Erling Haaland returned to his familiar rhythm, showcasing his exceptional finishing skills as Manchester City kicked off their Premier League title defense with a commanding win against Burnley. The sensational goal scorer, who netted 52 times during City’s triumphant campaign last season, securing the Premier League, FA Cup, and Champions League trophies, wasted no time in making an impact in the new season. In a mere 185 seconds, Haaland found the back of the net, capitalizing on Rodri’s header from Kevin de Bruyne’s cross. This initial blow proved insurmountable for the newly promoted Burnley.
It's good to be back! 💪
— Manchester City (@ManCity) August 11, 2023
Haaland struck again after 36 minutes, delivering a sublime left-footed shot into the top corner past Burnley’s goalkeeper James Trafford. This second goal effectively sealed the fate of the match. Despite the fervent support of their home crowd, Burnley struggled to regain their footing as City’s dominance intensified as the game progressed.
With 15 minutes remaining, Rodri extended City’s lead by capitalizing on a defensive lapse from Burnley, converting a free-kick opportunity. The game concluded in a comfortable victory for City, marred only by De Bruyne’s unfortunate injury. The star player limped off the field after just 23 minutes, making way for summer signing Mateo Kovacic.
— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) August 11, 2023
In injury time, Burnley’s Anass Zaroury received a red card following a VAR review for a reckless challenge on Kyle Walker, adding to Burnley’s woes on a challenging night for the team.
Ugly foul on Kyle Walker… VAR review and say is a red card, Zaroury is sent off. #BURMCI
— Reyi (@Reinaldodcg9) August 11, 2023