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Erling Haaland Scores on Man City Debut vs Bayern Munich

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Erling Haaland took just 11 minutes to open his Manchester City account in Saturday’s friendly against Bayern Munich in Wisconsin.

Playing against his former Bundesliga rivals, the ex-Borussia Dortmund man converted from close range following fine play from Kevin De Bruyne and Jack Grealish, who played a low cross across the six-yard boss for Haaland to slide in and open the scoring.

However, the match – which had initially been delayed due to an electrical storm in the area which forced fans to flee for cover – was then almost immediately suspended as the inclement weather continued around Lambeau Field, home of NFL’s Green Bay Packers.

Players were off the field for over half an hour before they returned, when it was decided that they would play two 40-minute halves with a five-minute half-time break.

The match was delayed by 10 minutes before getting under way, with Haaland quickly finding the net.

The Norwegian was making his first appearance in a City shirt having been left out of the friendly against Club America on Wednesday, with new boss Pep Guardiola saying he was happy to proceed with caution over the summer signing.

Haaland had only trained twice prior to the Club America game, and Guardiola is seeking to manage his fitness ahead of next weekend’s Community Shield against Liverpool at the King Power Stadium.

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