Erling Haaland’s clinical brace has propelled defending champions Manchester City to a commanding 3-0 victory against promoted side Burnley at Turf Moor.
The Norwegian forward’s first-half double was followed by a late strike from Rodri, ensuring that City began their quest for a fourth consecutive English Premier League title.
Last season’s successes in the Premier League, Champions League, and FA Cup seemed to have set the stage for yet another dominant campaign.
Haaland’s goal-scoring ability was at the forefront of City’s success, and he demonstrated no signs of slowing down as he found the back of the net just over three minutes into the opening fixture.
Pouncing on Rodri’s perfectly directed header, Haaland slotted home, announcing his continued dominance on the English football stage.
Haaland’s second goal showcased his ability to convert opportunities even when faced with a far-from-perfect performance from his team in the first 45 minutes.
Rodri, who had previously proven his mettle with the decisive goal in the European Cup final, commenced the new season with another impressive strike.
However, the victory against Burnley was marred by a blow to City’s captain, Kevin De Bruyne.
The Belgian playmaker, who had recently returned from a hamstring injury sustained during the Champions League final, suffered a setback as he limped off the field midway through the first half.