Erling Haaland is back! Striker scores milestone goal to help Man City through Bournemouth
Manchester City continued to put pressure on leaders Arsenal with a comfortable 4-1 win over Bournemouth on Saturday. City were in the fast lane in a number of collisions as the cherry collapsed under pressure from Guardiola’s usual combination of hard pressing and reckless finishing. Despite being aggressive, the home side were disappointed by the slackness in defense and the title-challengers benefited from goals from Haaland, Julian Alvarez and Phil Foden, and Chris Mepham’s own goals. received.
It was all about Erling Haaland. Not only did he break the record for goals scored by a man for his City player in one season (previously held by Sergio Aguero), but he also stretched out the Bournemouth defense throughout the evening, firing at the last minute. Combined some useful set pieces that were made. box. It was a great performance for a man who could have won his boot of the Premier League Goldens this season, and a good rebound from some of the recent atypical types.
City’s third goal shook Bournemouth, who were looking for two goals at half-time. That goal was an absolute gift, as a shaky pass from midfielder Philip Billing gave Foden the ball on a clear run from the edge of the area. He made the most of Billing’s mistake and the 26-year-old was replaced before the hour his mark – certainly not his best day.
City will next face Bristol City in the fifth round of the FA Cup. With a big game against Champions League contenders Newcastle next Saturday, City are likely to rotate a talented squad for the cup, but Guardiola will struggle on multiple fronts during the season. Meanwhile, Bournemouth’s tough run continues next weekend with a very tricky visit to Arsenal.