Premier League

  • 9’ Y. Touré
  • 24’ Y. Touré
  • 59’ V. Kompany
0 Half Time 2
11/08/2015
Premier League
The Hawthorns
Attendance 24,564

    Timeline

    • KICK OFF
    • EXTRA TIME
    • 90'
      There is the final whistle!
    • HALF TIME
    • 90'
      MYHILL MAKES THE SAVE! Kolarov attempts to whip the free kick into the bottom corner but the Welshman gets across to parry it away! He may have conceded three tonight but he can be pleased with some aspects of his performance.
    • 45'
      There is the half-time whistle!
    • 90'
      Yacob is once more guilty of bringing Silva to ground wide on the left. The Spaniard has been extremely impressive tonight. Could this set-piece provide the Citizens with a fourth?
    • 0'
      City subsequently sit top of the table after one game, while West Brom prop everyone else up from the bottom. That's all we have time for tonight. Thanks for joining me, Tom Webber, and have a great night!
    • 0'
      FULL TIME - West Brom 0-3 Man City: The Citizens get their season off to the perfect start, beating the Baggies thanks to a pair of goals from Toure and a header from Kompany. Pellegrini's men have managed something neither Chelsea nor Arsenal could - win their opening fixture of the 2015-16 Premier
    • 0'
      The teams are back out on the pitch and there is to be a change from Pulis with Yacob coming on for McClean.
    • 0'
      HALF TIME - West Brom 0-2 Man City: The visitors lead thanks to two goals from Toure in a completely dominant half of football. It's been a difficult evening for the Baggies as they've been unable to contain the positivity of Pellegrini's men. A change of shape has helped but they will need to vastl
    • 0'
      The teams are out on the pitch so kick off will be upon us in a few short moments.
    • 0'
      West Brom's last win against Man City on their own turf came back in December 2008, when a late Roman Bednar goal sank the Citizens, then coached by Mark Hughes. The Baggies beat Chelsea here late last season and would love to kick off the new campaign with a similar result.
    • 0'
      This will be a huge night for Sterling following his big-money move from Liverpool. The forward will be expected to take his game to another level in Manchester in order to warrant the fee that brought him in from Anfield. Bony, too, will want to make a mark tonight to try and stake his claim for a
    • 0'
      Man City bench: Caballero, Zabaleta, Denayer, Demichelis, Nasri, Iheanacho, Aguero.
    • 0'
      Man City (4-4-2): Hart; Sagna, Kompany, Mangala, Kolarov; Navas, Toure, Fernandinho, Silva; Sterling, Bony.
    • 0'
      West Brom bench: Rose, Olsson, Jacob, McManaman, Sessegnon, Anichebe, Ideye.
    • 0'
      West Brom (4-4-2): Myhill, Chester, Dawson, Lescott, Brunt; Morrison, Gardner, Fletcher, McClean; Lambert, Berahino.
    • 0'
      MAN CITY TEAM NEWS: David Silva is declared fit enough for a place in the starting line-up following illness but Samir Nasri and Sergio Aguero both begin among the substitutes. Raheem Sterling debuts from the start alongside Wilfried Bony in attack, while Pablo Zabaleta is held back after his Copa A
    • 0'
      WEST BROM TEAM NEWS: The signing of Salomon Rondon from Zenit St Petersburg has been completed by the Baggies today but he is unavailable for tonight’s clash. Rickie Lambert, another new signing, therefore starts in attack alongside Saido Berahino and Boaz Myhill begins between the posts with Ben Fo
    • 0'
      The title winners from the past five season have all started their season on a Monday night. A win tonight could encourage some West Brom fans to start dreaming about a maiden Premier League trophy lift, but City are no doubt considered more realistic contenders!
    • 0'
      Hello and welcome to tonight's LIVE coverage of the final match in the first round of Premier League fixtures as West Bromwich Albion welcome Manchester City to the Hawthorns. The hosts were guided away from the relegation zone by the arrival of Tony Pulis last season and will be eager for futher im
    • 1'
      City get us underway at the Hawthorns!
    • 3'
      The Citizens are applying all of the early pressure, with the Baggies defending with two lines of four. Sterling has started from the left wing with Navas on the right and Silva playing in behind Bony.
    • 4'
      Silva drifts in off the right before pulling the trigger only to have his effort on goal blocked by Morrison. He picks up the rebound and moves it on to Sterling, but his pass out to the left is poor and West Brom come away with possession. The former Liverpool man is coming in for some rough treatm
    • 5'
