Watch Erling Haaland score 12 minutes into Man City debut as Jack Grealish assist helps seal 1-0 win over Bayern Munich | The Sun
ERLING HAALAND made an electric start for Manchester City by scoring the only goal on a stormy night in Wisconsin.
As thunder and lightning filled the skies over the home of the Green Bay Packers, the only strike that mattered came from the Norwegian.
It took the £51.4 million new boy less than 12 minutes to get on the scoresheet as he slid home a cross from Jack Grealish.
And City fans will be hoping it opens the floodgates with the first game of their Prem title defence at West Ham less than two weeks away.
The former Borussia Dortmund forward was deemed not to be ready to play against Club America in Houston during the week but was named in the starting XI here.
After an initial 15 minute delay due to the storms, the game got under way and what a start it was.
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Less than 12 minutes had gone when the 22-year-old striker stretched to tap home a cross from the left by Grealish.
It was only a friendly but the £51.4 million ace was mobbed by his team-mates – who seem as excited about his arrival as the fans do.
No sooner had those celebrations died down though, the players were off again with lightning closing in and tornados forecast.
The players spent 45 minutes off the pitch and then had to warm up again – with the match reduced to 40 minutes each half.
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City had to fly back to Manchester later in the evening and had little room for manoeuvre with the timings.
Within minutes of the restart there was a chance lightning could strike twice on the pitch as Haaland got in behind the Bayern defence but was denied by a last ditch tackle by Dayot Upamercano.
And the Norwegian got on the end of another low centre from Grealish but once again it was Upamercano sliding in to deflect the ball wide.
He had the ball in the net for a second time just before the break – but Bernardo Silva was flagged just offside as he laid it back for Haaland to score.
He had made quite an impression but did not return after the break, making way for fellow new boy Julian Alvarez.
The Argentina international had a couple of chances himself, firing an effort just wide of the post and trying an ambitious volley that flew just over the bar.
Young sub Rico Lewis danced through the German defence and thumped a shot against the post in the closing stages but Haaland’s strike proved to be enough.
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