In a truly dominant display, Manchester City booked their place in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals for the sixth season in a row with a crushing 7-0 victory over RB Leipzig. The star of the show was undoubtedly Erling Haaland, who netted an incredible five goals to inspire City to a resounding win.
From the outset, City looked in complete control, with their dominance culminating in a deserved lead in the 22nd minute. Haaland calmly converted from the spot after Benjamin Henrichs was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box, before nodding home his second just two minutes later from a rebound off the bar.
With halftime approaching, City were firmly in control, and Haaland completed his hat-trick with the last kick of the half to give the hosts an unassailable advantage. But City didn’t stop there, adding another three goals before the hour mark, including two more from the unstoppable Haaland.
Despite replacing Haaland with 30 minutes to go, City continued to pour forward and added one more for good measure, as Kevin De Bruyne scored a sensational long-range goal to cap off a truly dominant performance.
City’s victory was a testament to their attacking prowess and the ruthless nature with which they play when their key players are in form. Haaland, in particular, was simply unplayable, showcasing the predatory instincts that have made him one of the most sought-after strikers in world football.
With their place in the quarter-finals secured, City will be looking to maintain their excellent form in both the Champions League and domestically as they seek to add more silverware to their already impressive collection.