Manchester City won against Dortmund on Tuesday in the quarter-final first leg of the Champions League (2-1). A match during which Erling Haaland remained silent, even if the Borussia striker showed his power in a spectacular way during a duel with Ruben Dias.
His stats are still crazy. Even if they are down slightly for a few weeks. After an international window during which he did not find the loophole with Norway, Erling Haaland remained silent in Manchester City’s lair on Tuesday, in the quarter-final first leg of the Champions League (2-1). As when the Bundesliga resumed last weekend against Frankfurt. That does not prevent the 20-year-old phenomenon from posting 33 goals in 33 appearances this season (in all competitions). And that did not prevent him from showing on the lawn of the Etihad Stadium.
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The Borussia forward, who had struck four times against Sevilla in the previous round in two games, turned into a decisive passer on Marco Reus’ equalizer. But he stood out above all for his devastating power in the Skyblues garden. Ruben Dias bears the brunt of it upon returning from the locker room. Well launched in depth, Haaland got into action to gain speed, before coming to play a duel with the Portuguese defender. Shoulder to shoulder. And the fight did not last very long …
The assistant referee asked him for an autograph
Beaten by the physical strength of his opponent, the former Benfica could not resist. He quickly fell to the ground in contact with the Scandinavian machine. In the end, Haaland failed to conclude from the left when entering the box. But the action marked the spirits.
Starting with that of Ruben Dias, who has reason to dread his reunion with Borussia’s center forward in the return match, next Tuesday at Signal Iduna Park (9 p.m. on RMC Sport). And maybe also that of one of the assistant referees, who came to ask Haaland for an autograph after the game. What to create a certain discomfort in the corridor leading to the locker rooms.