SEVILLA, Spain (AP) – Whatever the competition, whoever the opponent, Erling Holland can’t stop scoring for Manchester City.
The Norwegian striker made it 12 goals in seven competitive games for City in his first season after scoring twice in a 4-0 win over Sevilla in their Champions League opener on Tuesday.
Phil Foden and Ruben Dias scored the other goals for City in their dominant performance at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan, which was then capped by a late clinic of opportunism from Holland, who now has 25 goals in 21 Champions League games. have
He scored a hat-trick on his debut in the competition for Salzburg and was also on the scoresheet in his Champions League debut for Borussia Dortmund.
And there was no doubt that Haaland would do the same for City when Kevin De Bruyne was set free in the right-hand channel by Foden’s pass, the Belgian sending in a cross that Haaland converted with a volley from close range. . In the 21st minute.
Foden made it 2-0 in the 58th when he broke into the penalty area and curled in before sending a shot through the legs of defender Nemanja Godelj and into the bottom corner.
Foden was also involved in the third goal, his shot saved by goalkeeper Yassin Bono only for Holland to be there for the rebound.
City’s fourth goal, a second-half stoppage-time tap-in by Dias for his first Champions League goal, was met with jeers by frustrated Sevilla fans who have seen their team drop to four games in the Spanish league. Only gets one point. So far this season.
Haaland shows an uncanny ability to be in the right place at the right time – usually directly in front of goal – to finish off chances in his miserable early displays for City since his off-season move from Dortmund.
He has failed to score in just one of his first seven games for City – somewhat surprisingly against relegation candidates Bournemouth in the Premier League – and has already Nam had back-to-back hat-tricks.
The De Bruyne-Haaland partnership is also clicking, with the pair combining for three goals – all scored by Haaland – already this season.
“I try to do my job, make the right moves and create as many chances as I can and I know Erling will be there,” De Bruyne said. “At the moment, Erling is scoring goals.”
If City beat Dortmund in a swift reunion with his former club next week for Holland, Pep Guardiola’s side will go into a double-header with FC Copenhagen out of Group G, knowing that two wins will Place in the knockout stage with two games to go. Extra, which could be important in an impressive World Cup season.
“The first away game is very important, you have to set a tone,” De Bruyne said, “and we did that tonight.”