Erling Haaland Joins Saka and Kane on Exclusive List After First Goal Against Brentford

Erling Haaland Joins Saka and Kane on Exclusive List After First Goal Against Brentford

Elijah Odetokun
February 21, 2024 at 10:21 AM
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  • Erling Haaland scored his first goal against Brentford last night
  • It was enough to help Pep Guardiola's side pick all three points
  • The Norwegian striker has joined an exclusive list with the goal

Erling Haaland scored the only goal as Manchester City beat Brentford 1-0, securing all three points to move to second on the Premier League table, one point below and above Liverpool and Arsenal, respectively.

It was the striker's first goal against the Bees, and he has now scored against all opponents he has faced since moving to English football in the summer of 2022.

Erling Haaland, Manchester City, Brentford, Etihad Stadium, Premier League.
Erling Haaland applauds the fans after helping Manchester City beat Brentford 1-0. Photo by Chris Brunskill.
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Sports Brief looks at the three players who have scored or assisted against every opponent they have faced.

Players with goals or assists against every club

1. Harry Kane

The English forward was the first player to achieve this feat, scoring against every 32 opponents he faced in the Premier League since he debuted for Tottenham Hotspur in 2009 and left for Bayern Munich last summer.

Kane is one of football’s best goal-scorers: he is Spurs’ all-time top scorer with 213 goals and the England national team with 62 in 87 appearances for the Three Lions.

Per Transfermarkt, his favourite opponents are Leicester City, Everton, and Arsenal, with 18, 15 and 14 goals against them, respectively.

2. Bukayo Saka

The Arsenal star boy has not scored against all his opponents but has an attacking contribution against all 24. He achieved this feat after assisting Leandro Trossard in the 3-1 win over Burnley last year.

West Ham, Wolverhampton Wanderers, and Liverpool are his favourite opponents, with three goals each against them.

Per Planet Football, Saka is one of the Premier League stars to record 75 goals and assists before turning 23, sitting on the iconic table with players like Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo.

3. Erling Haaland

The Norwegian forward is in his second season in English football and has already scored against all opponents he faced. Brentford got away last season, but he has now marked them this season.

He is the fastest player to achieve this, having better against 21 teams in one and a half years. Manchester United and Fulham have been on the receiving end of five goals each.

Chelsea legend, Frank Lampard, scored against 39 teams, including the Blues, but never had the honour of scoring against all his opponents.

Haaland told he won't start at Liverpool

Sports Brief also reported on the claim that Haaland would not start for Liverpool ahead of Diogo Jota, Mohamed Salah, and Darwin Nunez.

Mark Goldbridge is a popular English YouTuber with a dedicated Man United channel and thinks the rival striker is not good enough for the Reds.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.