      Gardner gets a talking to from the referee following his tug back on Sterling as the forward looked to charge into the Baggies' half on the break. The official clearly feels it is a little too early for a card, as it could well have warranted one on another night.
    • 7'
      The hosts are affording City plenty of time in possession and at the moment they are using it fairly well, knocking it around and probing for an opening. Sagna is released at the byline but his delivery into the box is too deep for Bony to attack.
    • 9'
      G Y. Touré Assist Jesús Navas
    • 9'
      Jesús Navas gave the assist.
    • 9'
      GOOOOOAAAAL!! CITY LEAD! It hasn't taken long for Pellegrini's men to break the deadlock, but it's a fairly fortuitous goal that does it! Navas cuts the ball back to Toure at the top of the box and he mishits a shot towards the far corner. It rolls along the deck but seemingly takes a nick off Silva
    • 11'
      City continue to control possession and will be full of confidence following that early strike. West Brom are proving very passive in these opening stages with the visitors dictating the play.
    • 13'
      STAT: The Citizens have won five of their last six matches on the opening day of the Premier League, drawing one.
    • 15'
      McClean gets involved in an attacking sense for the first time this evening, pushing up on the left and driving a low cross into the middle. He is unable to find a team-mate, though, and the City defence get it clear at the first attempt. The home fans let out a roar of encouragement, though.
    • 16'
      Silva picks out Sterling at the top of the box and the forward tries to turn Lescott and get a shot away. He loses his footing as he attempts to spin, though, and the Baggies get it clear. The ball is quickly sent to McClean who is felled by Fernandinho as the Brazilian decides to halt a potential c
    • 18'
      Sterling is again involved for the visitors but his attempt to play a first-time pass into Bony is poor and loops over the Ivorian. Lescott is hand to nod the ball back to Myhill and West Brom reset the play. It doesn't take long for Pellegrini's men to regain the ball, though.
    • 20'
      Almost another for City! Sterling initiates a one-two with Silva on the left-hand side of the box and the Spaniard's return pass sends him to the byline. He fires it into the centre and West Brom fail to deal with it. The ball eventually falls to Bony but his sliding strike is deflected away from go
    • 21'
      Pulis' men instantly go on the counterattack and Gardner whips a cross in from the right flank. Hart comes from his line to claim it but can only get it under control at the second attempt.
    • 23'
      With the visitors enjoying so much of the possession you sense that it won't be too long until they get another. West Brom kept 10 clean sheets in 18 league games under Pulis last season, but they look vulnerable here.
    • 24'
      G Y. Touré Assist Jesús Navas
    • 24'
      Assist by W. Bony.
    • 24'
      GOOOOAAAAAL!! TOURE MAKES IT TWO! The Ivorian picks up the ball just outside the centre circle and drives forward. He plays a one-two around Morrison with his compatriot Bony before curling a sublime effort past Myhill and into the top corner! A super strike from the midfielder!
    • 26'
      Pulis looks forlorn on the touchline. Their plan to withstand the Citizens for as long as possible has crumbled and now they need to become a bit more adventurous and take an active, positive role in this fixture.
    • 28'
      West Brom have a free kick in a decent area as Fernandinho sends Gardner tumbling in a central area 30 yards from goal. Lambert is the man to strike it but he fails to hit the target, curling his effort high of the bar. Hart was scrambling across his goal but knew that was going to worry him!
    • 30'
      Berahino has pulled out onto the right now and he picks up the ball in a deep area. He pushes inside and Morrison overlaps him, so he rolls a pass for him to the byline. The subsequent cross is poor, though, and flies straight into the side netting. The Baggies clearly looking for more control in th
    • 31'
      JUST WIDE! Fernandinho releases Kolarov with an excellent pass out to the left and the Serbian races onto it. He spots Bony hanging back at the top of the box and rolls the ball to him. The Ivorian shoots first time but his effort deflects off Dawson and narrowly misses the target!
    • 33'
      The Baggies are beginning to look long for Lambert now, with the striker yet to really get involved in the action. After a disappointing spell at Liverpool he will be eager for a good start to his career at the Hawthorns.
    • 35'
