Manchester City’s £100m midfielder Jack Grealish scored his first goal for the defending Champions in a bizarre fashion as the side returned to winning ways by thrashing Norwich.
Manchester City welcomed Norwich to the Etihad Stadium for their Premier League clash on Saturday afternoon. Guardiola’s side were looking to get off the mark for the season after losing their opening game against Tottenham Hotspurs last weekend.
It only took The Citizens seven minutes to take the lead at their home ground. The first goal was pretty lucky as it was swung in by Gabriel Jesus as he looked for Ferran Torres inside the box.
Grant Hanley intercepted the cross but his clearance smashed into the unfortunate Tim Krul and went into the net.
Jack Grealish was making his first appearance for City in front of his own fans since his £100m move from Aston Villa in the summer.
He opened his account for the club 15 minutes later and it was another fluke.
Jesus once again swung the ball into the box as he looked for Torres.
The Spaniard couldn’t get a touch but the ball just hit Grealish on the knee at the back post and trickled into the net.
What a screamer that is…
It was very fortunate for Grealish but he didn’t care one bit.
The 25-year-old put his hands in his ears as he wheeled away in celebration.
There were no further goals as City held a 2-0 lead going into half-time.
They were very comfortable in the first half and it looks as if they will cruise to their first three points of the season.
On the second half, Aymeric Laporte added the third, steering home a corner from close range, before Jesus capped an impressive and unselfish performance by guiding Kyle Walker’s through ball across the face of the six-yard box for substitute Raheem Sterling to sweep home City’s. fourth.
Riyad Mahrez also came off the bench to round off the rout, beating Krul one-on-one to hand Norwich successive 5-0 defeats at Etihad Stadium, having lost there by the same score on their previous visit in July 2020.
At the end of the match, Grealish grabbed all the glory but Jesus shone the brightest.