Manchester City’s Erling Haaland found himself in an amusing situation during their Champions League clash against Young Boys on Tuesday night as an opponent requested his jersey at halftime.
Despite being a doubt for the match due to a knock he picked up in City’s previous 6-1 victory over Bournemouth, Haaland was in the starting XI for the European encounter.
In a remarkable performance, the Norwegian striker scored a brace, leading the English giants to a convincing 3-0 victory against the Swiss side at the Etihad Stadium.
Haaland opened the scoring with a penalty in the 23rd minute, and Phil Foden doubled the advantage just before halftime. Haaland completed his brace in the 51st minute, and Young Boys’ woes increased when Sandro Lauper received a red card in the 53rd minute.
However, one unexpected moment stood out during the game. Young Boys’ defender, Mohamed Ali Camara, made the surprising move of asking for Haaland’s shirt during the match. It appeared that Camara wanted to secure Haaland’s jersey, perhaps fearing that the striker wouldn’t return to the pitch after City had established a commanding lead.
Camara’s unusual request left Haaland bemused at first, but he ultimately agreed to the plea, shaking his head before handing his jersey to the Guinea international.
You've got to take your chances if you want Erling Haaland's shirt 😅
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The amusing incident added a lighthearted touch to an otherwise impressive victory for Manchester City.
The 23-year-old has now scored four goals in four Champions League appearances in the ongoing season and a total of 38 in 34 games in the competition placing him in the top 20 scorers of all time.