Champions League: Manchester City cruise to Champions League quarters, Haaland on fire

Manchester City strolled into the Champions League quarter-finals, brushing aside FC Copenhagen 6-2 on aggregate after a comfortable 4-1 second-leg win at the Etihad. This extends their remarkable European home unbeaten streak to a staggering 30 games (28 wins, 2 draws).

Carrying a two-goal advantage from Denmark, Pep Guardiola’s men wasted no time stamping their authority. Manuel Akanji headed home from a corner in the opening minutes, followed by a powerful long-range strike from Julián Álvarez that squirmed past the Copenhagen goalkeeper.

Copenhagen briefly threatened a comeback when Mohamed Elyounoussi finished off a slick counter-attack, but just before half-time, Erling Haaland silenced their hopes with a clinical finish after a pinpoint pass from Rodri.

The second half was a breeze for City, with Copenhagen struggling to create clear opportunities. Haaland and his teammates continued to press, but substitute Magnus Mattsson and Elyounoussi failed to convert their chances.

Guardiola used the closing stages to rest key players ahead of their crucial Premier League clash with Liverpool on Sunday. The victory extends City’s unbeaten run in all competitions to 19 games, while Copenhagen remain winless in eight visits to England.

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