Digimagaz.com – Manchester City remains unbeaten in the Premier League as Erling Haaland’s stellar performance led the team to a 5-1 victory against Fulham this Saturday. The win was marred by a contentious first-half goal that sparked heated protests from Fulham.
Erling Haaland’s achievement was especially notable, as it came just two days after he was crowned the UEFA player of the year. He scored thrice in the second half, assisting City in pulling ahead of Fulham, a team that recently drew against Arsenal and ousted Tottenham from the League Cup.
The controversy arose from a disputed goal scored by Nathan Ake, which many claimed was offside due to the position of Manuel Akanji. Fulham’s manager, Marco Silva, was particularly vocal about the decision. “It’s clear it’s a huge mistake,” said Silva, adding that only those who “never play football and don’t understand nothing about football can say that player does not have an influence on the goalkeeper’s decision.”
The heated debates reached a crescendo when Silva received his fourth yellow card of the season from Referee Michael Oliver. Despite the lengthy protests and the VAR review which upheld the goal, the decision stood.
The first half saw Julian Alvarez, aided by Haaland, secure a lead for Manchester City. This was, however, short-lived as Fulham’s Tim Ream soon equalized.
Any contention from the first half was overshadowed by City’s dominance post the break. Haaland showcased his skills by scoring just before the hour, successfully converting a penalty, and sealing his hat trick in the injury time with assistance from Sergio Gomez.
The match solidified Manchester City’s strong start to the season and showcased Haaland’s prowess on the field, yet the controversial goal will likely remain a talking point for days to come.