March 25, 2023


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UEFA Champions League: Erling Haaland Show! Manchester City crushes RB Leipzig

Haaland scored a hat-trick in the first half. The Norwegian started shooting from the penalty spot in the 22nd minute. Janice Blaswitch sensed the attacker’s intentions, but the shot was powerful and very accurate.

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Two minutes later, Kevin De Bruyne hit the crossbar from outside the penalty area. Haaland got the ball and fired it into the goal. The third goal came from a corner kick. After Ruben Dias’ header, the ball bounced off the post and rolled onto the goal line. Unfortunately for Leipzig, Amadou Haidara offended the “football” that bounced off Haaland’s legs.

In the second half of the match, little changed – City attacked, and Leipzig tried to defend. Interestingly, the first goal in the second half was scored by Ilkay Gundogan. The German received a pass from Jacek Grealish and stunned the visitors’ goalkeeper with a volley from about 15 metres.

The next two goals came after five and eight minutes, respectively. Both were again by Haaland. The Norwegian saved with a header from Blaswich, then Manuel Akanji tried, but the German goalkeeper kicked the ball forward again. This time Haaland’s second shot was unstoppable.

City’s sixth goal looked like a twin. Once again, the Leipzig goalkeeper made a poor shot that led to another goal. Captain Kevin De Bruyne scored the last goal of the match. The Belgian deftly hit the ball and sent it straight into the “window” of the goal. The “Citizens” won 8: 1 on aggregate and could safely wait for the next challenger in the Champions League.

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Manchester City – RB Leipzig 7-0 (3-0)

Objectives: Haaland 22 (k), 24, 45 + 2, 52, 57, Gundogan 49, De Bruyne 90 + 2

Manchester city: Ederson – John Stones (64. Sergio Gomez), Manuel Akanji, Robin Dias, Nathan Ake – Rodri (64. Calvin Phillips) – Bernardo Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan (52. Riyad Mahrez), Jack Grealish (52. Phil Foden) – Erling Haaland (63, Julian Alvarez)

RB Leipzig: Janis Blaswich – Benjamin Henriques (80. Lukas Klostermann), Vili Orban, Jusko Gvardiol, David Raum – Konrad Leimer, Kevin Campbell, Amadou Hydara (63. Mehmet Semakan) – Dominic Szoboszlai (72. Dani Olmo), Timo Werner (63. Joseph Poulsen) Emil Forsberg (63. Andre Silva)

Yellow cards: De Bruyne, Akanji – Henriques, Werner

First match: 1:1. promotion: Manchester city.