Manchester City secured their place in the UEFA Champions League last 16 with a 3-0 victory over Young Boys, thanks to Erling Haaland’s brace and Phil Foden’s outstanding goal. In Group G, Manchester City has a perfect record in their four matches. However, they are still in competition with RB Leipzig, who secured qualification with a 2-1 victory over Crvena Zvezda (Red Star Belgrade) on Tuesday.
Erling Haaland scored two goals, leading Manchester City to a convincing 3-0 victory over Young Boys, securing their spot in the UEFA Champions League last 16.
There were doubts about the Norwegian striker’s availability for the weekend return against Bournemouth after he left the game early, but he showed no signs of any issues as he converted a penalty in the 23rd minute to start the scoring.
The home team was completely comfortable, and their advantage doubled just before halftime when Phil Foden attacked from the right before calmly placing a low shot into the far corner.
Haaland added his second shot of the night just after the halftime break with a 25-yard bullet, taking his campaign tally to 15.
Young Boys’ misery was compounded a few moments later when Sandro Lauper received a second yellow card, reducing them to 10 men.
Manchester City had the opportunity to extend their lead, but they couldn’t find the net in the final half-hour.
The result means that Citizens qualify from Group J with two games remaining. If they avoid a home defeat against RB Leipzig at 5 pm on the match day, they will confirm their top spot.
Following this, Manchester City will face Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday. Young Boys will host Luzern in the Swiss Super League on Saturday.