Haaland bags five as Man City thrash Luton

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  • Post published:February 28, 2024

Erling Haaland scored five goals to inspire holders Manchester City to a 6-2 thrashing of Luton Town to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals.

The Norwegian became the first player to score five goals in a game twice for City and recorded his eighth hat-trick for the team.

Kevin de Bruyne, who assisted the first four goals, was given time and space to cut the ball back for Haaland to score the first goal for City in the fourth minute.

Fifteen minutes later, the two linked up once more. Haaland pounced on a through pass before smashing it past Tim Krul, the custodian for Luton, and the third goal was created by a similar manoeuvre, which was completed with a lovely dink.

At the end of the first half, Jordan Clark gave Rob Edwards’ team hope for a memorable comeback with a breathtaking effort that curved sweetly into the top corner from 25 yards. Seven minutes into the second half, Clark gave Luton hope again with a thundering finish.

But De Bruyne’s tap-in to an empty net after Kyle Walker’s brilliant pass had sent the Belgium midfielder clean soon put an end to those dreams for Pep Guardiola’s club.

Haaland’s low effort went straight through Krul for his fifth goal, matching his effort against RB Leipzig in the Champions League last-16 from the previous season. Mateo Kovacic’s long-range strike then flew past Krul for the visitors’ sixth.

In the second half, Luton had several opportunities as Stefan Ortega, who started for City in place of Ederson, was called upon multiple times. With fifteen minutes remaining, City could have increased their lead even more, but when Haaland was substituted, the ruthlessness had diminished and the hosts were spared additional suffering.

Jack Grealish’s injury late in the first half caused him to be substituted, but other than that, City is still undefeated in eighteen games and still chasing a second straight triple.

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