Manchester City mounted a guard of honor for Erling Haaland after Premier League victory over West Ham, MySportDab reports.
The Citizens survived West Ham first-half scare to put three pass the London club at Etihad in the second half to return to the Premier League top.
After a barren first-half draw, Nathan Ake put Manchester City ahead in the 50th minute before Erling Haaland doubled the lead in the 70th minute.
Late in the 85th minute, Phil Foden sank West Ham as Manchester City ran out 3-0 to overtake Arsenal on the Premier League summit.
Erling Haaland was once again on the limelight after he netted Manchester City’s second goal in the game.
His second goal saw him overtake Andre Cole and Alan Shearer in single-season goal scoring stakes.
The goal saw him pass Andrew Cole’s and Alan Shearer’s 42-goal record in a single Premier League season.
After overtaking the two Premier League legends on the Premier all-time highest scorers chart in a single season, Manchester City celebrated his feat right on the pitch after the game with a mischievous guard of honor.
In a video, available at the end of this post, Manchester City players and staff lineup up as they waited for Erling Haaland to run through the guard of honor prepared for him.
As Erling Haaland was timidly trying to make his way through, Manchester City players playfully greeted him with slaps as he ran through with smiles.
After running through the guard honor, Haaland could be seen rubbing his hands on his back as if was trying to do away with the pain from the slaps.
It was a joyous moment for the club and Erling with such an incredible feat for Manchester City and his career in his debut season in the Premier League.
Speaking after the game, Erling Haaland said the night was a special night for him and he is happy at what he has achieved with Manchester City.
There are projections Erling Haaland may likely break the oldest and untouched goal tally in football which was set by Dixie Dean in 1927/28 season.
Dixie Dean scored scored a record 63 goals for Everton in 1927/28, and Erling Haaland is now just 12 goals away having nudged 51 goals already.
— Jack Gaughan (@Jack_Gaughan) May 3, 2023