Haaland soars for City in Champions League; Madrid, PSG win

Haaland soars for City in Champions League; Madrid, PSG win
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It was a 26th goal in just 21 Champions League games for Haaland, who has scored for City in six straight games and has a rate of better than a goal per game this season.

It was the Erling Haaland show in the Champions League even on a night when Paris Saint-Germain superstars Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappé and Neymar all scored in a comeback win.

Manchester City also trailed, deep into the game, at home Wednesday against Haaland’s former club Borussia Dortmund in a fascinating quick reunion for the prolific Norway prodigy.

The stage was set for Haaland to seal a 2-1 win after teammate John Stones leveled the game scoring with a stunning shot in the 80th minute.

Haaland rose to his challenge in the 84th when he met a high cross with a twisting leap and acrobatic volley to send goalward a ball that seemed to have passed him.

It was a 26th goal in just 21 Champions League games for Haaland, who has scored for City in six straight games and has a rate of better than a goal per game this season.

City’s late win restored some order on an evening when more upset results beckoned in a competition that has been more unpredictable this season.

Midway through the second half across Europe, City and Juventus were losing at home, Real Madrid was being held goalless at home and PSG was level in Israel after trailing.

Messi had tied the game for PSG before halftime at Maccabi Haifa but it took until the 69th for Mbappé to seize the lead and Neymar sealed a 3-1 victory in the 88th.