Raheem Sterling has done something that few players have ever done before. On December 8th, 2015, the Manchester City forward scored two goals in one minute, sending his team through the Champions League group stage.
The match was between Manchester City and Borussia Monchengladbach. The two teams were tied at 1-1 when Sterling stepped up to take a free kick in the 84th minute. His shot was deflected off the wall and past the goalkeeper, giving Manchester City the lead.
But the story didn’t end there. Just one minute later, Sterling scored again. This time, he dribbled past two defenders and fired a shot into the bottom corner of the net. The goal sealed the victory for Manchester City and sent them through to the knockout stages of the Champions League.
The feat was remarkable for a number of reasons. First, it was the first time a player had scored two goals in one minute in the Champions League. Second, it was the first time a Manchester City player had scored two goals in one minute in any competition. Finally, it was the first time a player had scored two goals in one minute in a Champions League match.
The performance was even more impressive considering the context of the match. Manchester City had already qualified for the knockout stages, but a win was needed to guarantee top spot in the group. Sterling’s two goals ensured that Manchester City would finish first and avoid a potentially difficult draw in the next round.
Sterling’s performance was widely praised by both his teammates and the media. His manager, Manuel Pellegrini, described him as “the best player on the pitch” and praised his “great quality”. Meanwhile, the media hailed his performance as “extraordinary” and “incredible”.
The two goals in one minute were a testament to Sterling’s skill and ability. He had already established himself as one of the best young players in the world, but this performance showed that he could perform at the highest level when it mattered most.
Sterling’s performance was a key moment in Manchester City’s history. It was a reminder of the team’s potential and a sign of things to come. The team went on to win the Premier League title in 2018 and has since become one of the most successful teams in Europe.
Raheem Sterling’s two goals in one minute will go down in history as one of the greatest individual performances in the Champions League. It was a moment of brilliance that sent Manchester City through to the knockout stages and set the team on the path to success.