Erling Haaland scores against West Ham
Manchester City's victory took them back to the top spot on the league table

Goalscoring gladiator: Erling Haaland breaks Premier League record

Erling Haaland broke the English Premier League single-season scoring record as Manchester City moved back to the top of the table with a 3-0 win over West Ham.


David Moyes' side had made it difficult for the reigning champions at the Etihad Stadium. It was goalless at half-time. But Nathan Ake headed City in front early in the second before Haaland had his moment, chipping Lukasz Fabianski for his 35th of the season.

The goal moved him clear of Alan Shearer and Andrew Cole as the first man to hit that mark in the Premier League era -- with five games to spare too. Substitute Phil Foden made the win even more emphatic when his deflected strike made it three late in the game.

Arsenal's victory over Chelsea on the previous evening had been a reminder to Pep Guardiola's side that there was little room for complacency as they chase this Premier League title. They are hoping it will be the first part of an historic treble for the club.

This win moves them a step closer, restoring their one-point lead at the top with a game in hand. For West Ham, a third consecutive defeat means there is work still to do to guarantee their safety. There will be easier nights than this to claim the points they need.

Haaland on breaking the record
Asked if the record was on his mind, Haaland told Sky Sports: "Yes, of course I knew about it but we tried to create the chances to score goals and it was not easy. They came here just to defend for 90 minutes and we struggled a bit in the first half but it was an important win."

On the goal, he added: "You can see what my first thought is -- to run towards the goal. Me and Jack spoke before the game -- he wanted to give me the assist for the record-breaking goal. I knew I was going to get the ball there and I saw the keeper coming out.

"It was a great ball by Jack. When I chipped the ball it was a really perfect bounce. I didn't think I was going to chip but the possibility was there.

"It was a nice feeling, like every single goal I score. Winning the game is also really important. The guard of honour really hurt - they hit me hard on the back!"

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