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Raheem Sterling scores on Manchester City debut

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Raheem Sterling took just 140 seconds to score his first goal for Manchester City following his £49 million move from Liverpool last week. 

Having flown out to join the team on their pre-season tour of Australia, Sterling was rumoured to be making his first appearance for the Blues in their opening game of the International Champions Cup against Roma.

As it transpired, Sterling started the game and, after a shaky start during which he slipped and fell - much to the amusement of the watching crowd - he quickly began to repay the record fee paid for him by running onto a through ball and slipping a neat finish past the Italian's keeper in just the third minute of the match.

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Entertaining game

Miralem Pjanic equalised soon after with an excellent long range effort, but Sterling continued to trouble Roma and had a strong penalty appeal turned down when he appeared to be tripped by Alessandro Florenzi only for the referee to wave play on. 

There were wholesale changes after half-time, with Sterling one of those players brought off and a poor Ashley Cole back pass let youngster Kelechi Iheanacho restore City's lead early in the second half. 

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City looked to be heading for a win in the first game of the tournament when, three minutes from time, Adem Ljajic scored a free kick from the edge of the area to restore parity and force a penalty shoot out.

Hero Hart

Despite Aleksandar Kolarov sending the first penalty over the crossbar, Joe Hart made two saves and scored a kick of his own to secure a 5-4 win for the Blues who will play Real Madrid on Friday after the Spaniards lost 7-6 on penalties with Roma after a 0-0 draw. 

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