It’s Haaland on the grandest stage!

By Razeen Gutta

Erling Haaland turned up when it mattered most for Manchester City’s title aspirations, netting twice in a 2-0 win away at Tottenham Hotspur.

The Citizens will kick off the final day of the Premier League campaign at home from the head of the table.

Pep Guardiola’s side will know that a win against West Ham United will be enough for them to win a record fourth successive crown.

With the hopes of all of North London on Spurs, Ange Postecoglou’s troops just could not take their chances — bringing an end to their dreams of Uefa Champions League football next season.

Despite keeping more of the ball and matching City for chances created, Spurs failed to score.

The visitors, on the other hand, got the breakthrough after Kevin de Bruyne laid a silver platter for a Haaland tap in five minutes into the second half.

The Belgian overtook Cesc Fabregas to go up into second on the list of all-time assist getters in the competition.

The champions showed that they have no reliance on specific players, too, as substitute goalkeeper Stefan Ortega came off the bench to make a phenomenal save from Son Heung Min with four minutes of regular time to play.

In stoppage time, Haaland found the target from the penalty spot, meaning that he has now scored 63 goals in 65 league appearances; the most by any player in his first two seasons in the competition.

The result leaves the champions in pole position to snatch the title again, while Arsenal will be on standby when they play Everton with the hope of a City slip.

Spurs’ loss also means that Aston Villa will play Champions League football next year regardless of what happens on the final day.

Pictured above: Erling Haaland in full flight.

Image source: @premierleague

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