Man City 7-0 RB Leipzig (Agg: 8-1): Erling Haaland scores five goals to send City into Champions League quarter-finals

Five goals from Erling Haaland made it a memorable night for Manchester City as they beat RB Leipzig 7-0 at the Etihad Stadium to secure an 8-1 aggregate victory; Ilkay Gundogan and Kevin De Bruyne scored the others as City progressed to the Champions League quarter-finals

By Adam Bate, Comment and Analysis @ghostgoal

Image: Erling Haaland celebrates scoring his fifth goal of the match against RB Leipzig

Erling Haaland scored five goals to power Manchester City into the quarter-finals of the Champions League with a 7-0 win over RB Leipzig at the Etihad Stadium.

The tie had been precariously balanced after a 1-1 draw in Germany but Haaland took the game away from City's opponents with a first-half hat-trick and added two more before the hour on an astonishing night. His tally for the season now stands at 39.

Ilkay Gundogan and Kevin De Bruyne grabbed the other goals but the evening belonged to the 22-year-old Norwegian. He is the first man in nine years to score five in a Champions League game and it might have been more had Pep Guardiola not withdrawn him.

The City boss knows there are bigger tests ahead and though Arsenal retain a five-point lead in the Premier League title race, with Guardiola's team now in two quarter-finals - and Haaland in this mood - a spectacular finale to the season could yet lie ahead.

Player ratings

Man City: Ederson (6), Stones (9), Dias (7), Akanji (7), Ake (8), Rodri (7), Gundogan (8), De Bruyne (9), Silva (9), Haaland (10), Grealish (7).

Subs: Foden (7), Mahrez (7), Phillips (6), Alvarez (6), Gomez (6).

RB Leipzig: Blaswich (6), Henrichs (4), Orban (5), Gvardiol (5), Raum (5), Laimer (6), Kampl (5), Haidara (5), Szoboszlai (5), Werner (4), Forsberg (5).

Subs:Silva (6), Poulsen (6), Simakan (6), Olmo (6), Klostermann (6).

Player of the match: Erling Haaland.

Haaland's record-breaking night in stats

Erling Haaland has broken Man City's 94 year-old record for most goals scored in a season. His 39 goals beats the previous record of Tommy Johnson that has stood since 1929.

Haaland is the third player to score five goals in a single Champions League game after Luiz Adriano in October 2014 and Lionel Messi in March 2012.

He has scored 33 goals in 25 games in the Champions League, reaching the 30-goal milestone in fewer matches than any other player in the competition’s history.

Haaland also became the youngest player to reach 30 goals in Champions League history.

Haaland has scored five hat-tricks for Man City in all competitions this season, three more than any other player in Europe's big five leagues.

He is the first Premier League player to score five hat-tricks in a season since Harry Kane in 2016-17.

Haaland has scored 10 goals in the UEFA Champions League this season, the most by a Man City player in a single season in the competition.

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How Haaland blew Leipzig away

His first of the night came from the penalty spot, a harsh handball decision going against Benjamin Henrichs following a VAR check. The second, just two minutes later, was magnificent, a towering header after De Bruyne's shot had struck the crossbar.


The third ricocheted in off him from barely a yard out after Ruben Dias' header had rolled along the line, but Haaland makes a habit of being in the right place. His fifth hat-trick of the season in this stadium. The second of them to come before the half-time whistle.

Team news

Pep Guardiola made only one change from the team that won 1-0 at Crystal Palace on Saturday with Kevin De Bruyne returning in place of Phil Foden, who dropped to the bench.

RB Leipzig also made one change the weekend with Kevin Kampl coming into the midfield in place of striker Andre Silva. That saw Timo Werner lead the line on his own.

Ederson was fortunate to escape punishment when he clattered into Konrad Laimer after racing out of his area, while Timo Werner missed his kick when well placed to pull one back. But that occasional sloppiness at the back never really looked like being costly.

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Not when they were so potent at the other end of the pitch.

Not when Haaland was around.

The fourth was a fine team goal that involved the striker and finished with Jack Grealish setting up Gundogan for a left-footed effort into the far corner. With Leipzig beaten, all that talk of Haaland struggling to see the ball felt farcical - it appeared drawn to him.

