UEFA Champions league action on Wednesday night saw Erling Haaland break record books by scoring an incredible five times as Manchester City and Inter-Milan reach the Champions League quarter-finals.
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Manchester City 7-0 RB Leipzig Haaland (22’minutes pen, 24’minutes, 45’+2minutes, 53’minutes, 57’minutes), Gündogan (49’minutes), De Bruyne (90’+2minutes) (Agg 8-1) FT
Erling Haaland has managed to reach 30 goals in Europe’s top club competition becoming the fastest and youngest player.
Haaland joins lionel Messi and Brazil forward Luiz Adriano as he is also the youngest player to score five times in a single Champions League game.
The 22-year-old has now netted 39 goals for the season in all competitions hence the first City player to reach that figure in a single campaign.
However, Haaland has managed five hat-tricks are three more than any other player in the big five leagues.
The last –eight draw is to be held on Friday and City side looks promising going forward no matter the opponent.
On Saturday former Manchester City club captain Vincent Kompany will visit his old clun in the FA Cup at Etihad Stadium.
Leipzig coach Marco Rose was Haaland’s boss at Dortmund last season.
“It could get really, really, really good for him with Pep and Man City,” was Rose’s response.
Erling Haaland became Manchester City’s highest goalscorer in a single
Erling Haaland is the right Manchester City sharp shooter after a record-breaking night for the striker becoming the highest goalscorer in a single season.
The Norwegian netted five times and let’s not forget his a first-half hat-trick on Wednesday night , as City were way good for RB Leipzig managing 7-0 to reach the last eight of the Champions League.
Haaland now have a collective of 39 goals in 36 games since joining City from Dortmund.
He has broken Tommy Johnson’s 94-year record for most goals for City in a single season. And it is only March.
“It is a big night,” Haaland told BT Sport. “I am really proud to play in the Champions League, I love this competition. Five goals to win 7-0 at home – I am so happy.
“I do not remember the goals, I just shoot, I do not think!
“A lot of goals today I did not think, I just did it. On the penalty, I just wanted to get it in the back of the net, same with the second goal, same with the third goal and every goal.
“A lot of it is being quick in the mind and try to put it where the keeper isn’t. A little bit of it is quality but a lot of it is in the head.”
Asked about Guardiola’s decision to substitute him:
“I told him, I would love to score a double hat-trick but what can we do?!”
“My super strength is scoring goals,” Haaland told BT Sport.
“A lot of it is being quick in the mind and trying to put it where the goalkeeper is not.
“I was so tired after my celebrations.”
Lionel Messi netted for Barcelona against Bayer Leverkusen in 2012, and Luiz Adriano for Shakhtar Donetsk against BATE Borisov in 2014 and now Haaland joins the list with his five goals coming against Leipzig and now joins the most goals in a Champions League game.
Haaland has 25 Champions League games with 33 goals scored and still counting; becoming the youngest player to cross the 30-goal mark at 22 years and 236 days old, 116 days younger than previous recorder holder Kylian Mbappe.
The former Red Bull Salzburg and Borussia Dortmund striker has scored more goals in Europe’s premier competition than Wayne Rooney, Kaka and Samuel Eto’o.
Haaland opened the scoring at a boisterous Etihad Stadium with a clinical penalty into the bottom right corner.
“I told him [manager Pep Guardiola] I would love to score a double hat-trick but what can I do?” he said.
In his debut season in Manchester, with City potentially playing 19 more games this campaign, who knows what further records he will scoop.
FC Porto 0-0 Inter Milan Aquino Cossa (Dismissed at90’+7minutes)(Agg 0-1)FT
This is Inter Milan’s first Champions League quarter-finals since 2011 as they eliminated Porto in their last-16 tie.
With the first leg 1-0 win the Italian side was able to frustrate their opponents in Portugal.
In a frantic finish, Mehdi Taremi hit the post and then the crossbar in injury time for Porto, who also had Brazilian winger Pepe sent off.
Away goalkeeper Andre Onana also made a number of key saves as Inter held on.
The hosts had the best chances in the first half but Onana made a fine save to keep out Mateus Uribe’s 25-yard strike.
Edin Dzeko had the visitors’ best opportunity with a low, angled strike but was denied by home goalkeeper Diogo Costa.
Inter, three-time European champions, join city rivals AC Milan in Friday’s quarter-final draw.
Bayern Munich, Benfica, Chelsea and Manchester City are also in the last eight.
Serie A leaders Napoli, 18 points clear of Inter, could become the third Italian side through as they hold a 2-0 advantage over Eintracht Frankfurt before Wednesday’s second leg, while Real Madrid lead 5-2 against Liverpool after their first-leg victory at Anfield.
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Inter’s last appearance in the Champions League quarter-finals came 12 years ago when they lost 7-3 on aggregate to German side Schalke.