Erling Haaland scored just 12 minutes into his Manchester City debut and it proved the game-winner as the Premier League champions edged out German champs Bayern Munich 1-0 in front of a sellout crowd at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
The match was interrupted by a lightning delay just one minute after the Haaland goal, and when it resumed 55 minutes later, Haaland also returned to the field. He almost scored a second goal had it not been for a last-ditch sliding tackle by a Bayern center back.
Bayern Munich were bothered by the Man City press and often found it hard to get out of their own half. When they did get into the attack, they missed Robert Lewandowski’s finishing ability. Fill-in Serge Gnabry came close on one sliding effort in the best chance of the match for the German side, which clearly has work to do to overcome the loss of its star to Barcelona.
Due to the weather delay, the match was limited to 40-minute halves and fans booed when the final whistle was blown with the clock still at 80 minutes.
The two clubs will next return to their home headquarters as they prepare to battle for the first silverware of the season next Saturday, July 30. Bayern will be contending for the German Super Cup, while Man City will face Liverpool for England’s Community Shield.
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Breaking down Haaland’s debut
The new Man City target man brought his brand of center forward play to his new club and it fit seamlessly in his 40 minutes on the field. As his teammates learn his runs and they sync up their timing, his explosive runs in behind are going to be tough to contain.
There already seems to be a connection developing with Jack Grealish, who had the assist on the goal. A swashbuckling forward partnership with Haaland could bring the best out of Grealish after a rough first season with the Citizens.
Haaland also led the forward press for Man City, which caused issues for Bayern, especially in the first half. The Premier League champions were buzzing as a group before the weather delay in the 13th minute interrupted their flow. It proved tough for Man City to regain that momentum given the choppiness of the rest of the match between the shortened halves, the five-minute halftime break, and the steady stream of subs.
Manchester City vs Bayern Munich final score
MCI — Erling Haaland (Jack Grealish, Kevin De Bruyne) — 12th min.
Man City 1st Half (4-3-3, right to left): Ederson — Cancelo, Dias, Ake, Wilson-Esbrand — De Bruyne, Rodri, Silva — Mahrez, Haaland, Grealish
Man City 2nd Half (4-3-3, right to left): Ederson — Cancelo, Dias (Walker), Ake, Wilson-Esbrand (Lewis) — De Bruyne, Rodri, Silva (Phillips) — Mahrez (Palmer), Alvarez, Grealish
Bayern Munich 1st Half (3-5-2, right to left): Neuer — Pavard, Upamecano, Hernandez — Coman, Sabitzer, Kimmich, Sane, Davies — Muller, Gnabry
Bayern Munich 2nd Half (3-5-2, right to left): Ulreich — Pavard (Stanisic), Upamecano (De Ligt), Hernandez (Nianzou) — Coman (Mazraoui), Sabitzer (Gravenberch), Kimmich, Sane (Musiala), Davies (Wanner) — Muller (Zirkzee), Gnabry (Vidovic)
Man City vs Bayern live updates, highlights from preseason friendly
Final: Manchester City 1, Bayern Munich 0
Erling Haaland vs Bayern Munich | Manchester City Debut
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The match winner at Lambeau Field ?
What a debut for Erling Haaland! pic.twitter.com/PxxWMmYdUr
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78th min.: Manchester City hit the post! It’s Rico Lewis who came on as a sub just moments before who had the attempt.
70th min.: Five subs for Bayern to play out the last 10 minutes, while Man City bring on Rico Lewis for Josh Wilson-Esbrand.
66th min.: A sellout is announced at Lambeau Field with 78,128 in attendance.
65th min.: Man City SUBS — Kalvin Phillips is on for Bernardo Silva and Cole Palmer will man the right wing in place of Riyad Mahrez.
59th min.: Riyad Mahrez takes a shot that’s stopped by Bayern ‘keeper Ulreich after a nice De Bruyne solo run.
53rd min.: Bayern SUBS — De Ligt, Musiala and Gravenberch are on for Sane, Sabitzer and Upamecano.
Man City SUB — Kyle Walker replaced Ruben Dias in the Man City defense.
45th min.: Sven Ulreich takes over for Manuel Neuer in goal for Bayern to start this shortened half.