Image: Haaland was the star of the show as Manchester City overpowered RB Leipzig

Janis Blaswich did well to save his header but could not keep out the rebound. Then he had his fifth when the goalkeeper denied Manuel Akanji but not the man of the moment. There was almost disbelief at this point. Only his substitution spared the Bundesliga side.

De Bruyne had the final say. In a week in which his manager had told him to focus on the simple things, he duly completed the rout by curling the ball into the top corner of the net with the final kick of the match. More brilliance from the Belgian.

With the famous Poznan celebration having an airing, it made for a joyous occasion. Remarkable given what was on the line. Guardiola had said beforehand he knows his time at City will be judged by some on whether he wins the Champions League.

Haaland's presence means that he finally might.

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Haaland becomes fastest player to 30 Champions League goals

Haaland became the fastest and youngest player to reach 30 Champions League goals. Tuesday's haul gave him 33 goals in 25 games in the competition, still aged 22.

He began the night level with Ryan Giggs and Edin Dzeko on 28, joint 28th in the Champions League era, and passed David Trezeguet, Patrick Kluivert, Roy Makaay, Kaka, Wayne Rooney, Antoine Griezmann, Samuel Eto’o and Arjen Robben, moving level with Fernando Morientes in 19th place.

Edinson Cavani is next in his sights on 35, with fellow young phenomenon Kylian Mbappe on 40 and Sergio Aguero 41, including a club-record 36 for City.

Surprisingly it is only his second hat-trick in the competition, the first coming for RB Salzburg against Genk in 2019, though he has scored twice in a game on a further 10 occasions.

He is only the third player to score five in a single Champions League game, following Lionel Messi for Barcelona against Bayer Leverkusen in 2012 and Luiz Adriano for Shakhtar Donetsk against BATE Borisov two years later.

Haaland: Scoring is my super-strength

Image: Haaland celebrates after scoring the opening goal on Tuesday

Asked what he felt was his 'super-strength', Haaland replied: "My super-strength? I think after scoring five goals I have to say scoring goals.

"Should I be honest? A lot of goals today I didn't think, I was just doing it. On the penalty, I was just trying to get the ball into the back of the net, same with the second goal, same with the third goal, same with every goal.

"I didn't think on every single goal. I think a lot of it is just being quick in the mind and trying to do the right thing, trying to put it where the 'keeper is not.

"I think a little bit of it is quality but a lot of it is in the head, I think."

Asked about Guardiola's decision to substitute him with half an hour remaining, Haaland added: "I told him, I would love to score a double hat-trick but what can we do?!"

Hat-trick heroics

Manchester City 4 Crystal Palace 2, August 27

Trailing 2-0 at half-time to a John Stones own goal and Joachim Andersen’s header, City pulled one back through Bernardo Silva before Haaland took centre stage with three goals in 20 minutes.

Manchester City 6 Nottingham Forest 0, August 31

Just four days later he put Forest to the sword with a perfect hat-trick, taking him to a record nine goals in his first five Premier League games.

Manchester City 6 Manchester United 3, October 2

Haaland and Phil Foden both scored hat-tricks as City savoured a derby success which was even more one-sided than the final scoreline appeared, after Anthony Martial’s late double for United. It was Haaland’s third treble in successive Premier League home games, interrupted by the international break.

Manchester City 3 Wolves 0, January 22

Three in 14 minutes either side of half-time took Haaland through the 30-goal mark for the season in all competitions, and 25 in the league.

Manchester City 7 RB Leipzig 0, March 14

Haaland had recorded his second perfect hat-trick of the season by half-time and finished with five in a 35-minute spell before he was substituted with his night’s work well and truly done.

When is the draw?

The draws for the quarter-finals and semi-finals take place at 11am UK time on Friday, March 17 in Nyon, Switzerland at UEFA's headquarters.

The eight last-16 winners are involved in an open quarter-final and semi-final draw.

There are no seedings and no country protection, so clubs can face opposition from the same country. They can also draw teams they previously played in the group stage.

A final draw will also take place to determine the 'home' side for administrative reasons for the showpiece event in Istanbul, Turkey on June 10.

You can follow the draw with Sky Sports' live blog, so you can keep across everything right here.

What's next?

Manchester City host Burnley in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup on Saturday. They resume Premier League action after the international break when they face Liverpool on April 1 at the Etihad Stadium.

RB Leipzig travel to relegation-threatened Bochum back in the Bundesliga on Saturday.