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Erling Braut Haaland stars in Manchester City’s 3-1 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion

Erling Braut Haaland bagged a brace as Manchester City secured a 3-1 victory against Brighton & Hove Albion at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

The Cityzens entered the match on the back of a disappointing 1-0 defeat at Liverpool, but they bounced back to collect three points from the home encounter. 

Haaland broke the deadlock after 22 minutes, finding the back of the net after shoulder-barging Adam Webster to the floor.  

The Norway international soon fired another from the penalty spot after Lewis Dunk tripped Bernardo Silva. 

However, Brighton improved in the second half and pulled a goal back through Leandro Trossard, who rifled his shot in at the near post. 

The Seagulls pushed for an equaliser, but their hopes were ended by Kevin De Bruyne who scored a magnificent long-range goal in the 75th-minute. 

Haaland is unstoppable

The 22-year-old has been brilliant since joining City from Borussia Dortmund in the summer. 

He has scored goals in almost every game, no matter the opposition. The Norwegian’s brace against Brighton has taken his Premier League goals tally to an incredible 17 in just 11 matches. 

Haaland is the odds-on favourite to win the 2022 Golden Boot. His nearest rival for the award Harry Kane has scored only nine goals while Ivan Toney is close behind with eight. 

At this rate, Haaland could also break Mohamed Salah’s 32 goals record set during the 2017-18 season. 

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