Erling Haaland celebrates opening his Manchester City account in the first half

Bayern Munich 0-1 Man City: Erling Haaland scores his first goal against the Bundesliga champions

Bayern Munich 0-1 Manchester City: Erling Haaland scores the winner on his debut against the Bundesliga champions in pre-season

  • Manchester City beat Bayern Munich 1-0 in a pre-season friendly on Sunday
  • New signing Erling Haaland opened his account for the Citizens in the first half
  • The Norwegian got the end of a cross from Jack Grealish to win the game for City
  • Lightning caused game postponements – before game was cut short

It was always going to take something extraordinary and only intervention from above could eclipse Erling Haaland on his first night in a Manchester City shirt.

The world felt like it was falling at Lambeau Field, with storm Haaland meeting their game as fans were evacuated twice, the friendly with Bayern Munich postponed twice and ultimately cut by 10 minutes.

By the time both teams left the pitch, in the 13th minute, Haaland had already scored. Of course he had. And he looked pretty happy about it too, with teammates rushing towards their new Nordic juggernaut.

Erling Haaland celebrates opening his Manchester City account in the first half

Pep Guardiola guided City to victory over his former club at Lambeau Field in Wisconsin

Pep Guardiola guided City to victory over his former club at Lambeau Field in Wisconsin

A weird old night in Wisconsin, though. Stop-start in its nature and not what a sold-out crowd of 78,000 had hoped for. For a club that have organized the bare minimum through pre-season fixtures, it has been a bit disruptive, with players out for around 45 minutes as the rain poured down.

Still, Haaland’s goal delivered a promise of what’s to come from him in England: scoring Guardiola’s classic move. Ball on signing, reduction for a striker and in, although it was to do the contributions of Kevin De Bruyne and Jack Grealish a slight disservice.

De Bruyne deprived Leroy Sane of possession from 20 yards out, sliding towards Grealish, whose little kick to his body sent Dayot Upamecano over the water at Michigan. Haaland waited patiently in the six-yard box. It seemed easy for them, but it certainly wasn’t.

The 22-year-old thought he had a second, long after the storm delayed, when Bernardo Silva squared him again, but it was the subject of a dubious offside call.

Haaland got the end of a Jack Grealish cross to drive home his first goal for City

Haaland got the end of a Jack Grealish cross to drive home his first goal for City

Despite quietly preparing for another title defence, City looked slick. More direct with Haaland in the lead – replaced at the break by Julian Alvarez – and with De Bruyne in a very advanced position. The Belgian should fill his boots this season.

Bayern also had one disallowed, Serge Gnabry ruled offside, but were second best for the majority. Grealish purred from the left wing, telepathically with Haaland already and relying more on instinct than in his debut season.

Grealish is certainly the winner of this brief trip, once again torn to pieces and once again penalties denied. A heavy challenge from Benjamin Pavard left him in a heap begging for the referee’s protection.

Young left-back Josh Wilson-Esbrand didn’t hurt his reputation either, barely sniffing the Kingsley Coman and gradually taking possession of the ball. A never-ending race ended with Sven Ulreich pulling off a decent save.

Ulreich also denied Riyad Mahrez after De Bruyne’s lunging counterattack. City head straight for the airport home hoping they can take off in good weather, but at least Haaland got through on his first outing.

Haaland thought he had a second after converting a Bernardo Silva cross – but it was offside

Haaland thought he had a second after converting a Bernardo Silva cross – but it was offside

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