Manchester City continue their pre-season winning streak after the triumph over Bayern Munich, in a match that ended 0 – 1 in favour of City.
The match was played in Lambeau Field stadium in Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States where Erling Haaland made one of his most memorable City moments, as he opened his scoring account for the club in his debut.
After missing City‘s 2-1 win over Club America earlier this week, Haaland was thrust into the action from the off against a team he knows very well from his time in the Bundesliga.
Kevin De Bruyne made a magnificent pass to Jack Grealish who laid it on a plate and squared it to the big Norwegian and though it was a simple finish, you get the feeling it’s the type of goal he will score time and time again in sky blue.
The game, which had been delayed 15 minutes due to an electrical storm, was then paused as another storm passed over Lambeau Field, causing the referee to take the players off and allow the near-80,000 crowd to take refuge on the concourses.
City had already gone close to opening the scoring twice though shots by De Bruyne and Grealish that whistled a foot wide of either post.
Bayern also had the ball in the net in those opening minutes, but the effort was ruled out for offside. After almost a 45-minute delay, the players came back out, warmed up and the game resumed.
Haaland was quickly in the action again, racing onto a long ball and into the box with defenders chasing behind, but he was denied as he cut back inside of a challenge when he looked about to square to Riyad Mahrez.
And our new No.9 netted again on 40 minutes, burying a cushioned pass from Bernardo past Manuel Neuer, but the assistant referee’s flag meant it was ruled out – harshly, judging by the TV replays.
That was the last action of the slightly truncated first-half, with a five-minute interlude following during which Julian Alvarez replaced the Norwegian. Alvarez was quickly into the action and fired a low shot across goal and just wide of the right-hand post.
The impressive Josh Esbrand-Wilson and Mahrez also had half-chances as City continued to control proceedings. Rico Lewis came on for the final couple of minutes and struck the post, but – perhaps because it was written in the stars – Erling Haaland’s goal settled the game in Green Bay.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Non-stop action, an assist and a bruising game for Jack Grealish, who never hid despite a second successive game full of kicks and late challenges.