Haaland scored the first goal in City’s 2-1 win against Fulham on Sunday.
The win made the light blues top the Premier League table for the first time since February.
As with the legend
The goal was Haaland’s 34th league goal in 30 league games this season. Thus, he touched the Premier League goals record in the same season.
Now the Norwegian equals striker legends Andy Cole (Newcastle, 1993-94) and Alan Shearer (Blackburn, 1994-95), who also scored 34 goals, despite being in a 42-game season.
The Norwegian national team player has broken the record for most goals scored in one Premier League season with 38 matches. Mohamed Salah held the record before Haaland passed him early in the season.
Manchester City will play a further six league games before Haaland’s first season at the club ends. As such, the streak could be significantly improved if he kept his scoring average and avoided injury late in the season.
After the game, Haaland took to Instagram. There he posted a touching message to his late agent Mino Raiola.
– From Vikings to Vikings. Work hard to change the game. Miss you Mino, Haaland wrote.
In the attached photo, you can see the jersey for the Norwegian national team that Haaland probably gave as a gift to Mino Raiola before his death.
The following text can be read in the lawsuit:
– For Mino. From Vikings to Vikings. We will change the game.
Raiola died on April 30, 2022, and Haaland’s greetings were revealed one year after his death.
When Haaland scored 1-0, you could see the Norwegian look up and point at the sky.
Guardiola: – Wow
Haaland has now scored 50 goals for City in all competitions. In doing so, he became the first top-flight player in England since Tom Waring in 1931 to reach a total of 50 goals in a season.
– Since before Churchill became prime minister? Wow! Been a long time. Congratulations to Erling, City manager Pep Guardiola told the BBC after the game.
Team-mate Julian Alvarez, who put in a fine game for City on Saturday and went on to win the game, is pleased with the partnership with the Norwegian superstar.
– It’s very important to have a striker who is dangerous, he scores so many goals. It is the responsibility of the whole team to play him, so we have to carry on,” Alvarez told the BBC.
Sunday’s game started with a bang when City were awarded a penalty after just two minutes when Julian Alvarez was brought down by Tim Ream.
From the penalty spot, Erling Braut Haaland was safe as a bank and sent City into the lead.
– The best in the world
Fulham goalkeeper Bernd Leno went in the right direction but Haaland’s penalty was excellent and slipped at the very bottom of the post. What a way for the Norwegian to come back after the penalty missed in the Champions League against Bayern last time out.
– Now he’s the best in the world, said enthusiastic Viaplay commentator Eivind Bisgaard Sundet after the 1-0 scoreline.
After a quarter of an hour with City leading, Fulham hit back unexpectedly when Carlos Vinícius made it 1-1 after a counter attack.
Ten minutes before the break, City regained the lead. Julian Alvarez received the ball from 25 meters and decided to tlink. He didn’t regret it, because the Argentinian took a great shot and slotted the ball into the net in a beautiful way.
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In the second half, Haaland had a good chance to score his second goal, only to be stopped by a fine save from Bernd Leno.
Thus it ended 2-1 to City.
Haaland is thus well on his way to his first Premier League title. The light blues have won the league four of the last five seasons.
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