Haaland fires brace as Manchester City down Everton

Erling Haaland announced his return to the scoresheet in emphatic fashion with a brace to lift Manchester City to a 2-0 home victory over relegation-threatened Everton on Saturday.

Haaland, who recently missed almost two months with a broken bone in his foot, netted his 15th and 16th of the season in the second half to break down some stubborn Everton resistance and go clear at the top of the Premier League scorers’ list.

He also added another record to his collection with the 23-year-old bagging 51 goals in 50 league starts — more goals in 50 starts than any other player in the competition.

Pep Guardiola’s team have 52 points after 23 games. Liverpool reclaimed top spot with 54 points after their 3-1 win over Burnley later on Saturday, although City have a game in hand. Everton are in the relegation zone in 18th.

Haaland’s return to form was perfect timing for City who had 72.5% possession against Everton but mustered just three shots on target.