      Lambert draws a foul from Mangala as he looks to bring down a long pass and the referee awards him a free kick. It is clipped into the box by the hosts but City are quick to repel the delivery.
    • 37'
      STAT: Pellegrini’s men finished the 2014-15 season with six successive wins. As things stand they look set to continue that run into the new campaign, unless, of course, West Brom can begin a comeback as soon as possible.
    • 39'
      D. Fletcher is yellow-carded.
    • 39'
      The game's first yellow card is shown to Fletcher following a late tackle on Silva. The Spaniard had skipped away from him and the former Manchester United man made sure he didn't progress any further!
    • 41'
      WHAT A CHANCE! Sterling passes up a fantastic chance to score a debut goal after being set free behind the West Brom defence. He produces a poor shot which is close enough to Myhill for the keeper to block! He really ought to be scoring there! The hosts attack and have a goal correctly ruled out for
    • 43'
      That move has raised spirits inside the Hawthorns, though! Berahino whips a cracking ball in from the rigth wing but it bounces up at too difficult of a height for McClean to do anything with it. Another chance is created for the visitors moments later, though, with Kolarov having a shot deflected o
    • 45'
      There will be one minute of added time here.
    • 46'
      SI C. Yacob SO Jesús Navas
    • 46'
      C. Yacob enters the game and replaces J. McClean.
    • 46'
      We are back underway!
    • 47'
      Myhill to the rescue once more! Silva sets Sterling away down the left and he carries the ball into the box from the wing. Dawson forces him to go around the outside and the England international does just that, driving to the byline and poking a shot towards goal. From such an acute angle it is dif
    • 49'
      JUST OVER! Another foul from Fernandinho results in a free kick to West Brom in a great area. Lambert again takes on the responsibility and this time his effort is much better! Hart is forced to dive across his goal but the striker's attempt hits the roof of the net on its way behind!
    • 51'
      Fernandinho is cautioned by the referee.
    • 51'
      ANOTHER GREAT CHANCE! Morrison dinks a lovely pass over the top of the defence for Berahino to latch onto. The striker may have been slightly offside but the flag stays down. Despite that he fails to take advantage, micuing a shot straight into the arms of Hart!
    • 52'
      Fernandinho now joins Fletcher in the book for persistent fouling no doubt. The resultant free kick is sent into the box by Gardner but is cleared for a corner from which the hosts fail to create anything.
    • 54'
      Silva loops a pass out to Sterling and this time the forward looks to come inside and get a shot away with his right foot. He overruns the ball, though, and is dispossessed by Yacob who brings it away to the adulation of the crowd.
    • 56'
      Silva has been superb this evening and he continues his fantastic showing by getting away from Yacob and Lescott to attack along the byline on the right. He stabs the ball across the face of goal but no one makes a run to get on the end of it!
    • 57'
      C. Gardner receives a yellow card.
    • 57'
      Gardner becomes the latest player to be shown a yellow card for a lunging tackle that cleans out Navas. He prevented a counterattack but it has cost him a booking.
    • 58'
      J. Chester gets yellow.
    • 58'
      Silva gets away with a tackle out on the far side but moments later Chester clips the heels of Sterling after being caught in possession. The crowd aren't happy as the referee again decides to pull out his yellow card for the Baggies player, despite letting the Spaniard off!
    • 59'
      G V. Kompany Assist Jesús Navas
    • 59'
      David Silva provided the assist.
    • 59'
      GOOOOOOOOAAAAL!! CITY GRAB A THIRD THROUGH KOMPANY! More fantastic play from Silva sees him somehow work the space next to the byline and get a cross into the centre which is nodded behind. The Spaniard takes the set-piece himself and finds the captain who loops a brilliant effort into the far corne
    • 61'
      It's hard to begrudge City this lead. West Brom have been vastly improved since the restart but the individual quality in the Citizens' ranks is seeing them through this one at the moment.
    • 62'
      C. Yacob goes into the referee's book.
    • 63'
      SI S. Agüero SO Jesús Navas
    • 63'
      S. Agüero enters play, replacing W. Bony.
    • 63'
      Yacob becomes the fourth Baggies player to go into the book for a challenge on Silva. Kolarov decides to go for goal directly from the free kick but produces a poor effort which sails over the top! Following that effort Pellegrini withdraws Bony for Aguero.
