Erling Haaland needed just 45 minutes to add two more goals to a great start to his Manchester City career as the English giants beat FC Copenhagen 5-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday. .
Haaland has now scored 19 goals in 11 games for City, missing out on a fourth hat-trick in five home games after Pep Guardiola rested in the second half.
City were already 3-0 at half-time as the Norwegian swept home twice from close range before David Cocholava deflected Sergio Gómez’s shot into his own goal.
Riyad Mahrez took advantage of Haaland’s absence to score their first goal of the season from the penalty spot before Julian Alvarez rounded out the scoring.
With maximum points in their first three games, City are on track to reach the last 16 and will qualify for two more games with a win in the Danish capital in six days’ time.
Copenhagen have been struggling in the midfield in the domestic league, and manager Jacob Niestrup’s second game came to the Etihad with damage limits in mind.
But for Copenhagen goalkeeper Kamil Grabara, City could easily surpass the six goals they beat Manchester United on Sunday.
Haaland had just 11 touches before being substituted at half-time, four of which were on target.
Guardiola said before the game that the 22-year-old is unparalleled at his age, even among the game’s greats.
Haaland Cooley scored his 27th Champions League goal in 22 appearances after a Joao Cancelo cross.
Grabara then made a spectacular save to hold off Bernardo Silva, Haaland and Jack Grealish.
But Haaland, predictably, was in the perfect place to pounce on the rebound when he dodged a Gomez shot in the 32nd minute.
The Spanish full-back’s other shot was on goal and hit the ill-fated Cocoraba and bounced into his own goal.
With points safely secured, Guardiola had the opportunity to withdraw Haaland with 10 games left before the World Cup was suspended just over a month.
Young stars Rico Ruiz and Joshua Wilson Esbrand made their Champions League debuts off the bench, with Cancello and Silva also given a breather.
However, City added two more goals in the second period, with Mahrez answering Guardiola’s call for the Algerian to return to its best form.
Mahrez sent Glavala the wrong way from the penalty spot after Aymeric Laporte was brought down.
He then became Alvarez’s creator, scoring his first Champions League goal with a simple finish from close range.