Erling Haaland’s brace earned Manchester City a maximum three points against hapless West Ham in their Premier League opener at the London Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The defending Champions claimed a 2-0 win away from Etihad Stadium to begin their title defence in a superb fashion.
Manchester City broke the deadlock in the 36th minute following a penalty kick from Erling Haaland.
Manchester City was awarded a penalty kick after Alphonse Areola brought down Haaland in the box and the referee made no mistake to award a penalty for the foul on the Norweigian attacker.
West Ham was made to chase the ball with Manchester City dominating the ball possession and constantly sending threats at will to the defence of the home team. in the first half, the Premier League champions had 79% ball possession to West Ham’s 21% ball possession in the opening 45 minutes.
Though there was not much difference when it comes to goal attempts, West Ham had 3 goal attempts while the visitors have 6 goal attempts in the first half.
Manchester City has not been able to convert their opportunities as the West Ham defence was constantly putting the Manchester City attackers in check.
West Ham put up a fight in the second half with the home team working tirelessly to get the equaliser.
Haaland grabbed his brace with a superb finish, to make it 2-0 for Pep Guardiola’s side, thanks to a perfect defence-splitting pass from Kevin de Bruyne in the 65th minute.
Manchester City claim the three points in a brilliant manner two goals scored and none conceded.
West Ham will play Nottingham Forest away while Manchester City will entertain Bournemouth in their next Premier League fixtures.