Erling Haaland scores in Man City's first game to defeat Bayern Munich in a friendly during the preseason.

 Erling Haaland scores in Man City's first game to defeat Bayern Munich in a friendly during the preseason.

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Due to numerous lightning delays, the game at Lambeau Field in Green Bay was shortened to 40 minutes for each half. Erling Haaland scored in his first match wearing a Manchester City jersey as his new team defeated Bayern Munich 1-0.

After his stunning acquisition from Borussia Dortmund this summer, Haaland made an immediate impression for City. The Norwegian striker delivered a textbook poacher's finish by turning in a seductive low pass across goal from Jack Grealish to punish the Bundesliga rivals of his former team.

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After the goal, the game, which had already been delayed by 15 minutes before it was supposed to start, was delayed again for nearly an hour because of extra heavy rain and lightning strikes that shrouded the iconic NFL stadium and the more than 78,000 ticketed spectators.

Both teams had planes to catch after the final horn, thus the game was shortened to 40 minutes per half with just a five-minute halftime break.


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However, City was still the superior squad. Early signs of Haaland, Grealish, and Kevin De Bruyne working well together included the newcomer's potential second goal being disallowed for offside during the buildup.

At halftime, Julian Alvarez replaced Haaland, and City's other summer acquisition had a promising second half. The former River Plate player also narrowly missed emulating his new teammate by firing wide in the opening moments of the half.

While adjusting to life without prolific scorer and new Barcelona addition Robert Lewandowski, Bayern struggled to challenge City goalkeeper Ederson. The closest attempt by the Bundesliga champions was an offside-ruled goal by Serge Gnabry in the opening ten minutes.



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