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Erling Haaland’s sensational finish completes Manchester City’s 2-1 comeback against former side Borussia Dortmund

And the Manchester City striker did not disappoint, scoring an acrobatic volley with the outside of his boot late against Borussia Dortmund to win the game for City, who have now broken an English record 21 appearances at home unbeaten in the Champions League.
After another scoring goal for Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham, City left him late to make a comeback. John Stones scored a rocket in the 80th minute before Haaland grabbed the winner four minutes later.

After a minute’s silence held in respect for Queen Elizabeth II, the two typically thrilling teams played out a nervous first half.

Neither side was able to create clean chances and it wasn’t until Bellingham latched onto a Marco Reus cross that either team threatened.

By scoring his fourth Champions League goal, Bellingham leapfrogged a host of players to become the competition’s highest-scoring English teenager.

Dortmund retreated deeper and deeper in a bid to hold on to their lead, and it looked like they would hold out for an important victory in Group G.

An unlikely hero stepped in for the home side in John Stones, who scored a spectacular goal from outside the box, with a finish reminiscent of former City captain Vincent Kompany’s famous strike against Leicester in 2019.

Just four minutes later, Stones would inevitably be overtaken by Haaland who once again stole the show.

Following intense pressure on the Dortmund defence, João Cancelo played a mark now outside the center of the boot into the box.

The ball was apparently too high and too far for anyone to notice, but Haaland, as is now routine, wowed the fans in attendance by finishing acrobatically with the outside of his left boot past an Alexander Helpless Meyer.

Pep Guardiola was quick to praise the finish. “The moment he scored I thought ‘Johan Cruyff’,” Guardiola said before drawing a comparison to another icon.

“I remember my dear friend [Zlatan] Ibrahimović had this ability to put his leg on the roof and Erling is quite similar on that.

“I think it’s his nature. He’s springy, he’s flexible and has the ability to make contact and put the ball in the net.”

Haaland now has three goals in two Champions League appearances this season.

Haaland has now scored 13 goals in his first nine games for the Citizens and should be a transcendent force for City in the months and years to come.

It was another example of the ruthless nature of a 22-year-old who was anonymous for most of the game but looked set to score every time he got close to the ball, a now consistent theme.

It’s an idea Haaland embraces, as after the game he told BeIn Sports: “To touch the ball five times and score five times is my biggest dream.”

Haaland threatened to score early on when Riyad Mahrez’s cross was taken off the Norwegian’s header by Niklas Süle.

In the second half, with his first decent chance, he hit the outside of the post from a tight angle before scoring again almost a tap-in only for Dortmund defender Mats Hummels to make a final interception on the cross.

But the Norwegian would not be denied, scoring his 26th Champions League goal in 21 appearances and continuing his unrivaled rise to stardom. No one has even come close to Haaland’s record in the competition, including the tournament’s all-time top scorer, Cristiano Ronaldo, who didn’t score his first goal in the competition until his 26th appearance.

There’s an understandable reluctance to put Haaland in the same category as Lionel Messi and Ronaldo, but if the striker continues to score at the same rate he’ll be far ahead of the two greatest players the Champions League has ever seen.

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