Haaland’s five goals in less than an hour fire City into Champions League last eight

Manchester: Erling Haaland scored a record-equalling five goals in a Champions League match on Tuesday (Wednesday AEDT) to put Manchester City on course for the quarter-finals.

The Norway international became the fastest player to reach 30 goals in the competition when putting the English champions 2-0 up against RB Leipzig in the round-of-16 second leg at Etihad Stadium.

At 22 years, 236 days old, he is also the youngest player to reach that landmark, surpassing Kylian Mbappe, who was 22 years, 352 days when he scored his 30th Champions League goal.

But Haaland, who had fired City ahead from the penalty spot after 22 minutes, wasn’t finished with his double. He completed his hat trick just before half-time to give Pep Guardiola’s team a 3-0 lead at the break.

With his father, former City player Alfie, cheering in the crowd, Haaland scored his fourth in the 54th and his fifth in the 57th.

Lionel Messi and Luiz Adriano are the only other players to have scored five goals in a Champions League match.

Haaland’s five-goal haul equalled the records of Lionel Messi and Luiz Adriano in a Champions League match.Credit:AP

Haaland was substituted after 63 minutes, with City leading 6-0 on the night and 7-1 on aggregate. Kevin De Bruyne added an eighth in stoppage time to complete the rout.

In Tuesday’s other match, Inter Milan joined City, Chelsea, Bayern Munich, AC Milan and Benfica in the last eight following a scoreless draw away to Porto.

A frenetic eight minutes of stoppage time saw Porto defender Pepe sent off for a second bookable offence and the hosts hitting the post twice. In the end Romelu Lukaku’s late goal in the first leg proved decisive as the 2010 winners made the quarter-finals for the first time in 12 years.

Thursday’s matches see Liverpool needing to mount a famous comeback on enemy soil to advance against Real Madrid following their 5-2 capitulation at Anfield last month, while Napoli will take a 2-0 advantage into their home clash against Eintracht Frankfurt.

Watch every match of the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Europa Conference League on Stan Sport. Continues Thursday with Real Madrid v Liverpool and Napoli v Frankfurt, all the action streaming ad-free, live and on demand, with select matches in 4K UHD.

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