Man City: Haaland tunnel incident baffles Guardiola
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Erling Haaland failed to find the back of the net in his two Champions League clashes with Manchester City as Borussia Dortmund crashed out of the tournament in the quarter-finals last night. Pep Guardiola’s side ran out 2-1 winners in both legs to book a semi-final showdown with Paris Saint-Germain.
Phil Foden was the shining light at the Westfalenstadion but City will also had one eye on Haaland.
Sergio Aguero is set to leave the Etihad Stadium this summer and the Blues have Haaland on their transfer wishlist.
However, the Norwegian extended this goal drought to seven matches in all competitions.
That will not have quelled any interest with the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Barcelona all interested in his services.
Haaland has links to the Premier League as his dad, Alf-Inge, represented Leeds and City during his playing days.
And he sent a message to his former club after they progressed to the final four in Europe for only the second time.
“Well done City,” he said. “Congrats But, some strange ref decision over the two legs. All the best in the next round.”
Those decisions Alf-Inge is pointing too are Jude Bellingham’s disallowed goal in the first leg, where he was adjudged to have fouled Ederson, and a penalty call last night.
Emre Can headed a cross onto his own arm and VAR was unsure if a penalty should be given to they stuck with the on-field decision.
That moment turned the game on it’s head as it allowed Riyad Mahrez to level from the spot.
City then kicked on as Foden scored the winner with a thunderous effort from the edge of the box.
“He scored two important goals to help us be in the semi-finals,” Guardiola said of Foden. “He is learning to make decisions.
“He always creates something. He is dynamic offensively, defensively and in the small spaces.
“You have the feeling he is a guy who never hides.”
City’s win keeps them on course for a historic quadruple and they return to action against Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-finals this weekend.
They need three more victories to clinch the Premier League title and are through to the Carabao Cup final, where they take on Tottenham next weekend.
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