RB Leipzig could still have hope after the 1-1 at home, but in the second leg against Manchester City there was no stopping the Germans. Especially thanks to five hits from an unchained Erling Haaland, it became 7-0 for the English. And so they are in the quarterfinals of the Champions League for the sixth year in a row. Former Heracles Almelo goalkeeper Janis Blaswich was under the bar at Leipzig tonight and was important for his team in the opening phase with a number of saves. However, after City got a penalty kick very easily, the resistance of the visitors was broken.
Haaland keeps scoring
Leipzig defender Benjamin Henrichs got the ball against his arm in a duel from barely half a meter away. The VAR reported and the referee decided: penalty kick. Haaland put himself behind the football and rammed in the opening goal. And 78 counts later it was hit again, this time he headed the ball in after Kevin de Bruyne’s shot came back into the field via the crossbar. Leipzig then got some breathing space for a moment, but it was hit again before the break. The rebound of a header from Rúben Dias went into the goal via Haaland: 3-0. After the break, City continued to score at breakneck speed. Ilkay Gündogan made the 4-0 after a smooth attack, after which it was time for Haaland again. The goal machine was again in the right place twice to work in rebounds and so it was 6-0 within an hour of play.
City coach Pep Guardiola then thought it was enough and took Haaland to the side. Naturally, the Norwegian received a standing ovation. In his first season at City, he already has 39 goals in 36 matches, 10 of which he made in the Champions League. At 22 he has already passed Arjen Robben, Wayne Rooney and Samuel Eto’o. It was then until injury time for City, with Nathan Aké within the line throughout the game, to score another goal. It was De Bruyne who managed to curl in the ball from a distance and ensured the final chord.