Manchester City Advances to Club World Cup Final, Faces Challenge without Haaland
Manchester City will have to cope without Erling Haaland as they aim to lift the Club World Cup for the first time in Friday’s final against Fluminense.
The European champions shrugged off their sluggish Premier League form to cruise past Urawa Reds 3-0 in Tuesday’s semi-final in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Haaland watched on from the stands as Mateo Kovacic and Bernardo Silva struck after Marius Hoibraten’s own goal opened the scoring. The Norwegian still provoked the biggest cheer of the night from a barely half-full King Abdullah Sports City Stadium when he offered the crowd a wave as he appeared on the big screens during the first half. But City boss Pep Guardiola confirmed his top scorer will miss the final and does not know when Haaland will be fit to feature again. The 23-year-old has already missed four matches due to a foot problem. City have won only one of their last six Premier League matches to fall behind Arsenal and Liverpool in the title race.