Haaland is bombing the Premier League. Guardiola: He has an incredible feeling for goals – ŠPORT.SK

yesterday 11:26 | Manchester City took care of the second highest win in this year’s English football Premier League on Wednesday. The reigning champions outclassed Nottingham Forest 6:0, and Erling Haaland scored three goals in the opponent’s net before the break. The teams met for the first time in 13 years, and the hosts did not let the newcomer do almost anything. Haaland netted the opening goal in the 13th minute when he changed the direction of a shot pass from Phil Foden from close range. Ten minutes later, the pair combined in the box to make it 2-0, and John Stones could have added the first goal of the season soon after, but he was offside. Haaland completed the hat trick with a header from close range. Even before the break, Julian Alvarez hit the left post from behind the penalty area. The Argentinian striker made up for it twice in the second act. First, he followed up Joao Cancelo’s accurate strike when Riyad Mahrez sent him the ball into free space, and finished the final 6-0 with a shot under the crossbar from inside the penalty area. “Citizens” thus achieved the highest victory over Nottingham in history, and this year only FC Liverpool was more dominant in results, which crushed Bournemouth 9:0. Pep Guardiola’s men won by a bigger margin in December over Leeds (7:0). “When City bought him, everyone talked about his past. He is trying to do the same here as in Norway, Austria and Germany. He is talented, we knew that,” Guardiola did not spare Haaland praise in an interview with the DPA agency. The young Norwegian is the first Premier League player with nine goals in five games and leads the scoring charts. “Julian is also great, we have two incredible gunners. They have an incredible feel for goals,” added Guardiola. Nottingham have four points to their credit and they also claimed a 1-0 win over West Ham. “Manchester City is an incredible team that plays in an incredible way and has excellent players, including Haaland. This opponent is not only strong in our league, but also on the world stage,” paid tribute to the home coach of the guests, Steve Cooper. However, he was looking for mistakes in his ranks: “Haaland is brilliant and I don’t want to take credit from him, but I think we could have done better with his goals. They were really cheap and set the pace for the rest of the game. But it doesn’t define our season, we have to move on and learn with.” Liverpool experienced another dramatic finish Liverpool continue to correct an embarrassing start to the year with two points in the opening three games. After a great win over Bournemouth, he also scored three points in a meeting with Newcastle United, which he defeated 2:1. Fabio Carvalho saved the triumph for the home team at the very end of extra time. In the first half, the home team mostly had the ball on their boots, but the visitors were more effective. The chance was first thrown away by Ryan Fraser, who aimed just above from outside the penalty area. On the other side, he beat the goalkeeper Luis Diaz, but quickly shot through the goal. Alexander Isak took care of the opening goal in the premiere in the new jersey, just a few hours after he received his work visa. Fraser sent the ball to him in the penalty area and the Swede finished at the right moment, shooting over the running Alisson when the goalkeeper got into a slip. Another goal, in which he went through two defenders, was not recognized by the VAR system for offside. The home side were able to respond after an hour, a clean four-pass move started by Alisson was finished off by Roberto Firmino following Mohamed Salah’s low pass. It was decided after a corner kick – the ball was in the air for a long time and it was received by Carvalho behind Nick Pope’s back, whose unexpected cannon shot from close range bounced into the net off the crossbar. “We weren’t very good at football. Newcastle managed to put us under pressure, they had to put a lot of effort into it and we saw it in the final minutes, when they couldn’t maintain that intensity anymore. But we should have played better,” said home coach Jürgen Klopp.