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City Beats Luton In FA Cup


Erling Haaland showcased his prowess thanks to his eighth hat-trick for Manchester City, taking his individual tally to five goals in a dominant 6-2 win over Luton Town, taking Pep Guardiola's side into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

City Dominoes With Haaland

Despite struggling to regain his best form after a recent foot injury, the Norwegian sensation proved unstoppable at Kenilworth Road, securing his hat-trick before the break.

Luton responded with an exceptional goal from Jordan Clark, and hopes of a comeback intensified when Clark scored again at the start of the second half. However, City shifted into a higher gear, led by Haaland's fourth goal and an impressive fourth assist from commanding Kevin De Bruyne.

The formidable No. 9 equaled his previous record, having scored five goals against RB Leipzig in the Champions League last season. The evening's spectacle reached its climax with a remarkable goal from Mateo Kovacic, sparking the fans' enthusiasm.

Despite leaving Rodri and Phil Foden on the bench, Pep Guardiola put together a formidable City lineup, transitioning smoothly into his attacking strategy.

Manuel Akanji and Matheus Nunes displayed impressive ball carrying skills, culminating in De Bruyne assisting Haaland for an easy finish.

This was the start of a masterful performance as Haaland showed strength, beating Teden Mengi to convert De Bruyne's pass in the 19th minute, doubling the lead to 2-0.

Luton goalkeeper Tim Krul showed resilience, denying Haaland on multiple occasions, including a smart double save against attempts from Haaland and De Bruyne following John Stones' raid from defense.

The dynamic duo, however, quickly bounced back, with De Bruyne notching his third assist, delivering a sublime pass for Haaland to execute a delightful finish.

The only setback for City in the first half was an injury to Jack Grealish.

City Continued to Dominate in the Second Half

Luton, spurred on by Clark's brilliant shot into the top corner, injected hope. City's sloppy play around their box allowed Ross Barkley to set up Clark for another emphatic effort shortly after the restart.

City, relying on the De Bruyne-Haaland connection, responded quickly as Walker's accurate pass facilitated an easy tap-in for Haaland.

Haaland continued his onslaught, beating Krul with a shot, concluding De Bruyne's run of assists with Bernardo Silva's pass.

Defensively, Morris and Barkley tested City goalkeeper Stefan Ortega, while Townsend's volley was barely off target.

Undaunted, City resumed their attacking display, with Krul saving a shot from Grealish substitute Jeremy Doku before Kovacic sealed the show with a superb long-range strike.

Erling Haaland made history by scoring five goals against Luton, equaling his previous best performance in senior soccer and recalling his iconic nine-goal performance at the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

The milestone marked his eighth hat-trick for City, his first outside the Etihad Stadium, and his 19th career match ball.

Haaland, the first player in City's history to score five goals in two different games, cements his place in soccer history.

Luton becomes his 29th opponent in 32 appearances for City in a performance that recalls feats of the past, almost a century after the last time someone scored five goals in an FA Cup match for the club, achieved by Frank Roberts in 1926.

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