Sevilla 0-4 Manchester City: Erling Haaland hits double as Pep Guardiola's side make perfect start to Champions League campaign Match report as Erling Haaland shone on first European appearance for City; he has now scored 25 goals in just 20 Champions League appearances
What's that coming over the hill? It's Erling Haaland !
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Erling Haaland scored twice and made it 12 goals in seven games for Man City as they kicked off their Champions League campaign in style with a 4-0 win over Sevilla.
City's new superstar scored twice in the Group G opener with Phil Foden and Ruben Dias also getting in on the act as Pep Guardiola's quest to win a first Champions League with the club got off to the perfect start.
Haaland was on hand to convert a Kevin De Bruyne cross on 20 minutes before Foden reversed a clever second goal into the far corner after the break. City, who were at their slick best, made the game ultra-safe on 67 minutes when Haaland tapped home after Foden's shot was parried meaning the Norway striker has now scored 25 goals in just 20 Champions League appearances.
Dias rounded off the scoring in injury-time in an emphatic win.
Erling Haaland - He's only been on these shores for seven games but it's becoming hard to write anything intelligent or ground-breaking about his powers. Check the bucket of superlatives. It's already empty.
Best to talk facts and numbers then.
City's new superstar scored twice in the Champions League Group G opener against Sevilla, taking his tally to 12 goals in the City colors. The Norway striker has now scored 25 goals in just 20 Champions League appearances.
There will be more to come, too.
There should have been more in Seville but his teammates, bar De Bruyne it seems, are still struggling to fire direct balls across the box or into Haaland's feet. The switch from having to score a beautiful goal to a more simple, rugged one is taking time to sink in.
Take for example Phil Foden's goal that made it 2-0. As the play developed down the right edge of the box with Joao Cancelo, Haaland made three separate runs into pockets of space in the box and demanded the cross. On each occasion his request was not fulfilled, did he sulk? Did he heck? He just kept moving back into more space waiting for the ball. Eventually, the ball found Foden and he could have slipped in Haaland, who was again in space, but he reversed a quality finish into the far corner.
When City's players work out the ball Haaland is almost always on, who knows what is possible.
A monster season, most probably.