Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Man City: 5-3 comeback victory over Yokohama F. Marinos at a sold-out Japan National Stadium in Tokyo

The J1 League champions had the first sight of goal, nicking the ball in midfield and driving at Ortega Moreno’s box but eventually blazing a shot over.

The winger cut in from the right, played a one-two and drilled an effort at the near post that was well saved by Jun Ichimori in the Yokohama goal.

But John Stones converted from just inside the box after Julian Alvarez shuttled on a cutback from skipper-on-the-day Walker and Alvarez then added a quickfire second, capitalising on a poor pass out from F. Marinos.

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Yokohama, who gave Scottish champions a 6-4 hammering last week, surged into a 2-0 lead thanks to two beautifully crafted goals by Brazilian striker Anderson Lopes and Ken Matsubara inside the first 37 minutes.

Anderson Lopes latched onto the rebound after Stefan Ortega saved his initial shot, converting crisply into the bottom corner.

Right-back Ken Matsubara made it 2-0 only 10 minutes later, expertly steering home with his first touch after fellow full-back Katsuya Nagato had crossed into his path from the left wing.

The answers soon came in emphatic fashion as the goals flowed, and the 23-year-old has wasted little time in getting up and running ahead of the new season. Haaland came off the bench and scored twice in a 5-3 friendly win over Yokohama F Marinos in Japan.

The Blues were made to pay in the 37th minute when right-back Ken Matsubara broke beyond our defence and slid the ball past Ortega Moreno.

That sparked City into life and the lead was halved within three minutes, courtesy of John Stones.

Pep Guardiola changed all 10 outfield players at the break and the tourists took control when play resumed. Within seven minutes of the restart Haaland had hit the net, shooting on the turn to make it 3-2 before Champions League final match-winner Rodri curled in a fourth.