Manchester City overcame a two goal deficit to beat Yokohama Marinos 5-3 in their first Pre Season game played at the JapanNational Stadium in Tokyo.
games’s first real opening arrived in the 25th minute as Cole Palmer [City] saw his powerful effort strung the palms of Ichimori Jun in goal for the Japanese outfit as the ball landed into safety.
Two minutes after, Kevin Muscat’s men took the lead courtesy of an effort by Anderson Lopes. They doubled their lead 10 minutes later when Ken Matsubara found the back of the net.
However , City responded in swift fashion, grabbing two late first half goals to drew level before the break. Before the breakthrough arrived for City, Nathan Ake saw his header struck the woodwork. John Stones scored City’s first in the 40th minute before Julian Alvarez struck the equalizer two minutes before the break.
At the start of the second half, Pep Guardiola made 10 changes to the starting eleven – with Stefan Ortega in goal for City the only one left for the 2nd half.
The changes didn’t do City any damage as they went into the lead for the first time in the game eight minutes after the restart. Erling Haaland [one of the 10 substitutes] showed strength in box and found the far corner, beyond the reach of Ichimori Jun.
The Treble winner extended their lead courtesy of a goal by Rodri. The Spanish International simply pass the ball into the back of net from a longe range strike by Arymeric Laporte in the 72nd minute.
The Japanese outfit pulled a goal back with four minutes left from regulation time courtesy of an effort by Kenta Inoue. In added time, Erling Haaland got his second and City’s fifth to confirm the win.
Elsewhere, Tottenham Hotspurs’ game against Leicester City at the Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok was cancelled due to a waterlogged pitch. Match officials advised that the pitch is unplayable and unsafe following the heavy down pour in Bangkok.