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Erling Haaland launched his Manchester City tenure with a goal as Pep Guardiola’s men beat Bayern Munich 1-0 in a weather-disrupted friendly at Lambeau Field in Wisconsin on Saturday.

Two delays because of lightning in the area — one before kickoff and one in the first half — saw the contest shortened to 80 minutes.

It was plenty of time for City’s new $61 million striker Haaland to make an impression in his first appearance after Guardiola declared him over the injury “niggles” that kept him sidelined during City’s 2-1 victory over Mexico’s Club America in Houston on Wednesday.

Manchester City had threatened twice before a close-range strike by Bayern’s Serge Gnabry’s was disallowed by a narrow offside call in the seventh minute.

 

Five minutes later Haaland struck. After Riyad Mahrez’s free kick was blocked Kevin De Bruyne managed to corral the ball and slip a pass through for Jack Grealish, who whipped it across to Haaland to connect from close range.

Frustratingly, another round of electrical storms brought proceedings to a halt, with players exiting the field and the near sellout crowd of 78,128 at the iconic home of the NFL’s Green Bay Packers instructed to seek shelter in the concourses.

The start of the match had already been delayed almost 20 minutes because of dangerous weather conditions.

The disruptions didn’t dampen the festive atmosphere for the first professional soccer match ever held at Lambeau, with a few hardy fans even braving the pounding rain and risk of lighting to remain in their seats during the stoppage.

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Play resumed with 27 minutes left to complete a 40-minute first half and Haaland quickly energized City fans in attendance, bursting through behind the Bayern defense.

But before he could unleash a shot a charging Dayot Upercampo booted the ball away.

Although Manchester City controlled the pace, Bayern had a golden opportunity in the 38th minute when a cross from the right found Alphonso Davies at the far post, but his pass across the goal face didn’t quite make it to Gnabry.

A minute later Haaland almost made it 2-0, but his left-footed shot from inside the area was disallowed for offside.

Haaland departed after 40 minutes of action, giving way to newly signed striker Julian Alvarez who nearly doubled the score in the 43rd.

Despite a stream of substitutions in the second half, tension remained high between the Premier League and Bundesliga champions until the end of the truncated contest as Bayern — who opened their brief tour with a 6-2 drubbing of Wayne Rooney’s DC United, sought in vain for an equalizer.

Both clubs were flying home after the match, with Manchester City due to take on Liverpool in the Community Shield next Saturday, when Bayern face RB Leipzig in the SuperCup final.

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According to Okocha, Aliou Cissé’s side are fearless, and believe they can beat any team at the ongoing 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Senegal booked their place in the World Cup Round of 16 on Tuesday night after beating Ecuador 2-1.

The AFCON champions will face England in the knockout stage this weekend.

Speaking on SuperSport, Okocha said,

“One good thing that this Senegalese team has got right from years back is heart. They are fearless and they believe they can beat anybody.

“Also, the character of their manager has been passed on to this team. I managed to play with him, he was not the most brilliant player, but he had heart.

“You can see from this Senegalese team that what they’ve going for them now is team spirit because they’re missing crucial individual players like [Sadio] Mane, who finished second in the Ballon d’Or.”

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Chelsea are close to agreeing a £13million deal to sign midfielder, Andrey Santos from Vasco de Gama.

According to Le10 Sport, Chelsea have moved quickly to wrap up a deal to sign Santos in the January transfer window, provided the 18-year-old does not have a late change of heart.

The report added that Paris Saint-Germain have been monitoring Santos’ displays for several months, while Barcelona and Newcastle United have also kept tabs on the 18-year-old.

It’s reported that Chelsea’s proposal ‘was considered more consistent with Santos’ expectations’ than the project put forward by PSG.

Santos made his first-team breakthrough with Vasco de Gama earlier this year.

He has quickly established himself as a regular player at the heart of their midfield.

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Chelsea defender, Thiago Silva, has heaped praise on Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar, calling him a ‘magician’.

Neymar has been in astonishing form so far this season for PSG.

The former Barcelona star scored 11 and assisted eight goals in 11 appearances for the Parisians.

Neymar was also on target for Brazil in their 5-1 win over Tunisia in an International friendly tie on Tuesday.

Speaking after Brazil’s victory over Tunisia, Silva said at his post-match press conference (via PSG Talk):

“Neymar is amazing, a magician, he had big injuries, but this year he was able to prepare well during the holidays.

“I was with him in Brazil, and I saw him. Neymar is doing everything to help PSG.”

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