"A goal machine," "Mr Champions League" - Football world stunned by Manchester City superstar Erling Haaland's 'outrageous' winner against Dortmund

Football world stunned by Erling Haaland
Football world stunned by Erling Haaland's late winner for Manchester City

Erling Haaland scored one of the goals of the season to help Manchester City complete a late comeback victory against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.

The Premier League champions fell behind at the Etihad Stadium when Jude Bellingham scored on his return to England. City appeared to be running out of ideas when John Stones equalized with just 10 minutes to go, thanks to a spectacular hit.

Just four minutes later, Pep Guardiola's side produced a moment of magic when Joao Cancelo sent a cross towards the back post with the outside of his boot. Haaland then somehow got his left leg high enough to reach the ball and guide it past the goalkeeper to give Manchester City a crucial victory.


Most at the Etihad Stadium were left in disbelief by the goal and Twitter exploded shortly after. Everyone, from former pros to fans, sang the praises of the Norwegian superstar, who has now scored 13 goals in eight games this season:

A spectacularly acrobatic goal from @ErlingHaaland against his former club. He’s a goal machine.
Ridiculous finish by Haaland, but that ball from Cancelo was from another planet. Unbelievably good.
Nah Haaland is OUTRAGEOUS.
👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 @ErlingHaaland what a finish that is. @ChampionsLeague
Haaland waited to score till Schlotterbeck came on? Villain behavior.
Haaland reminds me of the NBA or NFL equivalent of “just throw it up there & I’ll go get it”. Elite in so many different physical & mental areas…
Erling Braut Haaland - Mr. Champions League#UCL

Erling Haaland 'proud' of Manchester City performance against his former club

Most of the pre-match attention was focused on the Norway international as he faced his old club for the first time. Haaland netted 86 times in 89 appearances for the German giants and was well aware of the threat that they posed.

Speaking to BT Sport after the clash, the prolific striker stated (as per BBC Sport):

"In the end, we showed what we are. This is what we are. This is how we have to play. I'm proud of the last 25 minutes. Nice cross (from Joao Cancelo). It's a really important win."

On facing his old club, Haaland stated:

"It's good to see everyone."

He further added on his old teammates:

"They didn’t stop me, I scored. They played well. They were good. I was quite sure I was going to be followed the whole game because Edin [Dortmund boss Terzic] knows me very well. Dortmund were really good today. Three points is what matters."

Pep Guardiola gave incredibly high praise for his number nine after the game, as he compared him to Barcelona and the Netherlands icon Johan Cruyff. The Manchester City boss proclaimed:

"What a goal. I remember a long time ago in Barcelona, Johan Cruyff scored one quite similar against Atletico Madrid. It’s nice Erling emulated Johan Cruyff."

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Edited by Akshay Saraswat
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