FA Cup: Erling Haaland scores five in 6-2 Luton thumping

The FA Cup witnessed the sublime form of Manchester City talisman Erling Haaland, as one of the best in the world roared back to form with a five-goal salvo as Manchester City thumped Luton Town 6-2 at Kenilworth Road to reach the quarterfinals.

The Norwegian single-handedly took the game away from Luton, who had no reply and bagged his eighth hat-trick for Manchester city.

Haaland got a hat-trick before halftime and then scored twice more after the break to kill off a stirring Luton revival.

Kevin De Bruyne had a large part in setting up the 23-year-old Haaland’s first four goals.

Mateo Kovacic also got on the scoresheet for holders Manchester City, who are unbeaten in 18 games in all competitions.

Jordan Clark gave a spark of hope for Luton and found the top corner with a sublime effort on the stroke of halftime and got the net again early in the second half to make it 3-2.

But Haaland instantly found another gear that showed why he is currently the best in the business now.

Haaland became the first top-flight player to score five goals in an FA Cup tie since George Best struck six for Manchester United against Northampton Town in 1970.

Jack Grealish’s injury will hurt Manchester City who faces Manchester United in the Premier league on Sunday.

Before Haaland’s fifer, that was as many as he had scored in his previous 11 appearances for Manchester City and a foot injury had also taken the edge off his game.

City went ahead in the fourth minute as Matheus Nunes played in De Bruyne who cut back a perfect pass for Haaland to fire past Luton’s Tim Krul.

De Bruyne played Haaland through in the 18th minute to make it 2-0 and Haaland’s repeated the second one for his hatr-trick as he again surged on to a De Bruyne pass to dink a shot over Krul.

Clark gave the home fans something to hang on to when he got a beautiful curl over Stefan Ortega.

Clark also took advantage of some lacklustre defending from the City boys and notched another one.

Haaland was everywhere for Luton though and tapped in a De Bruyne pass a couple of minutes later, then going on to grab his fifth from Bernardo Silva’s assist before being substituted, much to Luton’s relief, who at that point were probably seeing eleven Norwegian centre forwards on the field.

Second-tier leaders Leicester City joined Pep Guardiola’s side in the quarterfinals of the FA Cup.

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