• Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, Premier champion, started in the 2022-23 edition with a win at London Stadium

Erling Haaland made his debut in the Premier as expected of him: with a double he gave victory this Sunday to his new team, Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, against West Ham on the first day of the 2022-23 English championship (0-2 ). Haaland scored from a penalty in the 36th minute and after a great pass from Kevin de Bruyne in the 65th minute, the first example of what is called to be a great association in the ‘citizen’ team.

Despite the fact that the initial 0-0 remained on the scoreboard until 36′, City’s dominance (champion of England and winner of four of the last five editions of the Premier) was intense against a ‘hammer’ team that was dedicated to try to defend himself and that he found himself in the 29th minute with the problem caused by the injury of his goalkeeper, Lukasz Fabianski .

Erling Haaland took 36 minutes to score his first Premier goal. He did it by converting a penalty that the ‘hammer’ goalkeeper, Alphonse Areola, committed on the Norwegian striker himself. Ilkay Gündogan was also key in the play, with whom Haaland combined. Areola came on to replace the injured Fabianski.

The way was open for City, who had several occasions, but extended their advantage again thanks to Haaland , in a magnificent finish after a great combination with Kevin de Bruyne, who assisted him in a stellar way. It was already 65′ and the match had become almost impossible for West Ham in which one of their great stars, Jarrod Bowen , did not have his afternoon.

Haaland offered his letter of introduction in his debut in the Premier after arriving at City from Borussia Dortmund. The victory was not lost on a dominating City, while their great rival, Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool, could not go beyond 2-2 against Fulham on Saturday at Craven Cottage.

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