Man City soon won tickets to the 1/8 round of the Champions League, defeating Young Boys 3-0 in the fourth match of Group G.
A day full of joy at the Etihad, when the host won the right to continue two matches early, thanks to their 100th victory in the European arena. In the 3-0 victory, striker Erling Haaland scored twice and made fans feel secure about his health after limping off the field in the match against Bournemouth last weekend.
Erling Haaland fired Manchester City into the knockout stages
Haaland slotted the opener in from the penalty spot
Phil Foden made it 2-0 with a sumptuous finish low into the corner
The Norwegian blasted home a belting finish to make it 3-0
Man City extended their unbeaten run in the Champions League
Man City also set a new record by becoming the English team with the longest unbeaten streak in European cups, with 18 matches.
There is no sign that Haaland is still in pain after dislocating his ankle three days ago. In 60 minutes on the field, the Norwegian striker was tightly marked by Young Boys captain Mohamed Camara but still scored two goals, one from a penalty kick in the 23rd minute and one from a long-range shot that burned into the net in the 51st minute. Haaland scored Up to 15 goals in just 17 matches this season.
The difference in class between the two teams comes not only from that image, but also from statistics. Man City held the ball 70% and finished 27 times while Young Boys did not have a single shot.
The away team only overwhelmed the home team in terms of penalty cards. In addition to three yellow cards, they received a red card at the beginning of the second half when Sandro Lauper tackled Nathan Ake. Previously, in the first half, it was Lauper who fouled Matheus Nunes in the penalty area, leading to Haaland’s successful penalty.
Man City’s 23rd consecutive home win also had contributions from Phil Foden, who handled the ball and finished neatly after Jack Grealish’s long pass in first half stoppage time. The score could be bigger than 3-0, if the home players make good use of the opportunities created by substitute Jeremy Doku.
Ederson had to get rid of a flare from the pitch
Sandro Lauper picked up two yellow cards to leave Young Boys with ten men
The traveling supporters lit up the away end with sparklers
For the 11th consecutive season, Man City qualified for the Champions League group stage. Moving on with them in Group G is Leipzig, who won 2-1 at Red Star Belgrade to get nine points. Man City leads with four wins and only needs to draw with Leipzig in the fifth match on November 29 to be sure of being top of the group.