Man City player ratings vs Copenhagen: Erling Haaland just loves the Champions League! Norwegian bags again as holders stroll into quarter finals

Erling Haaland continued his Champions League odyssey with a customary goal as Manchester City swatted Copenhagen aside to win 3-1 and ease into the quarter-finals 6-2 on aggregate.

The Norwegian controlled a cross-field pass from Rodri to bulldoze his way past a defender and slot into the net just before half-time, grabbing his 41st goal in just 37 games in Europe’s elite competition. It was enough to put him in the top 20 all-time scorers in the Champions League, despite playing just his fifth season in it.

Haaland’s goal gave a much-changed City side an extra cushion in a pretty comfortable game after getting off to an ideal start thanks to a volley from Manuel Akanji. Julian Alvarez doubled their advantage with a fortuitous strike which went through the soft hands of Copenhagen goalkeeper Kamil Grabara

The Danes then scored the best goal of the game, Mohamed Elyounoussi playing a one-two off Orri Oskarsson and curling into the far corner to complete a sweeping counterattack. But Haaland, just as he had in the derby win over Manchester United, made it 3-1, which allowed his team-mates to ease up in the second half, knowing their place in the last-eight draw was assured. It also ensured Haaland joined Kylian Mbappe and Harry Kane on top of the competition’s scoring charts.

Manuel Akanji Manchester City 2023-24

Goalkeeper & Defence

Ederson (5/10):

Beaten with the first shot he faced but later blocked a stinging effort from Magnus Mattsson.

Rico Lewis (6/10):

He has had brighter displays, including in this competition, and got pushed about a bit.

Manuel Akanji (7/10):

Got the ball rolling with a clever volley from Alvarez’s corner, his fourth goal of the season. Switched to right-back when Stones entered.

Ruben Dias (7/10):

Commanded the defence astutely and was given an early rest for his efforts.

Josko Gvardiol (5/10):

Misplaced too many passes and Guardiola had a firm word with him during a pause in play. Not for the first time and unlikely to be the last.

Matheus Nunes Manchester City Copenhagen 2023-24


Matheus Nunes (6/10):

Rarely looked in trouble but doesn’t provide anything like the composure of Phil Foden or Bernardo Silva. Forced off with a painful-looking finger injury.

Rodri (7/10):

Bossed the midfield, played his part in two goals and then got a rest at half-time. Job done.

Mateo Kovacic (7/10):

Brushed off a nasty early challenge to take control of the game and took on more responsibility when Rodri came off.

Julian Alvarez Erling Haaland Manchester City 2023-24


Julian Alvarez (7/10):

Set up Akanji’s opener then scored his fifth Champions League goal of the season, albeit with a helping hand from Grabara.

Erling Haaland (7/10):

It was a quiet evening for the Norwegian compared with his five-goal salvo at this stage of last season’s competition but still got his customary goal, exhibiting his brute strength.

Oscar Bobb (7/10):

Another bright performance from a player who is doing exactly what his coach wants him to do and more.

Pep Guardiola Manchester City 2023-24

Subs & Manager

Sergio Gomez (5/10):

Got a rare 45 minutes but could not make it count, seeing little of the ball.

John Stones (6/10):

Replaced Dias midway through the second half and helped City keep control.

Micah Hamilton (5/10):

Replaced Haaland in the 74th minute but couldn’t add to the goals.

Jacob Wright (N/A):

Made his Champions League bow in the 87th minute.

Pep Guardiola (7/10):

Made seven changes to the team that beat United but his side still dominated.


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