43rd min.: Haaland is out of the game and Julian Alvarez has taken his place at center forward, and sends a diagonal shot that finishes wide right. Aggressive start by the Argentine.
41st min.: And just like that the second 40 minutes are underway. A reminder that due to the previous weather delay the match will feature two 40-minute halves. We’ve got subs on both sides.
Halftime: Man City 1, Bayern 0
Halftime: That was a strong half from Manchester City with their new center forward. Their understanding and chemistry stood out, especially when compared to a Bayern side that is still finding itself post-Lewandowski transfer. Bayern lost the ball plenty to Man City press and created very little.
This angle of Haaland’s debut goal for Man City ? pic.twitter.com/EbZSiNfOyl
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40th min.: Haaland scores, but the flag comes up! Bernardo Silva was offside before feeding Haaland. And a shortened first half comes to a close at Lambeau Field.
It’s just a five-minute halftime that we’ll have here as players stay on the field.
38th min.: Big chance for Bayern! Alphonso Davies touches a ball into the middle of the six-yard box, where an oustretched Serge Gnabry can’t get to it. He remains on the ground in despair. Gnabry is playing the Lewandowski center forward position tonight.
36th min.: Haaland with another chance! Jack Grealish finds him again and Haaland’s first-time shot finishes wide of the target. Those two are combining well.
35th min.: Yellow card shown to Joshua Kimmich for a foul on Jack Grealish.
31st min.: Man City with back-to-back corners and they can’t convert, though their players are getting to the balls. It’s been a strong display from Pep Guardiola’s men so far.
29th min.: Man City so far with the upper hand when it comes to possession and attacking buildups. Opportunities have been harder to come by for Bayern.
20th min.: Bayern shot! Marcel Sabitzer intercepts a ball in the Man City half and unleashes a 25-yard missile that finishes just wide of the net.
16th min.: Haaland with another dangerous run, but Dayot Upamecano applies the slide tackle just as Haaland was about to uncork a shot. Nothing comes of the corner. Haaland is causing headaches.
13th min.: We’re underway again and Man City get a set piece opportunity with Nathan Ake heading over the bar.
8:10 p.m. ET: The update from the broadcast is that the teams are getting 15 minutes of warmups with a restart time of 8:25 p.m. ET. The teams will also play 40 minute halves with a five-minute halftime given the delay.
7:46 p.m. ET: According to the ESPN match broadcast, the organizers are hoping the teams can get out there again at 8:15 p.m. ET (in about 30 minutes).
13th min.: And just a minute later the referee orders the teams off the field with lightning in the area.
End of the world going well pic.twitter.com/7CB4uWlVa1
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12th min.: Haaland goal! Jack Grealish sends the ball across the six-yard box and a sliding Haaland puts it home.
ERLING HAALAND DEBUT GOAL! ?
Man City 1-0 Bayern Munich pic.twitter.com/LzZiEfkiLU
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10th min.: Ball toward Erling Haaland, but it’s just out of his reach. He hasn’t been involved much 10 minutes into his debut.
7th min.: Bayern put the ball into the back of the net through Serge Gnabry, but the offside flag comes up! There are also reports of more lightning in the area, but the match proceeds as normal.
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5th min.: And now it’s Jack Grealish with a an attempt. He drives a first-time shot into the ground which finishes wide left. Man City are swarming Bayern Munich in their own half and the German side is having a hard time getting out.
4th min.: Kevin De Bruyne already threatening from midfield! He’s put through down the inside left channel and fires a diagonal shot that finishes just wide.
1st min.: Bayern Munich kick off the bench wearing white. Man City are in their traditional blue kits.
7:06 p.m. ET: Kickoff is reportedly set for 7:15 p.m. ET.
Kickoff at 6:15 CT due to a lightning delay. https://t.co/e4E2aGovWO
— Matt Thielen (@MattThielen) July 23, 2022
6:55 p.m. ET: Kickoff is delayed by 30 minutes in Green Bay due to lightning.
Fans are being asked to leave their seats and the players are leaving the pitch due to a lightning storm in the area.
