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Erling Haaland broke a series of records
Erling Haaland had a 10 point match against RB Leipzig with 5 goals scored. The Norwegian player’s first goal came from the penalty spot. Just two minutes later, he doubled the lead with a header after De Bruyne hit the crossbar in Leipzig.
Similarly, Haaland also showed his instinct to score goals when he took advantage of the ball from Ruben Dias’ header to complete a hat-trick in the first half. The next two goals in the second half were also scored in drama. Originally Haaland kicked in after the ball bounced off a save by goalkeeper Janis Blaswich.
With 5 goals scored, Haaland became the youngest player to reach 30 goals in Champions League history. He is also the player who needs the fewest matches to reach the milestone of 30 goals. This season, Haaland has scored 10 goals in the Champions League and is the highest scorer for Man City in a season.
In addition, Haaland also broke Man City’s 94-year-old scoring record. He overtook Tommy Johnson to become Man City’s top scorer in a season, setting a new record at 39 goals. The season is still more than 2 months away from closing and Haaland will surely create more unprecedented records.
Pep Guardiola overwhelmed German teams
This is the 14th time that Pep Guardiola’s Man City has met a German representative in the Champions League. And Pep’s record is impressive: 10 wins, 3 draws and only 1 loss. Man City’s only defeat was against Leipzig in the group stage last year.
The goal difference in these matches also shows the dominance of Man City. They only conceded 14 goals, while hitting the opponent’s net with 44 goals. However, this series of Man City matches does not have the appearance of Bayern Munich, the king of German football.
This is Man City’s 24th home match in the Champions League since they lost to Lyon on the opening day of the 2018/19 season. Man City have won 22 of these, drawn by Shakhtar Donetsk and Sporting Lisbon.
No other club has a similar good home record in recent times. And this will be a factor for Man City to go deep in a cup arena like the Champions League.
The worrisome collapse of Leipzig
As impressive as Man City played, Leipzig disappointed as much because of its surrender in a Champions League match. Man City created many chances before even opening the scoring.
At the moment, Leipzig is ranked 3rd in the Bundesliga. However, this team only has the same number of points as the 5th ranked team, Freiburg. The humiliating defeat at Man City will greatly affect the spirit of Leipzig in the near future. And Marco Rose’s teachers and students need to make an effort to get up right after this defeat if they don’t want their season to collapse under a domino effect.
Handball rule controversy
Although Man City had an impressive victory, this is unlikely to have happened if Leipzig had not suffered a controversial penalty. That was the situation after 20 minutes. From a corner, Rodri headed inside for his teammates to take advantage of. The ball grazed the hand of Henrichs. No one noticed this ball except VAR.
Indeed, the ball did touch Henrichs’ hand lightly. However, the distance was very close while Henrichs turned his back on Rodri’s header. Moreover, the ball did not change direction after touching Henrichs’ hand. This decision of the referee is legal but still controversial because in fact it is unfair to the Leipzig player.