Erling Haaland has broken the Premier League record for goals in a season, scoring his 35th goal to surpass the previous record set by Andy Cole and Alan Shearer. Manchester City returned to the top of the standings with a 3-0 win over West Ham, with Haaland spearheading the assault for a potential Treble.
Haaland sets new Premier League goals record in City’s win over West Ham
Erling Haaland’s brilliant chip over West Ham goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski 20 minutes from time gave him 35 Premier League goals this season, shattering the record held by Andy Cole and Alan Shearer. With nine games remaining, the Norwegian striker is presently on 51 goals in all competitions, just 12 below Dixie Dean’s all-time English record.
City return to top of the table with ninth successive league win
Manchester City won their eighth league game in a row thanks to Haaland’s latest strike, with Nathan Ake and Phil Foden also scoring against a depleted West Ham side. Despite missing three key players due to illness, West Ham only managed one shot on goal and were unable to breach City’s defence.
City’s victory sees them return to the top of the table, one point ahead of Arsenal with a game in hand. They are now chasing a Treble of the Champions League, Premier League, and FA Cup, with Haaland at the head of their challenge.
Haaland’s goal was a chip over the West Ham goalie, sandwiched between Ake’s set-piece header and Foden’s deflected volley. Despite a tense first half, City remained patient and never looked threatened, eventually breaking through after halftime and cruising to victory.
Manchester City will host Leeds United on Saturday, while Arsenal will travel to third-place Newcastle the following day. City still has a game in hand, and their UEFA Champions League semi-final series against Real Madrid begins on Tuesday in Spain.
With eight goals in his last six league games, Haaland’s amazing form has been a driving force behind City’s success this season. City are just 12 points away from winning their third title in a row and fifth in six seasons under manager Pep Guardiola. Guardiola joined City’s players and backroom staff in forming a guard of honour for Haaland as he made his way off the pitch, acknowledging his historic achievement.