Erling Haaland finds scoring in the Champions League to be the Sweetest Thing, especially when up against Bono. In the Champions League, Manchester City still hasn’t found what they’re looking for, but they could have found it in Haaland.
Erling To Lead Man City To Victory
Erling Haaland scored a goal in each of City’s last seven games to bring his tally in the Champions League to 25 goals in just 20 appearances since he joined Man City for £51 million from Borussia Dortmund. Berlinguer Haaland has now gotten past goalkeeper Bono three times against Sevilla, teasing him once again here with a double and giving City, who started Group G on a winning note, a beautiful day.
With so many defensive injuries, City manager Pep Guardiola gave newcomers Manuel Akanji and Sergio Gomez their first starts. The former was making his debut after joining from Borussia Dortmund on the final day of the transfer window.
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With just one point from four games, Sevilla entered the game in last place in La Liga, putting coach Julen Lopetegui under fire and leaving his future in doubt.
Erling Haaland, a 22-year-old who had scored four goals in his previous two matches against the Spanish team, was the last person Sevilla wanted to play against in that situation. When Erling Haaland returned to the Ramon-Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium, he was in no mood to be merciful to Sevilla.
In the 20th minute, City took the lead when Sevilla was split open by a stunning fast move that had Phil Foden slipping the ball through to Kevin De Bruyne, who then found Haaland, who scored from close range.
De Bruyne missed a chance to make it 2-0 moments later with a free-kick that he took, but Man City was in complete control as they controlled the ball with poise and put their opponents on the confusing passing carousel that sent so many teams into disarray. Guardiola’s team confirmed the difference in class between the two teams by having nine attempts on goal at halftime compared to Sevilla’s two. Man City then picked up the pace in the second half.
Three minutes after the break, De Bruyne could have increased City’s advantage but Bono made a fantastic stop to divert the midfielder’s attempt for a corner. Just before the hour, Foden scored the second goal that City’s domination deserved by turning swiftly just inside the 18-yard box and fooling Bono with a deft low left-foot finish into the right corner of the net.
Moments later, Erling Haaland made an uncharacteristic error, but he made up for it in the 67th minute by turning the ball in for his second goal of the game after Bono had spilt a Foden shot. Dias added a fourth goal in stoppage time.
Erling Haaland was unable to get his third hat trick in as many games because Guardiola decided to substitute him with 20 minutes remaining to keep him fresh for Saturday’s match against Tottenham.
Erling Haaland, however, is scoring freely, giving City the edge and unquestionably the desire to advance to the final in Istanbul in June and eventually win Europe.
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