The third week of March saw the last of the knockout stages of the Champions League (C1), Europa League (C3) and Conference League (C4) making their verdicts. Discover the three lessons of this European week.
1- Erling Haaland and Manchester City without mercy
If some doubt after the lottery waived by the citizen Leipzig In the first leg of the knockout stages of the Champions League, Pep Guardiola’s men quickly set the record straight. Manchester City shone in European Week with a 7-0 win over RB Leizpig at Etihad Stadium. In a one-sided rematch, the Sky Blues dominated the encounter. With 62% possession, 22 shots of which 15 were on target and only one shot, Manchester City were tough.
One player was above the rest: the Norwegian Erling Halland. While he had already scored 5 goals this season in European competition, the number 9 decided to double his personal counter. In 57 minutes of play, he gave himself a paltry 5 goals. It equals Louis Adriano And Lionel Messi The number of goals in the same UEFA Champions League match. The record could have been broken with a sixth goal, however Pep Guardiola I decided to release Evening Star after an hour of playing.
With this XXL size performance and this quintuple doubling, Erling Haaland (10 goals) is the Champions League’s top scorer this season. And the Norwegian scored him Achievement 39 in 36 sessions All competitions combined.
2- Arsenal were eliminated from the European League by Sporting Portugal
This is the surprise of the European week: Arsenal will not be in the quarter-finals of the Europa League. After a 2-2 draw in Portugal, Mikel Arteta’s men Eliminated by Sporting Portugal on penalties (3-5) after a match that ended 1-1. The match started well at the Emirates Stadium with the first goal from Shaka Granite 19 minutes later. Arsenal lead in the first half, but the Lisbon club woke up in the second half. After inspiration from the midfield Pedro Goncalves In the 62nd minute, Sporting equalized.
Both teams went to overtime and then into a penalty shootout. The Portuguese scored five unplayable goals from the penalty spot. that it Gabriel Martinelli Who failed on the Arsenal side and who offers qualification to the Lions.
3- Nice, France’s only hope for European competition
Good news from France: Nice continues its European adventure in the Conference League (C4). Les Aiglons won 3-1 at home against Sheriff Tiraspol. While OGC took a slight lead with a 2-1 win in Moldova, it left no chance for its opponent. at the half hour mark, Jetan Laborde Came to open the registry. Upon his return from the locker room, it is Terim Movie Who makes the fraction (53′). Immediate response from Sheriff Tiraspol, who stays in the match with the score loweredAbdul Tapsoba (54′).
We’ll have to wait until the 79th minute to see Bilal Ibrahimi He scored the third goal for Nice. 4-1 on aggregate in favor of OGC Nice, who go on to the quarter-finals. Aiglons has a good dynamic, having not lost for 12 consecutive meetings.