Erling Haaland scores in first Man City appearance to beat Bayern Munich in preseason friendly

Erling Haaland scores in first Man City appearance to beat Bayern Munich in preseason friendly

Published July 24, 2022
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Erling Haaland scored in his first appearance in a Manchester City jersey as his new club beat Bayern Munich 1-0 in a game shortened to 40 minutes per half as a result of multiple lightning delays at Green Bay’s Lambeau Field.

It took Haaland just 12 minutes to make his mark for City following his blockbuster transfer from Borussia Dortmund this summer. And it was a classic poacher’s finish as the Norwegian striker punished his former club’s Bundesliga rivals by turning in an inviting low pass across goal from Jack Grealish.

Immediately following the goal, the match, which had already seen its kickoff delayed by 15 minutes, entered a further delay of almost an hour as more inclement weather and lightning strikes blanketed the historic NFL venue and a sell-out crowd of over 78,000.

City, though, remained the superior team. Haaland, Grealish and Kevin De Bruyne showed early signs of a fruitful relationship with the new signing having a potential second goal ruled out for offside in the buildup.