Manchester City kicked off their pre-season preparations with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Mexican aspect Club America in Houston on Wednesday evening, with talisman Kevin De Bruyne offering a brace.
City supervisor Pep Guardiola fielded a robust beginning line-up, debuting goalkeeper Stefan Ortega and striker Julian Alvarez.
The new stopper was known as into motion inside three minutes, making a outstanding late save to disclaim left-back Luis Fuente’s curling header.
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There had been only a few clear possibilities earlier than De Bruyne opened the scoring after half an hour. The Belgian broke by two challenges and bent an exquisite strike into the nook from the sting of the field.
However, the Aguilas had been degree simply earlier than the break when striker Henry Martin latched onto a cross excessive earlier than doing effectively to elude Nathan Ake and beat Ortega by sliding a end between his legs.
However, the Mexican aspect couldn’t degree on the break, as De Bruyne struck once more. Moments after Jack Grealish had a serious penalty attraction waved away after being tripped within the field, the City goalscorer latched on to Riyad Mahrez’s wonderful cross from the suitable and stroked his personal end between the keeper’s legs to double.
Guardiola made a lot of modifications at half-time, together with the debut of midfielder Kalvin Phillips.
Grealish spurned an excellent likelihood to double the lead 5 minutes into the second interval when a one-handed save from substitute goalkeeper Oscar Francisco Jimenez denied him on the right track. De Bruyne then tried his luck once more from the sting of the field however discovered the keeper in his path.
Club America struggled to create something within the hunt for an equalizer and it ended 2-1 in Texas. Next up for City is a pleasant with Bayern Munich in Wisconsin.