Manchester City fans have been raving about Erling Haaland this season – and not just for his goalscoring exploits.
The unstoppable forward helped himself to another two goals in City’s 5-0 demolition of FC Copenhagen in the Champions League on Wednesday night. Haaland netted with his first touch at the Etihad Stadium, sweeping home from Joao Cancelo’s cross, and added another when he pounced on the rebound following Sergio Gomez’s powerful volley.
It was ultimately a frustrating end to the night for Haaland, though, as he ended up being substituted at half-time before he could complete his hat-trick in the one-sided Group G clash. But fans were left purring after noticing Haaland’s intervention to help out referee Donatas Rumsas just seconds before his second goal.
In the build-up to goal, the Lithuanian official dropped his vanishing foam, which referees now regularly use to mark out how far away opposition players must stand at free-kicks. Haaland appears to notice this and ran out of the penalty area to pick up the can before throwing it back to Rumsas.
Just over a minute later, Haaland poked home after Copenhagen goalkeeper Kamil Grabara spilled Gomez’s effort from the edge of the box right into the path of the Norwegian forward.
Fans were quick to spot Haaland’s intervention to help the referee on Reddit. Here’s what they had to say: