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Erling Braut Haaland breaks Premier League goal record as Man City beat West Ham 3-0

Manchester City striker Erling Braut Haaland became the highest-ever goal scorer in a single Premier League campaign this evening.

The Norwegian scored his 35th league goal of the campaign as City beat West Ham United at the Etihad Stadium.

Haaland only needed 31 games to break the previous record of 34 goals set by Andy Cole (1993/94) and Alan Shearer (1994/95).

West Ham held Man City in the first half, but the champions stepped things up after the break.

Nathan Ake scored from a Riyad Mahrez free-kick to break the deadlock, before Haaland grabbed the second.

Jack Grealish released the 22-year-old, who raced clear before deftly chipping Lukasz Fabianki. Phil Foden netted the third.

The strike was Haaland’s 51st goal in all competitions, and no Premier League player has ever scored more in a single campaign.

Before today’s game, West Ham boss David Moyes said there is no answer to Haaland.

Haaland continues to obliterate several scoring records in his debut campaign in the England top flight.

His teammates and coaches gave him a guard of honour following his achievement today.

If he picks up some silverware at the end of the campaign, he will be one of the favourites for the Ballon d’Or.

He will likely compete with Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe for the prestigious award.

Following the 3-0 win over the Hammers today, City returned to the top of the league table. They are on 79 points and lead Arsenal by a point despite playing a game less.

With five games left, many people are backing the Pep Guardiola-led side to hold the top spot until the last day. They are mentally strong and have experience with this pressure.

They will face Manchester United in the FA Cup final and Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final. They can claim a historic treble if everything goes their way.

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