Haaland bags brace as Man City extend perfect Champions League start

Pep Guardiola's side sit top of Group G after a third successive victory following their wins against Red Star Belgrade and RB Leipzig.

Haaland has put an abrupt end to his UCL goal drought after scoring two to secure an evident City 3-1 victory over Young Boys, maintaining a flawless UCL start on Wednesday.

Prior to the game, the striker had been without goals in his five previous Champions League games.

Having scored 35 goals in his first 30 Champions League games, the striker got back on track with a second-half double at the Wankdorf Stadium.

The Norwegian’s penalty restored City’s lead after Meschack Elia had cancelled out Manuel Akanji’s second-half opener for the holders.

Switzerland defender Akanji’s first goal for City this season came on his return to his homeland, just days after he was sent off in the treble winners’ victory over Brighton in the Premier League.

Haaland struck again in the closing stages to wrap up the points and take him to 11 goals in all competitions this term.

Pep Guardiola’s team leads Group G after a third consecutive victory, following victories over Red Star Belgrade and RB Leipzig.

Another win over Young Boys at the Etihad Stadium next month would guarantee Manchester City‘s place in the knockout stages with two games to spare.

Taking a swipe at critics of Haaland’s inconsistent form this season, City boss Pep Guardiola joked:

“Honestly, I’m so concerned!”

“People expect him to score four goals every time. People want him to fail; people expect he won’t do it, but I’m sorry this guy is going to score goals all his life.”

“Listen, it is important for him to have the chances, with the incredible threat. The players need the ability to find the pass like Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan.”

The Manchester City manager also confessed that City are suffering from a little treble hangover, with recent Premier League defeats to Wolves and Arsenal following a League Cup loss to Newcastle.

However, Citey remain unbeaten in their previous 16 Champions League games, and even the unusual obstacle offered by Young Boys’ synthetic field could not derail their supremacy in the event.

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