Norwegian forward Erling Haaland continued his assault on the record books as Manchester City beat Leeds United 3-1 on Wednesday, December 28th, 2022 for the Citizens to move into second in the Premier League.
Erling Haaland, who was born in Leeds while his father played for the club scored his 19th and 20th Premier League goals of the season at Elland Road making him the first in league history to reach that mark before January.
Haaland’s 20 goals in 14 games makes him the fastest player to the 20-goal mark in a single season, besting Sunderland’s Kevin Phillips by seven games.
Haaland’s father Alfie Haaland took 181 Premier League appearances to score 18 goals in the competition, but his son needed just 14 to overtake him
Rodri’s goal on the stroke of half-time gave City the breakthrough and Haaland registered on the scoresheet twice in the second half.
Indonesia born and former Dutch under 17 international Pascal Struijk grabbed a consolation for Leeds in the 73rd minute but the game was out of reach for the hosts, who finished the day in 15th place on 15 points..
The victory helped move Pep Guardiola’s side to 35 points from 15 matches this season, five behind leaders Arsenal.
Next up for Man City is a home game against Everton on New Year’s Eve, while Leeds travel to St James’ Park on the same day for a match with third-placed Newcastle United.