Erling Haaland bagged a brace to secure a 2-0 victory for Manchester City over Everton.
The win also marked a significant milestone for Haaland, who reached his 50th start in the Premier League.
After a goalless first half, Haaland demonstrated his predatory instincts by pouncing on a loose ball at the back post following a corner in the 71st minute.
His powerful strike left Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford with no chance, giving City the lead.
With just five minutes remaining, Haaland sealed the victory by calmly slotting the ball past Pickford after receiving a well-timed pass from Kevin De Bruyne.
The Norwegian striker showcased his strength and composure as he held off a challenge from Jarrad Branthwaite before finding the back of the net.
This match marked Haaland’s first goals in 2024, following his return from a foot injury sustained against Aston Villa in December.
Since joining City from Borussia Dortmund in 2022, Haaland has been a prolific scorer, with an impressive tally of 73 goals in 78 appearances for the club.
His remarkable scoring rate has played a crucial role in City’s success.
Despite Haaland’s absence due to injury, City had been performing exceptionally well, winning all but one of their matches.
With this victory, they reclaim the top spot in the Premier League, sitting one point ahead of Liverpool and three points clear of Arsenal after 23 games played.
As they continue their pursuit of domestic and European glory, Haaland’s return will undoubtedly bolster their chances of success.
This article was updated 2 weeks ago