Manchester City thrash Bournemouth 4-0
Erling Haaland failed to score on his Manchester City home debut, but it didn’t matter to Pep Guardiola’s side, who swept Bournemouth aside with ease.
Haaland, who scored twice in his Premier League debut against West Ham last weekend, took 18 minutes to make his first touch, but it set up Ilkay Gundogan for City’s first goal.
City had dominated the game from the start, and it didn’t take long for more goals to arrive.
The ever mesmerising Kevin de Bruyne made it 2-0 with a dazzling solo strike, running to the corner of the area before bending the ball into the bottom corner with the outside of his boot.
And Phil Foden made sure of the points before half-time, running on to a De Bruyne pass and letting fly with a shot that Cherries keeper Mark Travers got his body behind but could not keep out.
Bournemouth spent most of their time defending in a compact 5-4-1 formation, and only forced Ederson into action once, through a Ben Pearson snap-shot from the edge of the area.
They never looked remotely capable of staging a comeback in the second half, which had turned into a stroll in the Manchester sunshine for the home side long before Jefferson Lerma’s own goal made it 4-0.
Lerma was trying to stop Joao Cancelo’s low cross from reaching substitute Bernardo Silva, but only succeeded in sending the ball spinning past Travers to complete an afternoon to forget for his team.
It seems surprising that City can register four goals and yet, Haaland would not score one, and this serves as a reminder of the goal threat the team possesses as a whole, and do not need to rely on the new striker.