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Haaland and Rodri fire Man City to emphatic victory at Burnley

Manchester City began their Premier League championship defence with a 3-0 victory over Burnley at Turf Moor.

It didn’t take long for Erling Haaland to start up where he left off last season, as the Man City striker scored with his first touch from Rodri’s knockdown in the fourth minute.InformationGuideNigeria

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His shot took three minutes and four seconds, making it the quickest goal scored on the first day of the season since Paul Pogba struck for Manchester United against Leicester City in 2018/19.InformationGuideNigeria

After Julian Alvarez set him up in the penalty area, Haaland scored again in the 36th minute with a powerful finish into the top left corner.

After scoring a brace against West Ham United on the opening weekend of last season, Haaland became only the second player in Premier League history to score two or more goals in a team’s first match of a season in consecutive seasons, joining Didier Drogba in 2009/10 and 2010/11.

Rodri then added the icing on the cake with a close-range goal 15 minutes from time, scoring and assisting in a league match for the first time in his 236th game.JAMB Portal

Anass Zaroury was sent off for major foul play after a harsh tackle on Kyle Walker late in the game, and a straight red card was issued following a VAR review.

The only thing that could have hampered Man City’s success was an injury to Kevin De Bruyne, who was forced to leave after only 23 minutes.

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Many facets of Burnley’s performance would have thrilled Vincent Kompany, who was making his Premier League debut against his former team.JAMB Result

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They showed some attacking promise in flashes and consistently attempted to play possession football. But City proved too powerful.

The champions will face a considerably tougher test in their next league fixture on Saturday, August 19, when they play last season’s fourth-placed side Newcastle United.

Burnley were scheduled to play Luton Town the next week, but the game has been postponed due to ongoing construction at Luton’s stadium, Kenilworth Road. The Clarets’ next game is against Aston Villa on August 27.

Arsenal will face Nottingham Forest at Emirates Stadium on the first Saturday of the 2023/24 season, hoping to improve on last season’s title win.NYSC Portal 

Luton Town and Sheffield United, both newcomers, will face Brighton & Hove Albion and Crystal Palace, respectively.

The final match of the day pits Newcastle United against Aston Villa, both of which are hoping to qualify for Europe.

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