Manchester City vs. Leicester City – Football Match Report – April 15, 2023
Erling Haaland continued his jaw-dropping assault on the Premier League on Saturday as he netted a primary-half brace to equal Mohamed Salah’s single-season aim-scoring document in Manchester City’s 3-1 victory over beleaguered Leicester City on Saturday.
Haaland elevated his haul to 32 targets to tie Salah’s mark for a 38-sport season — and the 22-12 months-previous Norwegian scoring machine has eight video games nonetheless to play.
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Only 4 days earlier, Haaland turned the primary participant in English soccer to attain a document 45 targets in a season in all competitions throughout City’s 3-0 win over Bayern Munich within the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal.
On Saturday, that document tally elevated to 47 targets.
Pep Guardiola sat out his star striker for the second half at Etihad Stadium on Saturday, giving him some relaxation earlier than the second leg of their Champions League showdown with Bayern.
Guardiola’s facet, who’re unbeaten in 14 matches in all competitions, path leaders Arsenal by three factors with a sport in hand of their breakneck race for the Premier League title. Arsenal play West Ham on Sunday.
“I think we are very happy with three more points. Three more points closer to Arsenal and we are chasing them,” Manchester midfielder Kalvin Phillips advised the BBC.
“Our standards slipped a little towards the end, there were a few mistakes and we had a couple of substitutions. Overall we are happy with the first 60 minutes or so.”
John Stones put City forward within the within the fifth minute. With the ball flying across the field like pinball, Stones acquired his left foot on it to beat keeper Daniel Iversen.
Haaland made it 2-0 with a penalty within the twelfth minute, awarded as a consequence of Wilfred Ndidi’s handball. He calmly slotted it into the underside proper nook.
He scored his second within the twenty fifth minute after Kevin De Bruyne steamrolled previous Ndidi to feed Haaland, who completed with a chip previous Daniel Iversen.
Trailing 3-0, former City man Kelechi Iheanacho pulled one again for Leicester within the seventy fifth minute on an in any other case nightmarish afternoon for his or her interim supervisor Dean Smith, whose crew are nineteenth with 25 factors from 31 video games of their battle to keep away from relegation. They are two factors adrift of the security zone.
“There’s lots we can take,” Smith advised Sky Sports. “I’m obviously disappointed but a two-goal deficit to the best team in the world isn’t the end of the world.
“Our season will not be outlined right here, we now have a run of video games the place we now have to win matches.”
Leicester had a pair extra late scoring probabilities. City keeper Ederson stopped James Maddison’s level-clean shot after a one-on-one. Iheanacho’s lengthy shot in damage time clanged off the publish.