Man City player ratings gallery - ‘Unstoppable’ 10/10 score as two others earn 9/10 in 7-0 win vs RB Leipzig
Manchester City progressed to the quarter-finals of the Champions League in style, as Erling Haaland scored five at the Etihad.
Manchester City put in their best performance of the season to beat RB Leipzig 7-0 in the second leg of their Champions League tie on Tuesday.
The outstanding win means City progressed to the quarter-finals of the competition once again, with Erling Haaland putting in an outstanding personal display as he scored five, while Ilkay Gundogan and Kevin De Bruyne also netted in the second half.
The hosts started the game brilliantly and created good early openings via Ilkay Gundogan, who blazed over at the back post from a De Bruyne cross, while Janis Blaswich had to rush out of his goal after 11 minutes to deny Haaland’s one-on-one chance.
But the keeper could do nothing to stop City’s no.9 as he netted from the spot soon after, with referee Slavko Vincic deeming Benjamin Henrichs’ hand, which inadvertently brushing the ball inside the box, to be worthy of awarding a penalty - a harsh decision given he was jumping for a header with Rodri. But Haaland calmly dispatched the spot-kick to give City an early advantage.
Just two minutes later and Haaland had scored again, with the attacker reacting quickest to De Bruyne’s shot that crashed off the crossbar and heading past Blaswich before the Leipzig keeper had time to get back to his feet.
City were in complete control and Gundogan had two dangerous chances midway through the half, with the second forcing a good save from Blaswich. And soon after the fourth official had held up the board to indicate two minutes of added time, Haaland grabbed a first-half hat-trick. Again it was all about reactions, as he followed up after Ruben Dias hit the post from a header and Amadou Haidara’s clearance smacked into Haaland and rebounded into the goal.
The Blues began the second period just as they ended the first, and Gundogan added a fourth as he twisted and turned at the edge of the area before unleashing an inch-perfect strike with his left foot that beat Blaswich.
The goals just kept coming and Haaland made it 5-0 when he smashed the ball into the net after Leipzig failed to clear from a corner. When the inevitable next goal arrived, it was in similar circumstances as Blaswich clawed away an inswinging ball, only for Haaland to convert with his right foot from the edge of the six-yard box.
Pep Guardiola made five changes before the 65th minute which impacted City’s fluidity in the latter stages, while neither side overly exerted themselves in a game that was clearly wrapped up.
Manuel Akanji had a header that was saved, while De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez produced some dangerous crosses. De Bruyne, who was magnificent on the night, added a seventh in injury-time when he curled in a shot from the edge of the box, in what was the best goal of the night.
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