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Manuel Pellegrini delighted as Raheem Sterling nets early City goal

By Staff Reporter

Raheem Sterling scored less than three minutes into his Manchester City debut in a pre-season friendly in Australia.

The England forward, signed from Liverpool for £49million last week after an acrimonious transfer saga, found the net after just two minutes and 17 seconds against Roma at the vast Melbourne Cricket Ground.

The goal contributed to an entertaining contest in the International Champions Cup, which City went on to win 5-4 on penalties after a 2-2 draw at the end of 90 minutes.

Sterling's first touch in the game was inauspicious as he fell over the ball in the first minute but he more than made amends soon after.

The 20-year-old raced onto a clever chipped through-ball from the impressive Kelechi Iheanacho and coolly finished.

Sterling was taken off at half-time but manager Manuel Pellegrini was pleased.

He said: "It is always important for strikers to score. He has worked with our team for just a few days so I am very happy with the way he played.

"He demonstrated why he is here and his value as a player. He is a very young player so I think he will improve a lot in the future, playing with Yaya (Toure), David Silva and (Sergio) Aguero.

"I am very happy for him and very happy for our team to have bought him."

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