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Participant rankings as Haaland brace downs Hammers

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Manchester Metropolis’s Premier League title defence started with a 2-0 win at West Ham United on Sunday.

Erling Haaland silenced his early critics to attain a brace on his league debut for Metropolis, who loved the lion’s share of possession and have been made to work via a dogged West Ham group.

The hosts made a quick begin with Aaron Cresswell crossing for Michail Antonio, however his near-post flick deflected behind for a nook and he headed over from a cross following the ensuing set piece.

Kevin De Bruyne dragged a shot from 18 yards extensive because the guests struggled to interrupt down their cussed hosts, whereas Haaland could not get a stable sufficient contact on a harmful Phil Foden cross.

Metropolis had the ball within the internet after 27 minutes when Ilkay Gundogan squared for De Bruyne to faucet in, however the flag was raised for a transparent offside in opposition to the German.

Substitute goalkeeper Alphonse Areola conceded a penalty quickly after changing the injured Lukasz Fabianski when he introduced down Haaland, who stepped up and rolled his spot kick into the far left nook to open the scoring.

A uncommon error from Gundogan led to Declan Rice getting a shot off, however his 20-yard strike sailed harmlessly excessive.

David Moyes introduced new signing Gianluca Scamacca and Mentioned Benrahma into the fold to try to capitalise on this faint upward trajectory, with the Algerian forcing Ederson right into a save quickly after his introduction.

However Metropolis hit West Ham on the break to double their lead as De Bruyne shortly turned and slipped via Haaland to seize his brace.

The gangly Norwegian was determined to seize a hat-trick and almost did so when he rose highest to fulfill Jack Grealish’s pacy cross, however he could not hold his header down.

A strong header from Scamacca introduced a high stretching save out of Ederson, however he was a number of yards offside when Vladimir Coufal crossed for him.

Rodri and Grealish dragged photographs extensive as Metropolis went looking for a 3rd, however they needed to accept simply the 2 targets.

Gianluca Scamacca

Scamacca got here on as a sub / Julian Finney/GettyImages

GK: Lukasz Fabianski – N/A – Substituted after 28 minutes with damage.

RB: Vladimir Coufal – 5/10 – Tucked inside quite a bit to let Grealish have free reign of the wing.

CB: Ben Johnson – 4/10 – Misplaced the run of Haaland main as much as the opener, although clearly you possibly can’t anticipate him to match that form of tempo.

CB: Kurt Zouma – 5/10 – Received his head on many Metropolis crosses.

LB: Aaron Cresswell – 5/10 – Like Coufal spent numerous the sport appearing as one other centre-back.

CM: Declan Rice – 5/10 – At the very least tried to get on the ball and play via Metropolis.

CM: Tomas Soucek – 5/10 – Hardly ever referred to as for the ball and did not present a lot within the bodily battle.

RM: Jarrod Bowen – 5/10 – Very quiet and did not profit from the scraps he was feeding off. Appeared barely extra threatening when moved centrally.

AM: Manuel Lanzini – 4/10 – Barely even seen that the Argentine was on the pitch.

LM: Pablo Fornals – 5/10 – Labored onerous however he too was a peripheral determine.

CF: Michail Antonio – 5/10 – Made himself an outlet and used his physicality effectively however did not get sufficient service.

Supervisor: David Moyes – 3/10 – Tried to alter the sport however the vitality was already too flat for his substitutes to actually galvanise the group.

SUB: Alphonse Areola (28′ for Fabianski) – 3/10 – Gave away a penalty to undo his facet’s good defensive work inside minutes of approaching.

SUB: Gianluca Scamacca (57′ for Antonio) – 5/10 – An honest goal man however West Ham wanted extra than simply that to get again into the match.

SUB: Mentioned Benrahma (57′ for Lanzini) – 5/10 – Received on the ball quite a bit and tried to make issues occur.

SUB: Flynn Downes (90′ for Bowen) – N/A

SUB: Conor Coventry (90′ for Fornals) – N/A

Alphonse Areola, Erling Haaland

Haaland grabs his second / Harriet Lander/Copa/GettyImages

GK: Ederson – 5/10 – Picked up an early knock however soldiered on. Not that he had a lot to do, thoughts.

RB: Kyle Walker – 6/10 – Usually leant his companies in midfield to assist Metropolis move their means via.

CB: Ruben Dias – 6/10 – Did not have numerous work to do however nonetheless made a meal of issues typically.

CB: Nathan Ake – 6/10 – Largely untroubled and progressed the ball properly.

LB: Joao Cancelo – 6/10 – Had some garish moments however equally made life tough for West Ham.

DM: Rodri – 7/10 – Managed the sport flawlessly. Hardly his fault that Metropolis performed with lethargy.

CM: Kevin De Bruyne – 7/10 – Lacked his normal leading edge and dynamism, however nonetheless aided Metropolis’s dominance and grabbed an help.

CM: Ilkay Gundogan – 8/10 – Pressed effectively and was typically the one taking part in Metropolis’s most incisive passes, together with the one resulting in Haaland’s penalty.

RW: Phil Foden – 5/10 – Performed effectively in bursts however not sufficient for Metropolis to depend on him as a constant outlet at present.

CF: Erling Haaland – 8/10 – Did not have too many touches however he was at all times asking questions of West Ham’s defence and pulling them aside.

LW: Jack Grealish – 6/10 – Walked round in a strop and principally attacked with out conviction or braveness, although did provide you with the odd second of inspiration.

Supervisor: Pep Guardiola – 6/10 – West Ham’s techniques meant that Guardiola may primarily handle the sport in cruise management.

SUB: Julian Alvarez (78′ for Haaland) – N/A

SUB: Bernardo Silva (78′ for Gundogan) – N/A

SUB: Cole Palmer (88′ for De Bruyne) – N/A

SUB: Riyad Mahrez (88′ for Foden) – N/A

SUB: Kalvin Phillips (88′ for Rodri) – N/A

Participant of the Match – Erling Haaland

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