Erling Haaland matches record set by Harry Kane as Man City boost Premier League hopes with Brentford win

Erling Haaland matches record set by Harry Kane as Man City boost Premier League hopes with Brentford win

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Jack Otway

By Jack Otway

Published: 21/02/2024

- 08:08

The Norway international netted the only goal of the game at the Etihad Stadium

Erling Haaland has matched a record set by Harry Kane after Manchester City beat Brentford in their Premier League clash on Tuesday night.

The visitors were stubborn throughout the match at the Etihad Stadium, thwarting City for the most part.

But Haaland finally broke the deadlock in the 71st minute, with the 23-year-old sparking wild celebrations around the ground in the process.

It was a deserved win for City, despite Brentford's bravery, with Pep Guardiola's side hoping to win the Premier League title for the fourth year running.

Erling Haaland Man City Brentford

Erling Haaland was the difference as Man City beat Brentford to boost their hopes of Premier League title glory


And Haaland has now matched a record set by Kane after scoring his 22nd goal of the campaign.

The Norway international has now scored against every team he's faced with 21 goals against 21 teams.

Kane's record is still superior, however, given the Bayern Munich hitman netted against 32 teams during his spell at Tottenham.

Haaland had gone into the match looking to regain his mojo, having toiled during Saturday night's frustrating 1-1 draw against Chelsea.

He missed several big chances during that showdown, looking visibly annoyed at full time in the aftermath.

But Haaland's goal has boosted City's hopes of securing title glory for the fourth year in a row, something no English side has ever done.

The result at the Etihad means Guardiola's team are now up to second in the standings, just a point behind Liverpool.

They're next in action against Bournemouth on Saturday night, with the Cherries seeking a return to form after four matches without a win.

Guardiola, speaking to the BBC, admitted he was happy to win the match.

But the Spaniard expects Arsenal and Liverpool to 'be there at the end', insisting his rivals will last the course.

"It was difficult and always will be against Thomas [Frank]," he said.

"We made a good first half, the second was not so good. We were patient and we didn't concede much.

"If someone doubts Erling [Haaland] then he will do his job. You make a mistake. He's an incredible player.

"It's a long way. Still many games. Of course, it's better to win. We missed the opportunity against Chelsea.

"I'm so proud of the team. We are closer but we are in the real part of the season. Tough, tough games in this period. We are there.


Harry Kane

Erling Haaland has emulated Harry Kane by scoring the winner for Man City against Brentford


"I think three teams maybe and add someone in the next weeks, I don't know.

"I'm pretty sure Arsenal and Liverpool will be there at the end."

Brentford boss Thomas Frank, meanwhile, said his side were 'perfect but unlucky' as they slumped to defeat.

"We were perfect, we were just unlucky. The players deserve so much praise for a top defensive performance," the Dane stated.

"We only gave two chances away before the goal. We were very good defensively.

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Erling Haaland celebrates scoring the only goal of the game in Man City's Premier League win over Brentford


"I thought we really created some dangerous situations that lacked the final spark.

"The Wolves game was very good defensively in many ways. We needed the top level again defensively so we stepped forward. We are back on track I would say.

"We can't give Erling Haaland a chance like this. We kept him quiet besides that."

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