Erling Haaland scores brace as Manchester City open Premier League title defense with 3-0 win over Burnley

Erling Haaland began his second season in English football with two goals in a victory to kick off Manchester City’s title defence in the Premier League.

On Friday, the Norwegian striker scored brilliant goals in the 4th and 36th minutes as City eased to a 3-0 win against Burnley, a promoted team coached by City legend Vincent Kompany,  in the first match of England’s top division. Rodri, a defensive midfielder, scored the third goal.

Haaland had a fantastic debut season at City, scoring 52 goals in all competitions, including 36 in the Premier League, as Pep Guardiola’s squad won the Premier League-FA Cup-Champions League treble.

With his first touch of the match, Haaland gave City the lead when he latched onto Rodri’s nod-down from De Bruyne’s right-wing cross and sidefooted a finish into the bottom corner.

The second goal he scored was more remarkable, coming after Julian Alvarez set up Kyle Walker’s cross. Haaland fired a first-time shot on the turn off the underside of the crossbar and into the top corner.

Rodri, who scored the game-winning goal for City against Inter Milan in the Champions League final in June,  smashed home the 3rd goal from close range in the 75th minute after Burnley failed to clear a free kick into the area.

After Moroccan winger Anass Zaroury was sent off in the second-half stoppage time for a risky tackle on Walker, Burnley ended the match with 10 men.

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