Copy of 251905-01-02-1678877001853
Manchester City striker Erling Haaland shoots from the penalty spot to score the team's opening goal during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second-leg match against RB Leipzig at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England. Image Credit: AFP

Berlin: RB Leipzig defender Benjamin Henrichs said his side were “eaten up” by an Erling Haaland-led Manchester City who romped to a 7-0 home victory to reach the Champions League last eight on Tuesday.

Haaland scored five goals, including a first half hat-trick, as City blew the German visitors out of the water to qualify 8-1 on aggregate.

Henrichs was at a loss to explain how his side, who came into the match on level pegging from the first leg, could lose so convincingly.

“I think we were eaten up out there,” he said. “I’ve never lost 7-0 in my career. It’s a totally brutally bitter evening for us.”

Henrichs said Haaland, who moved from Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund to Manchester City last season, dominated Leipzig with his physicality.

Brutal player

“He’s a brutally physical player. He’s difficult to defend and brings so much to the game. The way he played today says a lot about his quality.”

Asked about a contentious first-half penalty the German defender conceded after a VAR review, Henrichs said “we can’t talk about VAR, we need to talk about our own performance.”

Leipzig manager Marco Rose, who coached Haaland at Dortmund and Red Bull Salzburg, said he knew the threat posed by the Norwegian.

“I know Erling well and I know his quality - and how he can perform. When Erling sees the goal, he wants to score.”

Haaland, 22, has scored 39 goals in 36 games for City, including 10 goals in six matches in the Champions League.