All eyes had been on the prolific Norwegian after his Premier League bow introduced a match-winning brace at West Ham final weekend, however as an alternative it was Ilkay Gundogan, Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden who did the injury on the Etihad Stadium earlier than a late personal aim from Jefferson Lerma.
Haaland teed up Gundogan for the opener however completed the primary half with barely extra touches, 5, than Metropolis had objectives, three. There have been indicators of frustration however it will be exhausting to name the large Norwegian peripheral to affairs, his motion releasing up house for others to prosper.
He ought to have scored too – with Foden responsible of failing to sq. the ball for a simple early tap-in earlier than he scuffed a shot along with his last contact and was changed by Julian Alvarez halfway by means of the second half.
As a pall of blue smoke hung over the pitch from pre-match fireworks, Metropolis wasted no time in placing Bournemouth underneath relentless stress. Nathan Ake and Rodri each missed with unmarked headers as they gained six corners within the opening 10 minutes.
When a De Bruyne shot struck the heels of Foden, he swiftly managed and introduced a great save out of Mark Travers, however ignored the unmarked Haaland to his proper.
It took one other 10 minutes for Haaland to even register his first contact. When he did, it was an help.
He exchanged passes with Gundogan on the sting of the world, Haaland holding off two defenders to return the ball whereas off-balance, leaving Gundogan with the extra easy job of lashing the ball into the identical web the place his dramatic late aim gained the title for Metropolis 83 days earlier.
Haaland then mis-controlled a chance to attain himself, however Metropolis’s second was coming and arrived simply after the drinks break by means of a elegant second from De Bruyne.
The Belgian minimize in from the right-hand aspect and, as defenders converged on the sting of the penalty field, curled dwelling a shot with the skin of his boot.
Haaland was a spectator once more as Metropolis went 3-0 up seven minutes earlier than the break. Bournemouth ventured over the midway line for less than the third time within the match however had been swiftly hit on the counter.
Riyad Mahrez hoovered up a free go and performed in De Bruyne, who waited for the run of Foden earlier than slipping the ball by means of Chris Mepham’s legs for the England midfielder to use the end.
Haaland wants solely a sniff to come back alive, and he virtually had Metropolis’s fourth when he received a boot to a excessive ball close to the road, forcing Travers to tip a shot over.
Jack Grealish changed Foden on the break however Metropolis had been slower to get going, needing 10 minutes to threaten as Travers turned De Bruyne’s shot into the side-netting earlier than Gundogan bent an effort narrowly vast.
Lerma then made an important contact to maintain Kyle Walker’s cross away from Haaland in entrance of aim.
Haaland’s large second ought to have come within the 73rd minute when Grealish rolled the ball again to him on the penalty spot, however he scuffed a shot that went harmlessly vast – his last contact earlier than being changed by Alvarez.
The fourth aim got here on account of some tremendous play by Joao Cancelo to create house on the left-hand aspect of the penalty space.
His cross was supposed for substitute Bernardo Silva, introduced on to a rousing reception amid persevering with hyperlinks with Barcelona, however caught the heel of Lerma to deflect into the online.