Champions League: Manchester City, Inter Milan Qualify For Quarter-Finals
Manchester City with the help of in-form Erling Haaland overturned a 1-1 draw in the first leg to qualify for the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday night.
Erling Haaland made headlines as he scored five goals in the Champions League game at the Etihad Stadium to hand Manchester City a massive 7-0 win over German side RB Leipzig.
The prolific Norwegian striker scored a hat-trick in the first half and then scored two more goals before the one-hour mark. With the five goals, Haaland’s total goals this season is 39 in all competitions.
Aside from the five goals from the 22-year-old Norwegian striker, Ilkay Gundogan and Kevin De Bruyne scored a goal each to seal the 7-0 victory.
Tuesday’s victory over Leipzig sealed Manchester City’s qualification to the next round of the Champions League campaign 8-1 on aggregate.
Inter Milan Scale through
Inter Milan qualified for the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time since 2011 when they ousted Porto in their last-16 clash 1-0 on aggregate.
The Italian side won 1-0 in the first leg at the San Siro and were able to frustrate their opponents in Portugal.
In the 0-0 second-leg draw, Mehdi Taremi struck the crossbar and then the post in stoppage time for Porto, who also had Brazilian winger Pepe sent off, in a frantic finish.
Away goalkeeper Andre Onana also made several key saves as Inter held on.
Porto, second in the Primeira Liga, was missing 40-year-old Portugal defender Pepe, a three-time Champions League winner with Real Madrid, while midfielder Otavio was suspended after his red card for two bookable offenses in the first game.
The hosts had the majority of the first-half opportunities, but Mateus Uribe’s 25-yard shot was stopped by a great save from Onana.
Taremi also curled a shot wide, Evanilson saw his effort stopped by Federico Dimarco’s great sliding challenge and Stephen Eustaquio was unable to get a touch on an attractive low cross.