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Erling Haaland joined an exclusive club of players to score five goals in a Champions League game on Tuesday night. Only two stars had achieved the feat before Haaland bagged five in an incredible 35-minute spell during Manchester City’s European clash with RB Leipzig. 

Surprisingly, Champions League record scorer Cristiano Ronaldo is not one of them. Instead, Lionel Messi and Brazilian journeyman striker Luiz Adriano are the one players to have struck five times in a single Champions League outing. 

Haaland became the third player to manage the feat as City smashed RB Leipzig in the second leg of their last-16 tie. The prolific Norwegian struck his first from the penalty spot in the 22nd minute and never looked back before his substitution on the hour-mark.

The 22-year-old helped himself to a hat-trick before half-time. First, he headed home after Kevin De Bruyne had hit the crossbar. Haaland then closed down Amadou Haidara’s goal-line clearance to score his third goal of the evening. 

Two more goals came after half-time. Haaland netted the rebound after having his initial effort saved, before lashing home his fifth from a set-piece. For good measure, Haaland briefly allowed someone else to take the acclaim when Ilkay Gundogan scored in the 6-0 romp. 


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