Haaland Strikes Again With 2 Goals as Man City Crushes Young Boys 3-0 in UCL
Manchester City showed why they are one of the favorites to win the UEFA Champions League this season, demolishing Swiss side Young Boys 3-0 at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday evening. City secured their place in the knockout rounds for the 11th straight year thanks to their utter dominance over clearly overmatched opposition.
Haaland Adds Two More Goals to His Remarkable Early Season Tally
Erling Haaland, City’s lethal summer signing, scored twice more to bring his absurd goal tally to 15 in just 17 appearances across all competitions. Showing no ill effects from an ankle injury last weekend, the Norwegian converted a first half penalty and rifled in a long-range strike after the break. Though not considered among the Premier League’s best finishers yet, Haaland’s scoring rate already rivals the world’s elites. With the brace, he further validated City’s massive investment in one of the game’s top young talents.
— Erling Haaland (@ErlingHaaland) November 8, 2023
Rotated Side Still Far Too Strong for Outclassed Young Boys
Manager Pep Guardiola opted to rest several regulars but City still boasted far too much attacking quality and intensity for Young Boys. Creative forces like Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, and Mateo Kovacic sliced through the Swiss side’s defense with ease. The visitors failed to produce a single shot on goal and saw defender Sandro Lauper sent off in the second period. Given City’s complete control of possession and the chances created, Guardiola was able to withdraw Haaland early to keep him fresh.
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With knockout qualification wrapped up, City played the match in cruise control to save their top gear for Sunday’s critical Premier League showdown with Chelsea. But even at less than full intensity, City still had far more than enough to sweep past an clearly below-par Young Boys team. The one-sided affair underscored the significant gulf in quality between perennial Champions League contenders like City and overmatched minnows.