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Haaland out to break Van Nistelrooy scoring record in Champions League final

Haaland out to break Van Nistelrooy scoring record in Champions League final
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Manchester City striker Erling Braut Haaland sets out to break a Champions League goalscoring record set by Ruud van Nistelrooy in Saturday's final against Inter Milan.

Erling Braut Haaland could break a Champions League goalscoring feat set by Ruud van Nistelrooy when Manchester City take on Inter Milan in Saturday's final in Istanbul.

Records have tumbled at the feet of the 22-year-old during the 2022-23 season, where he has scored an astonishing 52 goals in as many games across all tournaments.

Haaland set a new single-season Premier League scoring record with 36 goals from 35 appearances, storming to the Golden Boot as Man City retained their title.

The Norway international's remarkable numbers also include 12 goals from 10 Champions League affairs, scoring five times in the Citizens' first three group games against Copenhagen, Sevilla and former club Borussia Dortmund.

Haaland then elevated his game to new heights with a quintet of goals in a 7-0 last-16 second leg thrashing of RB Leipzig, before netting in both legs of his side's quarter-final triumph over Bayern Munich.

Manchester City's Erling Braut Haaland celebrates with the Golden Boot on May 28, 2023© Reuters

The Scandinavian did not make the net ripple during his side's 5-1 aggregate semi-final win over Real Madrid, but he has never gone three Champions League games without scoring before, and a new slice of European history will be written if he can continue that streak.

Should Haaland score for the 13th time in Europe this season, he will break the record for the most Champions League goals in a single campaign by a player for an English club.

The ex-Dortmund marksman currently sits level with Dutch legend Van Nistelrooy, who also bagged 12 Champions League goals for Manchester United during the 2002-03 season.

Furthermore, a goal for Haaland on Saturday would make him the first Norwegian to score in a Champions League final for 24 years since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's iconic winner for Man United against Bayern Munich in 1999.

Solskjaer's late strike sealed a 2-1 win for Man United, who clinched a domestic and continental treble that evening, but Inter are also out to equal a Champions League record as they bid to stop Man City from winning a trio of trophies.

Inter Milan's Lautaro Martinez celebrates scoring their first goal on May 24, 2023© Reuters

The Nerazzurri have progressed to the final courtesy of a stellar defensive streak, having kept clean sheets in five of their six knockout games en route to the showpiece event.

Only Benfica have breached Simone Inzaghi's defence since the last 16, where Inter kept back-to-back clean sheets against Porto before also quelling AC Milan's attack during the semis.

The only previous team to keep six clean sheets in the knockout stages of a single Champions League season were Arsenal, who achieved that many shutouts en route to the 2005-06 final, where they lost to Barcelona.

Overall, Inter goalkeeper Andre Onana has kept a total of eight clean sheets in 12 continental games this season, just one shy of the single-season record for a goalkeeper set by Chelsea's Edouard Mendy in 2020-21.

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