Erling Haaland scores most goals in FA Cup tie since Man United legend 54 years ago... as striker also equals Man City record set almost a century ago

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Erling Haaland scored five goals as Manchester City thrashed Luton Town 6-2 on Tuesday night.

The striker broke the deadlock in the third minute when he lashed home from close range from Kevin De Bruyne's cutback from the left flank.

Luton’s Teden Mengi had competed well with Haaland, matching him for power and strength in one-on-one duels, but after 18 minutes the City striker won out and doubled his side’s lead. 

De Bruyne again was the creator, receiving it from Haaland on halfway and returning it into the Norwegian’s stride. He burst beyond Mengi and crashed it through the legs of Tim Krul with unerring cool.

His hat-trick nearly arrived when De Bruyne sent Haaland clear and he clipped the ball over the advancing keeper.

Erling Haaland made history as he scored five goals in Man City's FA Cup win over Luton

Erling Haaland made history as he scored five goals in Man City's FA Cup win over Luton

Erling Haaland made history as he scored five goals in Man City's FA Cup win over Luton

Then out of nothing, Luton brought a roar from home fans on the stroke of the interval, a brilliant finish sent spinning into Stefan Ortega’s top corner from 25 yards by Clark.

They came at City at the start of the second half with the same ferocity with which the holders had begun the match, and they were rewarded similarly early. Clark was closer to goal this time though the angle was devilish. 

A shot across the goalkeeper looked to be on, but instead he lashed it towards the near post and beyond Ortega for 3-2.

It gave Kenilworth Road all of three minutes to dream. That was all it took for Haaland to score his and his team’s fourth, De Bruyne again the provider as he squared for a simple tap-in.

His fifth was harsh on Krul, a left-foot drive squirming through the goalkeeper as though bamboozled by City’s dizzying onslaught. Haaland had scored five in under an hour.

Kovacic added his name to the scoresheet, rifling one in in the 72nd minute to deepen Luton’s misery.

There was at least late respite when Haaland was brought off in the closing stages. It had been his and City’s night.

The striker broke the deadlock in the third minute when he lashed home from close range

The striker broke the deadlock in the third minute when he lashed home from close range

De Bruyne sent Haaland clear and he clipped the ball over the keeper to complete his hat-trick

De Bruyne sent Haaland clear and he clipped the ball over the keeper to complete his hat-trick

Haaland got his fifth when his low shot went straight through Krul in the 58th minute

Haaland got his fifth when his low shot went straight through Krul in the 58th minute

And Clark scored again in the 52nd minute, before De Bruyne and Haaland combined again to make it 4-2.

And the 23-year-old then restored City's three-goal lead with his fifth goal in the 58th minute, with Bernardo Silva providing the assist.

Haaland scored the most goals in FA Cup tie since George Best scored six for Man United against Northampton in 1970.

He also became the first Man City player since 1926 to score five goals in an FA Cup match since Frank Roberts hit five in an 11-4 thrashing of Crystal Palace nearly 100 years ago.

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