Erling Haaland continued his jaw-dropping assault on the Premier League on Saturday as he netted a first-half brace to equal Mohamed Salah‘s single-season goal-scoring document in Manchester Metropolis‘s 3-1 victory over beleaguered Leicester Metropolis on Saturday.
Haaland elevated his haul to 32 targets to tie Salah’s mark for a 38-game season — and the 22-year-old Norwegian scoring machine has eight video games nonetheless to play.
Solely 4 days earlier, Haaland turned the primary participant in English soccer to attain a document 45 targets in a season in all competitions throughout Metropolis’s 3-0 win over Bayern Munich within the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal.
On Saturday, that document tally elevated to 47 targets.
Pep Guardiola sat out his star striker for the second half at Etihad Stadium on Saturday, giving him some relaxation earlier than the second leg of their Champions League showdown with Bayern.
Guardiola’s aspect, who’re unbeaten in 14 matches in all competitions, path leaders Arsenal by three factors with a sport in hand of their breakneck race for the Premier League title. Arsenal play West Ham on Sunday.
“Our requirements slipped just a little in direction of the tip, there have been just a few errors and we had a few substitutions. General we’re proud of the primary 60 minutes or so.”
Haaland made it 2-0 with a penalty within the twelfth minute, awarded because of Wilfred Ndidi‘s handball. He calmly slotted it into the underside proper nook.
He scored his second within the twenty fifth minute after Kevin De Bruyne steamrolled previous Ndidi to feed Haaland, who completed with a chip previous Daniel Iversen.
Trailing 3-0, former Metropolis man Kelechi Iheanacho pulled one again for Leicester within the seventy fifth minute on an in any other case nightmarish afternoon for his or her interim supervisor Dean Smith, whose crew are nineteenth with 25 factors from 31 video games of their battle to keep away from relegation. They’re two factors adrift of the security zone.
“There’s tons we are able to take,” Smith instructed Sky Sports activities. “I am clearly upset however a two-goal deficit to the very best crew on the earth is not the tip of the world.
“Our season will not be outlined right here, we’ve a run of video games the place we’ve to win matches.”
Leicester had a pair extra late scoring possibilities. Metropolis keeper Ederson stopped James Maddison‘s point-blank shot after a one-on-one. Iheanacho’s lengthy shot in damage time clanged off the put up.