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Invading the field to celebrate with the Man City striker.

Invading the field to celebrate with the Man City striker.

  • Against Sheffield United, Erling Haaland scored Man City’s first goal.

  • A former boxing world champion emerged from the crowd to join him in his joy.

After putting Manchester City in front against Sheffield United on Sunday, Erling Haaland was joined on the field by a former world champion boxer.

Haaland had a trying first half at Bramall Lane after he missed a penalty for the first time since joining City, but he didn’t mess up when he got another chance after the break, heading in Jack Grealish’s cross from close range.

An overly enthusiastic fan eventually joined him on the field as he initially didn’t seem to be in the mood to celebrate, clearly still upset about missing the earlier penalty.

Unbeknownst to Haaland, a fan unexpectedly leaped onto his back and planted a kiss on his cheek. It has since been identified as former world champion Terry Flanagan.

Before moving up in weight, Flanagan held the WBO lightweight championship between 2015 and 2017, making four successful defenses of the title.

The Manchester southpaw won his first 33 professional contests before suffering back-to-back losses to American duo Regis Prograis and Maurice Hooker in 2018.

To finish his career with a 36-2 record, he had three more fights, winning each one.

The 34-year-old now seems to enjoy watching his beloved City in his free time and couldn’t resist the urge to join Haaland in celebration this weekend.

Flanagan hugged Haaland while grinning from ear to ear. The Norwegian forward didn’t initially appear to know who had jumped on him, but after realizing it was a City supporter, he gave Flanagan a pat on the head.

After that, as Haaland’s teammates praised him, stewards hurried to remove Flanagan from the field.

As City finally took the lead after struggling for an hour without a breakthrough, Flanagan might have believed he was celebrating the winning goal.

However, the Blades did hit back through Jayden Bogle to set up a nervy finish.

Rodri scored a late winner for City, however, to keep their perfect record this season and return them to the top of the standings.

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