in Europe after Lionel Messi and Luiz Adriano.

De Bruyne completed the humiliation with a 25-yard strike from Riyad Mahrez’s pass in the 92nd minute.

As City educated their visitors at the Etihad, Inter Milan held Porto at the Estadio do Dragon for a 0-0 draw.

The goalless draw saw Inter Milan advance to the quarter-finals for the first time since 2011. They beat Porto 1-0 last month at the San Siro.

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