— Joe Bray (@_joebray) July 23, 2022
— Martin Blackburn (@SunMartinB) July 23, 2022
6:30 p.m. ET: The scene from pitchside:
Good place this pic.twitter.com/XXOTrSMrVH
— Jack Gaughan (@Jack_Gaughan) July 23, 2022
6 p.m. ET: Legendary NFL stadium Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers, will be hosting the match between the Premier League champions and Bundesliga title holders:
Matchday in Green Bay!
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Manchester City vs Bayern Munich lineups
Haaland got the start, with captain Ruben Dias also in the XI after sitting out the first game. Stefan Ortega, Kalvin Phillips and Julian Alvarez all made their Man City debuts in a 2-1 win over Club America and started on the bench against Bayern.
Phil Foden, John Stones, Aymeric Laporte and Ilkay Gundogan did not travel to the USA, with The Athletic reporting that Gundogan’s vaccination status was the cause.
Man City starting lineup (4-3-3, right to left): 31-Ederson (GK) — 7-Joao Cancelo, 3-Ruben Dias, 6-Nathan Ake, 97-Josh Wilson-Esbrand — 17-Kevin De Bruyne, 16-Rodri, 20-Bernardo Silva — 26-Riyad Mahrez, 9-Erling Haaland, 10-Jack Grealish
Man City subs (12): 18-Stefan Ortega (GK), Scott Carson (GK), 2-Kyle Walker, 79-Luke Mbete, 94-Finley Burns, 82-Rico Lewis, 4-Kalvin Phillips, 87-James McAtee, 80-Cole Palmer, 37-Kayky, 52-Oscar Bobb, 96-Ben Knight, 48-Liam Delap, 19-Julian Alvarez
Bayern Munich crushed MLS side D.C. United 6-2 with six different scorers finding the back of the net, including newcomer Matthijs de Ligt, who starts on the bench against Man City.
After picking up his Africa Player of the Year award in Morocco, Sadio Mane traveled back to Munich, where he will be joined by the rest of the team as they prepare for next weekend’s German Super Cup match against RB Leipzig.
Leon Goretzka is out six to eight weeks after knee surgery. Bouna Sarr and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting were also unavailable
Bayern Munich starting lineup (3-5-2, right to left): 1-Manuel Neuer (GK) — 5-Benjamin Pavard, 2-Dayot Upamecano, 21-Lucas Hernandez — 11-Kingsley Coman, 18-Marcel Sabitzer, 6-Joshua Kimmich, 10-Leroy Sane, 19-Alphonso Davies — 25-Thomas Muller, 7-Serge Gnabry
Bayern Munich subs (14): 26-Sven Ulreich (GK), 45-Jakob Thomas Mayer (GK), 4-Matthijs de Ligt, 40-Noussair Mazraoui, 44-Josip Stanisic, 23-Tanguy Nianzou, 47-David Herold, 14-Paul Wanner, 28-Gabriel Vidovic, 38-Ryan Gravenberch, 43-Adrian Fein, 42-Jamal Musiala, 32-Joshua Zirkzee, 46-Lucas Copado
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Man City vs Bayern Munich TV channel, live stream
|Date||Sun., July 24||Sat., July 23||Sat., July 23||Sun., July 24|
|Time||00:00 BST||19:00 ET||19:00 ET||09:00 AEST|
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U.K. & Canada: The match will be available to watch on Manchester City streaming platform City+.
USA: ESPN will be carrying the match on TV and streaming platform ESPN+. ESPN and ESPN Deportes will televise the match and both can be streamed on fuboTV.
Australia: ESPN2 will be showing Man City vs. Bayern in Australia, with City+ also streaming the match.
Man City in Premier League 2022/23 TV channels, live streams
|TV channel||Sky Sports, BT Sport||USA Network, Telemundo, Universo||—||—|
|Streaming||NOW TV, Sky Go, Amazon Prime||fuboTV, Peacock||fuboTV||Optus Sport|
U.K.: Matches are carried across Sky Sports and BT Sport streaming and TV platforms, with select matches on Amazon Prime.
USA: Select matches are televised on USA Network (English) and Telemundo or Universo (Spanish), and all three channels can be streamed on fuboTV. The rest of the matches are streamed on NBC platform Peacock for subscribers.
Canada: Every Premier League game streams live and on demand exclusively via fuboTV.
Australia: Fans in Australia can stream matches live and on demand on Optus Sport.