Man City vs FC Copenhagen LIVE: Champions League result, final score and reaction as Erling Haaland scores twice in loss

Guardiola on Haaland – “No one can keep up with him at his age”

Erling Haaland increased his goals tally to a staggering 19 in all competitions this season with another brace in Manchester City’s 5-0 win over FC Copenhagen in the Champions League.

Haaland wasted no time in getting City going with another goal in his remarkable campaign, sweeping home an early opener before putting the game over the Danish side within 32 minutes.

City advanced and added a third goal six minutes before the break when David Khocholava broke his own net while Haaland lurked just behind in the hunt for his second treble in four days.

Haaland failed to score a hat-trick as he was eliminated at half-time but goals kept falling as Riyad Mahrez converted a penalty before Julian Alvarez ended the game with a late fifth. The most comfortable of wins ensured City have a maximum of nine points in the group and need two more to secure a place in the knockout stages. Copenhagen are bottom with one point from three games.

Relive the action from the Champions League group stage as Manchester City beat FC Copenhagen:


Erling Haaland scores twice as Man City beat FC Copenhagen in Champions League

After the first, Pep Guardiola turned to the bench and shook his head in disbelief, as if not everyone present at the Etihad saw it. As if it wasn’t what everyone expects.

After the second, the Manchester City manager rubbed his hands in glee and said several “wows” to his staff. At that point, you might have thought he would keep Erling Haaland on the pitch long enough to score a third goal.

But it turns out that not even one of the most extraordinary starts in a centre-forward’s life in recent times is as important to Guardiola as proper rest and rotation. Haaland was knocked out at half-time in that 5-0 win over Copenhagen. After all, it is now an impressive 19 goals in 12 competitive games for City and 28 goals in 22 appearances in the Champions League – as many as Ryan Giggs has managed in 21 years.


Erling Haaland meets Lionel Messi to make it ninth in a row for Pep Guardiola

Erling Haaland’s double against FC Copenhagen on Wednesday, under Pep Guardiola’s guidance, saw Lionel Messi score the longest-ever goal.

The Norwegian has prevailed at Manchester City, scoring 17 goals in his last nine games, with three hat-tricks and at least one goal in every game.

Here, the PA news agency examines how Haaland compares to Messi, as well as the longest runs for Guardiola’s City side to date:


Celtic’s Champions League hopes are dashed by defeat to RB Leipzig

Celtic plummeted to defeat tonight and now face an uphill battle to qualify for the Champions League knockout rounds after a 3-1 Champions League defeat by RB Leipzig.

Christopher Nkunku opened the scoring with a 27th-minute counterattack after Celtic lost the ball from a short corner and the visitors were unable to count on Jota’s equalizer as captain Callum McGregor was substituted off injured.

Leipzig had just had a second goal disallowed following VAR intervention when goalkeeper Joe Hart presented the home side with the ball for Andre Silva to score the first of his two goals of the second half.

The defeat leaves Celtic bottom of Group F with a point from three games, but they will have to play both Leipzig and Shakhtar Donetsk against Parkhead in the next two games.


FT Manchester City 5-0 Copenhagen

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FT Manchester City 5-0 Copenhagen

Erling Haaland has scored 28 goals in 22 Champions League appearances, a record 1.27 goals per game; There are 98 teams with a worse goal record than him in the competition.


Final score: Manchester City 5-0 Copenhagen

90 mins: Sergio Gomez volleys a floating corner and blasts it on target, but Kamil Grabara makes a great shot to turn the ball over the bar. He has conceded five goals and was Copenhagen’s best player tonight.

The final whistle blew and City picked up three wins from three Champions League games this season.


Manchester City 5-0 Copenhagen

87 minutes: The game is now over. Just a few minutes left to play with full control of City.


Manchester City 5-0 Copenhagen

82 mins: Jack Grealish volleys a Riyad Mahrez cross and kicks his side feet into the deck, where the ball bounces up and just wide of the right post.

He’s desperate for a goal and deserves one for tonight’s performance.


Manchester City 5-0 Copenhagen

79 mins: How many points can City still score? Cole Palmer lifts the ball from the opposite wing to the left side of the field and finds Gundogan lifting a shot over the bar!

Playing just over 10 minutes, the home side could easily get another one or two before the end.


GATE! Manchester City 5-0 Copenhagen (Alvarez, 76′)⚽️

76 mins: Julian Alvarez is wrong in the Champions League. They increase the tempo and send Riyad Mahrez into the penalty area on the right. He slides the ball into the five-yard box where Alvarez is free to lead it home! Man City vs FC Copenhagen LIVE: Champions League result, final score and reaction as Erling Haaland scores twice in loss

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