Nanjing - Record
Manchester City signing Rodri made his debut and Raheem Sterling scored
twice as the Premier League champions came from behind to beat West Ham
United 4-1 on Wednesday in China.
West Ham took the lead with a Mark Noble penalty before City levelled
through David Silva, then Lukas Nmecha scored from the spot to give Pep
Guardiola's side the half-time lead.
England international Sterling, who enjoyed his best season last year
for club and country, scored a brace in the second half as West Ham's
defence went AWOL in Nanjing.
Guardiola fielded a mixture of first-team regulars and reserves with
Silva leading the side and Kevin De Bruyne, who missed most of last
season injured, a second-half substitute.
He was joined after the break by German winger Leroy Sane, who has been linked with a big-money move to Bayern Munich.
Spanish international midfielder Rodri joined City earlier this month on a five-year deal from Atletico Madrid.
The 23-year-old officially became a City player a day after the La
Liga club revealed the €70 million release clause in
his contract had been triggered.
City's arrival in China for the Premier League Asia Trophy had been delayed by two days because of an "administrative issue".
But if it bothered the English champions it did not show, Sterling
sealing a handsome City win with composed finishes on the hour and then
again soon after.
In the other match in the exhibition tournament, the scale of the
task facing new head coach Steve Bruce was laid bare as Newcastle United
were thrashed 4-0 by Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Bruce, whose appointment was confirmed just hours before kick-off,
will jet over to take charge of Newcastle's next friendly, against West
Ham, in Shanghai on Saturday.
It was only a low-key friendly, but the heavy defeat to Nuno Espirito
Santo's Wolves in Nanjing was more evidence that Newcastle are likely
to be battling relegation this season.
City face Wolves in the final.