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International round-up: Haaland, Akanji on target

There were five City players in Nations League action on Saturday evening.

There were five City players in Nations League action on Saturday evening.
Norway, Spain, Portugal and Switzerland all played - and here's how our stars got on...

NORWAY

Erling Haaland’s remarkable start to the season continued with his 21st international goal in 22 appearances.

The City striker scored the opening goal of the game as Norway took on Slovenia in the Nations League in the Stadion Stožice.


It was a somewhat bizarre piece of defending that allowed Haaland to open the scoring as, just 24 seconds into the second half, Slovenia attempted to play their way out at the back, but a wayward defensive pass hit Mohamed Elyounoussi on the hip and bounced to Haaland who span and hit the ball into the bottom left corner from 12 yards to make it 1-0.

There was a lengthy VAR check as to whether the ball had struck Elyounoussi on the arm, but as it was down by his side regardless, and the goal was given.

With Norway topping Group H going into the game and Slovenia winless at the bottom, it seemed as though that would be enough to see the Norwegians home, but two goals in 12 minutes from Andraž Šporar (69) and Benjamin Šeško (81) turned the game on its head to give the Slovenians a surprise 2-1 win.

SWITZERLAND

Manuel Akanji had a night to remember as Switzerland beat Spain 2-1.


City's new defender scored his first international goal in his 42nd appearance for his country on a memorable night in Zaragoza for the Swiss.


Akanji powered home a Ruben Vargas corner on 21 minutes to give Switzerland the advantage.

Jordi Alba levelled on 55 minutes for La Roja, but three minutes later former City defender Eric Garcia put through his own goal to settle the game in Switzerland's favour.

Rodrigo was an unused sub for Spain.

PORTUGAL

Bernardo Silva and Ruben Dias started for Portugal who were away to Czech Republic - Joao Cancelo was suspended.

Both City stars impressed, with Bernardo lasting 67 minutes before being subbed.

By that stage, the Portuguese were already three goals ahead, with Diogo Dalot (2) and Bruno Fernandes on target.

Diogo Jota added a late fourth to send Portugal above Spain and to the summit of Group I with one game remaining.

Dias played the full 90 minutes.

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