Haaland’s hat-trick sees Manchester City back to 4-2 win over Palace

Erling Haaland may have been a bargain even at £100m, but costing Manchester City just north of £50m is a slightly ridiculous price in the inflated transfer market that is definitely ridiculous. The No.9 netted a scintillating 19-minute hat-trick that included the equalizer and victory-sealing goals as Pep Guardiola’s champions came from two behind for the fourth time in the last six games. competition.

The third Norwegian was greeted with jubilation and Guardiola delirium from a home crowd witnessing Haaland City’s first-ever strikes at the Etihad and capped off a superb fightback after Bernardo Silva led a second half with a strike out a.

Prior to that, Crystal Palace had actually beaten Ederson for the third time – to follow John Stones’ own goal and Joachim Anderson’s header. The City keeper rolled the ball straight to Jordan Ayew via a touch from Odsonne Édouard and Ayew found the net. However, referee Darren England awarded a foul – possibly against Edouard’s high leg – but VAR, at least, could have intervened as it looked legitimate.

Although neither Palace player complained, after three minutes they were delighted when Eberechi Eze fired a free kick into the box which ricocheted off Kevin De Bruyne, Kyle Walker and Stones before heading in. Guardiola responded by shaking his head. His side’s response was a ball-guarding phase that featured Walker as an inverted full-back and Haaland jumping in to misdirect a header from a corner.

City had their foot on the accelerator. The English referee dismissed a handball shout in Palace’s box and then João Cancelo found Riyad Mahrez who nodded towards Haaland who knocked down Marc Guéhi in front of goal. The referee awarded a foul for that and boos at home ensued as the Palace goalkeeper took his time for the restart.

When his side won the next one, they struck again, scoring twice from two set pieces from Eze: the No.10 tipped into a corner from the right and Walker and Haaland each allowed Andersen to get away. stand up freely to steer.

Pep Guardiola hugs Bernardo Silva after the player kicked off Manchester City's revival in the second half.
Pep Guardiola hugs Bernardo Silva after the player kicked off Manchester City’s revival in the second half. Photograph: Craig Brough/Reuters

At this point, City were toothless and needed cooler heads than Haaland showed when starting Andersen.

Wilfried Zaha’s absence from Vieira’s squad roster due to a knee problem had ruled out a repeat of him as the Palace wrecking ball he proved in the 2-0 win over last season here when the striker scored the opener, got Aymeric Laporte sent off and engineered the second.

Eze, however, was a willing assistant, troubling City’s backline when Palace used the same breakaway tactics. Mahrez orchestrated breaks in the opposite direction trying to force City’s contest way. The Algerian activated an extra push, passed Tyrick Mitchell and crossed from the right: Vicente Guaita stuck a glove on the ball and he escaped everyone in blue around him.

Within eight minutes of the restart, Silva, who picked up a wide pass from Rodri, snuck inside with Guéhi unable to intervene, and on shot saw Jeffrey Schlupp turn away and enter first from City via Palace’s No 15.

Erling Haaland leaps for joy after scoring his hat-trick and City's fourth goal to secure the game.
Erling Haaland leaps for joy after scoring his hat-trick and City’s fourth goal to secure the game. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA

The home crowd had stuck by them all afternoon and their first reward was followed by the sight of Silva’s extra magic as he bamboozled Eze, Guéhi and Schlupp before aiming slightly wide. The Portuguese, inevitably, was involved when City equalized. After another bob-and-weave, he tapped on an overlapping De Bruyne that shaped an arc ball that Julián Álvaraz, just as a substitute, sent Phil Foden. The chip on Haaland’s forehead was as perfect as the finish.

Foden, in one of Guardiola’s ever-intriguing tactical moves, was now at left-back in place of Cancelo, with De Bruyne filling the right-hand spot. Haaland’s second, which put City 3-2 up, completed a pinball-like streak that twice involved Silva and a scuffed Stones effort that sent the mortal 22-year-old home.

When Haaland came out towards the end, he deserved the standing ovation he received.

Haaland’s hat-trick sees Manchester City back to 4-2 win over Palace

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