Erling Haaland had a Premier League debut to remember as he scored both of Manchester City’s goals in their 2-0 win at West Ham.
The Norwegian striker opened his account from the penalty spot, sending Alphonse Areola the wrong way after being fouled in the box by the Hammers goalkeeper.
His second came from open play as he slid the ball past Areola after latching onto a beautiful pass from Kevin De Bruyne.
The second was met with a seal of approval from Haaland’s dad, former City midfielder Alfe-Inge, filmed applauding his son in the stands at the London Stadium.
Pep Guardiola’s men were good value for their win as they barely got out of second gear in a match they controlled.
West Ham’s best moment came in the first two minutes as Jarrod Bowen’s strike was blocked on the six yard box was blocked by Nathan Ake.
But this match always appeared destined for City and Haaland to have the last laugh.
Following a nightmare performance in the Community Shield, Haaland sent an emphatic message to any doubters out there.
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However, he and City took a bit of time to warm up with Bowen’s threatening shot, which was heading straight for goal, being blocked by Ake. Michail Antonio headed the ball just over the bar moments later.
The champions assumed control of the match after that and could’ve taken the lead when Foden’s cross from the right was aimed for Haaland but the £51million man couldn’t quite get his head on the end of it.
De Bruyne thought he’d given City the lead but his strike wasn’t given due to Ilkay Gundogan being offside in the build-up.
City didn’t have to wait too much longer as Haaland stroked the ball home from 12 yards on 36 minutes after having his legs swiped away by Areola, who replaced Lukasz Fabianski with the Pole failing to recover from a knock sustained during a collision with Haaland.
Without creating many clear-cut chances, the visitors controlled proceedings in the second half but nearly surrendered the lead after Gundogan gave the ball away inside his own half but the move finished with Declan Rice firing high and wide of the goal on 55 minutes.
And ten minutes later City and Haaland had their second when he latched onto De Bruyne’s delightful through ball and produced a composed finish beyond Areola.
Haaland could have had a third on 70 minutes as he headed Jack Grealish’s cross over the bar but the 22-year-old put in more than a good shift as he helped his new club get off to the ideal start.