Nanjing (China): 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 here Wednesday.
West Ham took the lead with a Mark Noble penalty before Manchester 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 here Nanjing.
Pep 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 Manchester City player a day after the La Liga club revealed the 70-million-euro ($78.5 million) release clause in his contract had been triggered.
Manchester City’s arrival in this country 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 with Raheem 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.