Haaland breaks another record as Man City move second

28 Dec 2022
Erling Haaland

Norwegian takes season's tally to 20 goals in 14 matches as Pep Guardiola's side beat Leeds 3-1

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Erling Haaland's second-half double sent Manchester City back into second place as they completed a 3-1 victory at Leeds United.

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City were dominant in the first half, with the visitors' 16 shots to Leeds' one telling the tale of the match. But it took until added time at the end of the opening period to break the deadlock, when Rodri prodded the ball past Illan Meslier, after the French goalkeeper had denied Riyad Mahrez.

Haaland took centre stage after the break, adding his 19th goal of the season on 51 minutes after Jack Grealish had teed him up for a tap-in.

Grealish was again the provider for Haaland's second on 64 minutes, the Norwegian scoring his 20th goal in only 14 Premier League matches, beating Kevin Phillips by seven matches to become the fastest player to reach that mark in the competition.

Pascal Struijk pulled a goal back for Leeds with 17 minutes remaining, but City held firm for the three points.

City move five points behind leaders Arsenal, while Leeds remain in 15th place on 15 points, two clear of the relegation zone.

Premier League top three

Position Pos Club Played Pl GD Points Pts
1 Manchester City MCI 38 +61 89
2 Arsenal ARS 38 +45 84
3 Manchester United MUN 38 +15 75
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