‘Superstar’ Man City’s Holland delivers fiery fan service despite going scoreless

SEOUL, Aug. 30 (Yonhap) — English Premier League (EPL) “monster goalie” Elling Holland, 22, of Manchester City, who played a preseason match in South Korea, was applauded for giving it his all in front of local fans, making no secret of his desire to score during his 55 minutes on the pitch.Manchester City lost 1-2 to Spanish Primera Liga giants Atletico Madrid in a preseason friendly at Seoul World Cup Stadium in Mapo-gu, Seoul, at 8 p.m. on Tuesday.Holland, who started as a frontline striker, was active for 55 minutes until he was substituted in the 10th minute of the second half and left the field, but he did not record an attacking point.Holland shocked the world when he entered the EPL last season in a City jersey.He scored 36 goals in the EPL, including four hat tricks, and was the top scorer in the UEFA Champions League (UCL) with 12 goals.In all, he scored 52 goals in 53 official matches.Just 2000 years old, he spearheaded City’s FA Cup, EPL, and UCL triumphs, completing a “European treble” and winning the EPL Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards.With one of Europe’s most dominant clubs playing in Seoul, the atmosphere at Seoul World Cup Stadium rivaled that of City’s home ground, the Etihad Stadium.At 5 p.m., before kickoff, the temperature at Seoul World Cup Stadium rose to 35 degrees Celsius due to the intense sun and high humidity, but despite the sweltering conditions, fans used fans and mini-fans to keep cool as they waited for the City team bus carrying Holland to arrive at the stadium.At one point, the heat wave turned into a torrential downpour, much to the fans’ chagrin.The rain, which started pouring down around Mapo-gu at 6:30 p.m., about an hour and a half before kickoff, created puddles of water all over the stadium after about 30 minutes.The torrential downpour, which looked like a hole in the sky, impeded visibility, and kickoff was delayed by about 45 minutes.By 8:15 p.m., the rain had subsided, and as Holland and the rest of the City squad took the field to warm up, the crowd of more than 60,000 roared, and Holland responded by running lightly across the field and waving to the crowd.The crowd roared in anticipation as City’s public address announcer introduced the starting lineup, and when Holland’s name was called, the longest and loudest roar of the night erupted, as if the stadium was leaving.Some of the players warming up 카지노사이트 momentarily covered their ears with their hands as they were startled by the roar.The game began with a countdown, and within the first three minutes, Holland broke through the gates with his first touch of the day, a chest trap in the penalty area.Then in the seventh minute, after slipping through the defense and receiving a pass with his back to goal on the left side of the penalty area, Holland turned and fired a first-time left-footed shot straight at the keeper.Holland, who was responsible for the forward pressure up front, had a chance in the 16th minute when Jack Grealish sent in a cross from the left side of the penalty area, but his header narrowly missed the target.On the counter-attack in the 20th minute, Holland’s left-footed shot from the left penalty area was deflected off a defender and out of play.Holland, wearing a white headband, rose high to meet Aymeric Laporte’s cross in the 39th minute, but the ball went straight into the arms of the goalkeeper.Holland frowned slightly, as if the game wasn’t going his way.Just before halftime, he raised both hands in frustration when Rodrigo’s cross wasn’t directed at him, and he got into a brief altercation with Rodrigo on his way off the field.As the game heated up, with the nerves of a tournament game playing out in a preseason friendly, Holland didn’t hide his desire to score.He remained on the field in the second half, leaping to meet a ball from the edge of the box two minutes into the second half, only to be denied by another header.In the 10th minute of the second half, City made a number of substitutions, and after 55 minutes on the pitch, Holland went to the bench and the crowd applauded him for giving it his all.The crowd thundered again as he was shown on the scoreboard wiping the sweat from his brow and watching the game.After the game, Holland took a lap around the field and thanked each of the 60,000 people who had waited for him.He then jumped over a billboard and ran to the front of the stands, where he twice threw his jersey into the crowd, dazzling the Korean fans with his fiery fan service.

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