Holland reignites UCL goalscoring drought after six games 37th goal of his UCL career
Celebrates his victory with his blonde hair flying in front of manager Pep Guardiola
Manchester City’s (England) ‘special goalscorer’ Elling Holland has broken his ‘UCL goal
drought’ after six games in the UEFA Champions League (UCL).
Holland scored two goals, including a penalty kick, to lead City to a 3-1 victory over
Young Boys (Switzerland) in their 2023-2024 UCL Group G match at the Bockdorf
Stadium in Bern, Switzerland, on Saturday (June 26).
The win was City’s third straight in the group stage, extending their lead at the top of
the table and extending their unbeaten run in the UCL to 16 games (10 wins, 6 draws).
In second place is RB Leipzig (Germany, 6 points) with a 3-1 win over Hwang In-Beom’s Zvezda (Serbia, 1 point).
Zvezda and Young Boys (W1 D1 L4 G4 D4) are tied on points, goals for and goals
against, so Zvezda drops to last place on fair play points.
It was a return to form for Holland, who had been goal-silent for some time on the UCL stage.
After a goalless first half, City took the lead three minutes into the second half through Munuel Akinji.
After Javeng Dias’ header bounced off the crossbar after hitting the keeper’s hands,
Akinji slotted home with his right foot from in front of goal.
Young Boys equalized in the seventh minute of the second half when Meshaq Elia scored on the counter-attack.
Man City’s Elling Holland scores a wedge goal
At 1-1, it was Holland who stepped up to the plate.
Holland stepped up to take the penalty in the 22nd minute of the second half from a
Rodri penalty kick and scored with a powerful left-footed strike.
The penalty kick ended Holland’s recent six-match UCL goal drought.
Following last season’s UCL semifinals (two games) and final, Holland went scoreless
through the first and second rounds of this season’s group stage before ending his goal drought with the penalty kick.
Holland’s scoring didn’t end with a single goal.
He completed his hat-trick in the 41st minute of the second half, taking a pass from
Rodri, who had drawn the penalty, and finding the back of the net with an exquisite
right-footed curler from the edge of the penalty area.
Holland’s 37 career goals (33 games – 24 left-footed, nine right-footed and four
headers) for UCL take her to 20th on the club’s all-time goalscorers list.
The all-time UCL top scorer is Cristiano Ronaldo with 140 goals, followed by Lionel Messi with 129. 스포츠토토맨