Erling Haaland Double Gives Manchester City Dream Start

Nine minutes before halftime, the talented 22-year-old Norwegian striker gave City the lead from the penalty spot after being brought down by West Ham’s replacement goalkeeper Alphonse Areola.

This was exactly what City manager Pep Guardiola wanted after the striker’s summer transfer from Borussia Dortmund.

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In place of the injured Lukasz Fabianski, Haaland sealed City’s victory after 65 minutes with a cool left-foot finish off Kevin de Bruyne’s precise ball, leaving him helpless.

West Ham, which only marginally threatened after a small initial burst and often lost possession as the champs exercised almost complete control, was defeated by City by a landslide.