EPL: Haaland Scores Twice As Man City Begin Title Defense with Opening Win At Burnley

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Manchester City began the defense of their Premier League title with a comfortable 3-0 victory at Turf Moor as Burnley endured a chastening return to the top flight. City had won their previous 11 fixtures against Burnley by a combined score of 40-1; meaning their fourth-minute opener came as no surprise.

The identity of the scorer was no shock either, with Erling Haaland finding space among a crowded penalty area to sweep the ball into the bottom corner from Rodri’s headed pass. Last season’s Golden Boot winner then rattled another first-time finish in off the bar in the 36th minute, with Rodri adding the third in the second half.

It was not all plain sailing for City, who lost Kevin De Bruyne to another injury in the first half – with Guardiola conceding, he perhaps should not have started with the midfielder – but the ease with which they picked up the three points is an ominous sign for the rest of the Premier League.

“Unfortunately, he is injured again. He said to me it’s a problem in the same position as the Champions League. He recovered well but now we’ve lost him for a time. We have to reflect and talk to the doctors and the Physiotherapists. He has to be relaxed, recover and come back. He was feeling really good.” Pep Guardiola on Kevin De Bruyne’s injury

Burnley’s night then went from bad to worse as Zaroury saw a yellow card turn to red following a VAR review after he caught Walker on the calf with a rash sliding challenge. Kompany now has two weeks to work with his side before they take on Aston Villa in their next game; while City will continue their relentless pursuit of silverware against Sevilla in the European Super Cup on Wednesday.

 

 

 

 

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