Haaland Sets Premier League Record With Second Hat-trick

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Erling Haaland has scored his second hat-trick in the EPL after just five games for Manchester City as they romped to a 6-0 demolition of Taiwo Awoniyi’s Nottingham Forest.

 

The Norwegian also broke two Premier League records as he became the first player to score a hat-trick in the first half of a PL game and also the player to score the highest number of goals — 9 goals — in the month of August.

 

The former Bundesliga goal poacher scored in the 12th, 33rd and 38th minute in the first half to complete his second treble in two consecutive games.

 

Other goals from Manchester City came in the second half from Joao Cancelo who drove home from an exquisite Bernardo Silva’s pass.

 

Then summer signing and Haaland’s new strike partner, Julian Alvarez joined the party with a brace.

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 Norway international made it two hat-tricks in the space of five days – and a perfect one at that, with his right foot, left foot and head – in City’s latest statement victory.

 

Haaland now has nine goals in five Premier League games since joining City from Borussia Dortmund – the best start of any player in the competition’s history at this stage.

 

He surpassed the record of eight goals previously held by Micky Quinn and City great Sergio Aguero, the man he is effectively replacing at the Etihad Stadium.

 

The prolific striker is just the seventh player to score a hat-trick in back-to-back games in the competition and the first since Harry Kane did so for Tottenham in December 2017.

 

That accounts for 14 per cent of City’s games under the Catalan coach in the competition, with that tally more than twice as many as any other side over that period (Liverpool, 15).

 

The only side to have exceeded the 18 goals City have scored after five games of a Premier League season were Manchester United, who had 21 to their name at this stage 11 years ago.

 

It will be recalled that Guardiola had, at last season, expressed his intention to get a striker who could bang in goals like Aguero, and it seems with just five games into the EPL season he has the right peg to fit into that hole in Haaland who tops the premier league goalscorers chart with nine goals after just five games.

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