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In one moment of pace and power, Haaland shows why he is most-wanted

But there was no doubting who was the main attraction in this Champions League quarter-final first leg – Aguero’s would-be heir-apparent.

The race to sign Erling Haaland has already begun, with his representatives meeting with potential buyers in recent days. 

Nothing the Borussia Dortmund striker did in this match was going to lessen the clamour for his signature this summer – but it was a chance to make a statement at the home of the best team in English football, possibly Europe. 

Dortmund were the rank outsiders to progress from this tie. The only hope for the Germans was based around the threat posed by their centre forward. That is how good Haaland is – how much menace there is in his boots. 

City are cantering towards a third league title in four years – a possible quadruple – yet the goal-machine who supported them as a child and is wanted by Manchester United, Chelsea, Barcelona and Real Madrid is seen as a leveller. 

The issue was always going to be whether Dortmund could get the ball to him. 

When they did – just after half time – we witnessed precisely what all the fuss is about. 

Ruben Dias had a good five or six yards on Haaland when the ball was slipped behind the City defender to chase. Haaland made up the ground with about two strides of his telescopic legs. 

Still, Dias had his body between the ball and the striker.

Haaland had passed the test of speed. Now for the question of strength, which was quickly answered as Dias was left in a heap when shoulder-barged to the ground. 

It felt like there would be only result as he took the ball onto his left foot and fired low – but Ederson had not read the script, saving with his legs.

Even still, the collective gasp from inside the Etihad spoke volumes as to what they had just witnessed. 

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