Erling Haaland‘s impressive goalscoring skills were on display during an enthralling pre-season friendly for Manchester City as the champions recovered from a 2-0 second period to beat Yokohama F Marinos 5-3.This victory marks City’s first match of their pre-season tour in Japan and serves as a strong start for the reigning Champions League winners.
Although they had only four members of the record treble-winning side outstarted in their last Champions League final startings, Manchester City were caught off guard at 27.Y FC – Marinos took the lead through Anderson Lopes after-contact following an Andries Reboys’ free-kick was met by Ken Matsubara who sent it in from close-range.But City responded immediately with a clinical performance from John Stones which calmly finished home – cutting the deficit to2-0 – before an even fight broke out minutes later following Kalvin Phillips’ on-target strike.
As talented new signing Haaland entered form-sideways for Norway, Manchester City’ attacks grew to mount serious periods of threat in the latter stages of play and it was the Scandinavian forward who punctuated proceedings with a smart strike from Phil Foden following on. Rodri, the hero of City’s Champions League triumph, extended their lead with a well-taken goal. Despite a late consolation goal from Kenta Inoue for Marinos, Haaland sealed the victory with his second goal in stoppage time.
Manchester City look set to complete a double header against Bayern Munich in their third and final game of the group stage on Wednesday at Tokyo followed by a trip to South Korea to play Atletico Madrid. This victory serves as a promising start to their pre-season preparations and highlights the depth and talent within Pep Guardiola’s squad.