Erling Haaland described stepping up to take a last-minute penalty against Fulham as ‘one of the most nervous moments of my life’.

The 22-year-old returned from injury off the bench against the Cottagers on Saturday, just in time to step up in injury time and take the decisive spot kick.

“I was nervous – it was one of the most nervous moments of my life,” Haaland told BBC Sport.

“A penalty in the last minute? Of course I would be nervous. But it was about getting through the situation in the proper way and I did that. It was a fantastic feeling to score.

“I love it. I have been injured for a week and it was really important for us to win.”

It was far from the best penalty from Haaland, but the ball squirmed past goalkeeper Bernd Leno to give City the win and take them back to the top of the Premier League. However, Haaland says his only concern is that the ball ends up in the back of the net.

“I don’t care how it went in, it is about it going in. It was an amazing feeling,” said the Norwegian.

“For me, it was about coming in with some energy and try and get a goal because these three points are really important. It was about trying to get it and that is what we did.”

Haaland now has 18 goals from his first 12 Premier League appearances, and a phenomenal 23 goals in his first 17 games in all competitions.


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