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Man City player ratings vs Copenhagen: Erling Haaland just loves the Champions League! Norwegian bags again as holders stroll into quarter finals

Erling Haaland continued his Champions League odyssey with a customary goal as Manchester City swatted Copenhagen aside to win 3-1 and ease into the quarter-finals 6-2 on aggregate.

The Norwegian controlled a cross-field pass from Rodri to bulldoze his way past a defender and slot into the net just before half-time, grabbing his 41st goal in just 37 games in Europe's elite competition. It was enough to put him in the top 20 all-time scorers in the Champions League, despite playing just his fifth season in it.

Haaland's goal gave a much-changed City side an extra cushion in a pretty comfortable game after getting off to an ideal start thanks to a volley from Manuel Akanji. Julian Alvarez doubled their advantage with a fortuitous strike which went through the soft hands of Copenhagen goalkeeper Kamil Grabara.

The Danes then scored the best goal of the game, Mohamed Elyounoussi playing a one-two off Orri Oskarsson and curling into the far corner to complete a sweeping counterattack. But Haaland, just as he had in the derby win over Manchester United, made it 3-1, which allowed his team-mates to ease up in the second half, knowing their place in the last-eight draw was assured. It also ensured Haaland joined Kylian Mbappe and Harry Kane on top of the competition's scoring charts.

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