MANCHESTER CITY BEAT YOUNG BOYS 3 – 1 IN THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE – Erling Haaland ends Champions League goal drought with two goals
Erling Haaland ended his Champions League goal drought with a second-half double to earn Manchester City a 3-1 win at Young Boys and maintain the holders’ 100 per cent record in the group stage.
The Norwegian had gone five games, equating to 543 minutes, in the competition without a goal – and missed six more good chances in Bern – but ended his barren spell with a penalty and then a rasping right-footed shot, after City were given a scare in Switzerland.
After a goalless first half where City missed a host of first-half chances, Manuel Akanji gave the visitors the lead on the defender’s return to his homeland, but the treble winners were pegged back immediately as Meschack Elia scored a wonderful chip over Ederson on the break.
City saw a Julian Alvarez goal ruled out by VAR for a Jack Grealish handball in the build-up, but Haaland was the ultimate matchwinner as he scored from the spot with just over 20 minutes to go after Rodri was fouled, before putting a high finish into the net in the final minutes of the game.