|Erling Haaland steals the show at the London stadium with a debut on his debut for the champions. (Photo credit: Premierleague.com)|
Manchester City had just one job, beat Westham and get two points advantage over Liverpool who dropped points at Craven Cottage and didn’t they do it well? Thanks to Erling Haaland's two goals.
Erling Braut Haaland was the cynosure of all eyes and he didn’t disappoint; from his movement, his confidence, presence and composed finish, the former Borussia Dortmund striker showed why he’s one of the most sought-after strikers in the whole of Europe.
West Ham started all their new signings on the bench but were the brighter side in the opening exchanges.
Jarrod Bowen nearly bundled one home but his effort was well blocked by Ruben Dias and from that point, City took control.
Erling Haaland didn’t take long to announce himself, a through pass from Ilkay Gundogan found the Norwegian and his quick feet beat substitute goalkeeper Alphonso Areola to the ball, the French goalkeeper came on for Lukas Fabianski who got injured early in the game.
Penalty was awarded as Areola brought down the gangling striker and Haaland made no mistakes from the spot, it was a cool finish that was enough for the champions to head into the break on top.
The second half was evenly contested but it was City that scored again.
Kevin De Bruyne found Haaland in space and he obliged with a cool side-footed finish to make it 2-0.
David Moyes sent on summer signing Gianluca Scamacca and Said Benrahma in place of Michail Antonio and Manuel Lanzini.
Both sides created chances but the game ended 2-0 with Pep Guardiola quick to play down comparisons at the presser.
Guardiola threw shades at everyone that questioned Haaland after his miss in the Shield Cup but from what everyone saw against the Hammers, Haaland will score a lot of goals in England.