Manchester City secured their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League after a 3-0 win over Young Boys from Switzerland. The win makes City only the fourth defending champions of the trophy to win four of their group-stage matches. They now progress to the knockout stages for the 11th consecutive season.
Erling Haaland was once again the star of the night, leading City to a comfortable victory. He increased his goal tally to 15 in 17 appearances this season with a first-half penalty and a stunning second goal shortly after the halftime break. Despite overcoming an ankle issue, Haaland was included in the starting lineup by Pep Guardiola.
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Manchester City controlled possession and created numerous scoring opportunities. Rico Lewis, one of the six changes made by Guardiola, came close to scoring, but his shot was cleared off the line. Young Boys goalkeeper Anthony Racioppi then made a crucial double save, first denying Kyle Walker from a free-kick and then reacting swiftly to prevent Phil Foden from scoring.
City eventually broke the deadlock when Matheus Nunes was fouled inside the penalty box. Then, Haaland stepped up to convert the spot-kick. Just before halftime, the defending champions seized control as Foden scored a superb goal. He received a pass from Jack Grealish, dribbled around a Young Boys defender, and calmly slotted the ball into the bottom-left corner.
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Six minutes into the second half, Haaland sealed the victory with a fine finish into the top corner. City then eased off the gas as they comfortably progressed to the last 16 of the Champions League. This is the 11th consecutive season, as they secured their 100th win in European matches.
Manchester United at risk of Champions League elimination
Meanwhile, Manchester United suffered suffered a painful 3-4 defeat to Copenhagen. United now face the daunting task of reaching the last 16 of the Champions League. They currently sit at the bottom of Group A with only two matches remaining. If they lose to Galatasaray in three weeks’ time, they will be eliminated from the competition.