Erling Haaland has scored 19 goals in all competitions this season. On Wednesday, he scored twice more as Manchester City beat FC Copenhagen 5-0 in the Champions League Group G.
Haaland didn’t waste any time getting City off to a good start. He swept home the game’s first goal early on, making it 1-0, and then scored again in the 32nd minute to put the game out of reach for the Danish team.
City kept coming, and David Khocholava scored an own goal six minutes before halftime to give them a third goal. Haaland was just behind him, looking for his second hat trick in four days.
Haaland didn’t get a hat trick because he was taken off at halftime, but the goals kept coming. Riyad Mahrez scored on a penalty kick, and Julian Alvarez added a late fifth.
City took all nine points in the group thanks to a very easy win. They need two more points to be sure of making it to the next round. Copenhagen is in last place after three games, with only one point.
Pep Guardiola, the head coach of City, told reporters, “Erling Haaland is just focused on winning the game.” “Not everything can be solved with a hat trick.” I am aware that we are facing challenges right now, such as Kyle Walker being out for an extended period of time, but we can depend on youngsters like Rico Lewis, who is just 17 years old and comes off the bench. “We need everyone to take part.”
“This is the most important title we can win, even more, important than the Premier League.”
Against Manchester United on Sunday, Haaland grabbed his third hat trick since joining City in the summer. City’s opponent was Manchester United. It’s possible that this kept the defenders of Copenhagen up at night worrying about their position.
In the rain of Manchester on Wednesday, it only took seven minutes for their worst nightmares to come true when Haaland drove home Joao Cancelo’s pullback.
After Sergio Gomez’s shot was saved, the Norwegian was in the right place at the right time to score on the loose ball.
Since April 2021, when Haaland did not score or set up a goal for Borussia Dortmund against City, he has been directly involved in 35 goals and six assists in his last 23 home club games.
When Jack Grealish was questioned by BT Sport on Haaland, he said, “It’s insane, to be honest.” ” Something like that has never come across my path in the past. During the first and second goals, I could not help but giggle. Always present, he never leaves.
“The gatekeeper spoke with me while I was walking back to the entrance.” He said, “He is not a human!” in response. I responded, “You’re telling me?’ We have high hopes that he will be able to maintain this pace and guide us to victory.
Haaland would have had a hat trick in the first half if it weren’t for the goalkeeper, Kamil Grabara, who used to play for the Liverpool junior team and is now with City. If it weren’t for Grabara, City may have been on their way to a record victory, considering how many shots they took in the first half.
Khocholava’s own goal gave them one more before halftime, and Mahrez scored from the penalty spot early in the second half after Aymeric Laporte was fouled in the penalty area.
The victory was sealed with Alvarez’s third goal for City across all competitions. This goal was the cherry on top. The home team had opportunities to put even more distance between themselves and the opposing squad, but they passed them up.
Manchester City has won their last five games and scored 20 goals, which is a sign that Pep Guardiola’s team is in top form.
“We had to defend a lot, but that’s what you have to do when you play such a strong team,” Mohamed Daramy of Copenhagen told TV3+. “We did what we could and fought.”