Erling Haaland scored five goals as his team destroyed RB Leipzig 7-0 in their Round of 16 second leg match, breaking long-standing Champions League and Manchester City records.
As the first leg in Germany last month ended 1-1, the matchup between Pep Guardiola’s team and the third-best team in the Bundesliga was in a delicate balance. Yet Haaland outperformed the competition with brilliance.
In the 22nd minute, Haaland gave City the lead with his second penalty in as many games.
Although goalkeeper Janis Blaswich went in the right direction, he was unable to stop the shot from going into the corner.
The Norwegian scored a first half hat-trick after a scrappy third after Leipzig had cleared the ball off the line.
Following Ilkay Gundogan’s fourth goal for City, Haaland added two more goals from close range, and Kevin de Bruyne added a seventh goal late in the game as RB Leipzig crumbled under the talent and intensity of the home team.
Erling Haaland scored a spectacular five goals in Manchester City’s Champions League match against RB Leipzig to become the youngest player to amass 30 goals in the Champions League.
At the age of 22 years and 236 days, the Norwegian’s third place finish gave him 30 total points in the competition.
The previous record holder, Kylian Mbappe, was 22 years and 352 days old, placing him and his partner far ahead of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, who both reached their 30 goals in 48 games.
Along from breaking City’s record for most goals scored in a season, the Norwegian became just the third player to score five goals in a single Champions League match.