Haaland show, Guardiola reveals reason for substitution

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The Norwegian was replaced in the 63rd minute of play.

Haaland made history against Leipzig. The phenomenal Manchester City striker scored five goals, as did Messi and Luiz Adriano. However, unbelievable but true, he might have even done better if Guardiola had not taken him off the field in the 63rd minute of the game, then with still so much to play for and, consequently, more opportunities to increase his personal goal haul.

The City coach thus explained the decision to take off his top player and thus prevent him from trying to break Messi and Luiz Adriano’s record: “He is very young and this must be one more reason to break Messi’s record,” his words reported by Marca. Many have criticized Guardiola’s choice. Haaland seemed to be on one of those nights when nothing and no one could stop him. The record was within reach.

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