Manchester City defeated Bournemouth by two-goal-to-one in fiery and dramatic Premier League match played at Dean Court.
The first half of the game turned out to be an explosive encounter, with both sides scoring a goal apiece.
Eddie Howe set his team to play 3.5.2 formation which effectively neutralized Manchester City in the first twenty five minutes of the game. Bournemouth’s counter-pressing and passing game was operating at a tempo Manchester City could not contend with in the early exchanges.
Chalie Daniels, functioning as the wing-back on the left flank, scored Bournemouth goal when he fired a thunderous shot into the net from a ball headed out of Manchester City’s goalmouth by Vincent Kompany.
Jermaine Defoe almost added a second goal in the eighteenth minute of the game, but his shot inside the eighteen yard box was saved by Ederson Moraes.
City eventually found their rhythm and started to attack their opponent with increasing regularity, but the home side threw enough bodies behind their eighteen yard box that nullified the attacking threat of the Citizens.
Gabriel Jesus scored for City in the twenty first minute of the game. After receiving a pass from David Silva inside Bournemouth’s eighteen yard box, he gave the slip to his marker,Nathan Ake, before sweeping the ball into the net.
After City’s equalizer, they took complete control of the game; they pressed Bournemouth in their own half of the pitch as they sought to score a winning goal . Asmir Begovic made a brilliant double save of Fernadinho’s shot inside the eighteen yard box to prevent the visiting team from shooting into the lead.
City came into the second half and continued to enjoy the majority of ball possession, but they found it very difficult to penetrate the tangle of opponent’s legs fronting their eighteen yard box.
Bournemouth, though under intense pressure from the visiting team, were still very dangerous on the counter-attack. One of such attacking play saw Joshua king hitting the goalpost with his curling shot.
Manchester City had more incisiveness in their attacking play when Sergio Aguero was introduced into the game.
Nicholas Otamendi hit the post with his header from inside the eighteen yard box that could have given City the lead they so much desired.
As the minutes ticked away and City continued to experience difficulty in getting a winning goal, Pep Guardiola turned into a cynosure at the touch-line as he remonstrated with the assistant referee and Eddie Howe over every decision that went against his players.
The simmering tension in the game started to flare up in the last five minutes of official time, as some players fom both teams engaged in malicious challenges, two of which resulted in Raheem Sterling and Harry Arter joining the list of players that were yellow-carded.
The five minutes of additional time produced a fitting climax to the drama that had been playing out in the game. The central referee steps out of the pitch to call a visibly aggrieved Guardiola to order. Raheem Sterling scores in dying minutes of additional time in one of Manchester City’s offensive play; he runs into the boisterous crowd celebrating his winning goal with them; referee Mike Dean issues him a second yellow : and he sends him off the pitch.
Bournemouth’s players felt they hard done by, because the game exceeded the five minutes that was given for extra time, but Benik Afode had wasted some few minutes when he went down injured during the additional time.Mike Dean’s decision to allow the game to continue after the added time had expired was justified.
Manchester City showed so much determination to win this match even when the game was at its termination point, and they were dully rewarded with the winning goal by Raheem Sterling.