    • 64'
      Morrison dribbles towards the top of the box and attempts to take on Mangala but the Frenchman keeps him at bay with a strong tackle. His clearance is gathered by the hosts and Gardner uses it to fire a cross in for Lambert. The striker was in an offside position even though Hart denied him.
    • 65'
      Aguero gets his first shot of the night away but it is blocked at the top of the box by Dawson. City aren't settling for the three goals that they already have.
    • 67'
      Gardner pings in a great corner from the left that Dawson attacks in the centre. The defender connects with a header but it goes wide of the target following a slight touch from Kolarov. Regardless, it didn't look to be worrying Hart.
    • 69'
      Brunt launches a throw into the box, aiming for Lambert. It is flicked on and the bounce almost catches Kompany out but he manages to get it clear at the last.
    • 71'
      STAT: City have been victorious in four of their last five visits to the Hawthorns in the Premier League.
    • 73'
      Brunt's deliveries from set-pieces have been brilliant and his latest forces Hart to come from his line and punch it clear. The hosts get it back into the box but this time Mangala heads it behind. Another corner follows and again the City keeper gets his fists to it. The relief doesn't last long, t
    • 74'
      SI S. Nasri SO Jesús Navas
    • 74'
      SI V. Anichebe SO Jesús Navas
    • 74'
      V. Anichebe comes on for R. Lambert.
    • 74'
      S. Nasri enters the game and replaces R. Sterling.
    • 74'
      Lambert's debut comes to an end as he makes way for Anichebe. City also make a change with Sterling going off to a chorus of boos with Nasri taking his place.
    • 76'
      The hosts continue to look for a consolation goal, but if they overcommit they could well be caught on the counterattack. None of the substitutes have had much of an impact this evening, with Aguero receiving very little service since coming on.
    • 77'
      STRAIGHT AT HART! Anichebe plays Brunt in with a delightful backheel and the left-back picks out Morrison with his delivery. The midfielder gets his head to the cross but fails to put it to either side of the keeper, who collects it at the second attempt.
    • 79'
      STAT: Silva has scored in three of his last four appearances against the Baggies. That may improve if he is awarded the night's first goal, which he is surely going to claim.
    • 80'
      SI M. Demichelis SO Jesús Navas
    • 80'
      SI C. McManaman SO Jesús Navas
    • 80'
      C. McManaman comes on for S. Berahino.
    • 80'
      M. Demichelis enters the game and replaces Y. Touré.
    • 80'
      Both coaches use their final changes, with McManaman replacing Berahino for the hosts and Demichelis taking Toure's spot for the remainder.
    • 82'
      Yacob concedes another free kick following an overzealous challenge on Silva, though the referee lets him off without a second yellow card. The Spaniard flights it deep into the box and Kompany fails to connect, leaving the ball to roll out on the far side.
    • 83'
      Anichebe holds off Kompany at the top of the box, using his chest to control the ball before looking to spin in behind. The Belgian gets a toes to it but Brunt is on hand to pounce on the loose ball. However, Sagna slides in and does enough to put the left-back off it!
    • 85'
      City are just calmly knocking the ball around in the West Brom half now. Sagna and Navas combine on the right in a move that releases the Spaniard but his cross is poor and ends up with Kolarov all the way out by the sideline on the opposite flank.
    • 87'
      Anichebe has been bright since coming on. Again he does well to hold off Kompany and use his pace to get away from him before slamming a shot towards the corner which Hart is able to hold.
    • 88'
      Aguero comes in off the left, pulling defenders along with him before teeing up Nasri with a backheel. The Frenchman's shot is deflected out of play and the resultant corner is taken short by Navas.
    • 89'
      ANOTHER GOOD SAVE FROM MYHILL! Silva controls a cross exquisitely but has his shot blocked by Dawson. The ball falls kindly for Aguero but his effort is kept out by the keeper at his near post! The Welshman has made some impressive stops in this half.
    • 90'
      Silva is felled inside the box but the referee does not award the visitors with a penalty. There will be a minimum of three added minutes now.
    • FULL TIME

    Line Up

    ACTIVE
    Midfielder
    brazil
    Fernandinho
    25

    SUBSTITUTES

    MANAGERS

    england
    Sam Allardyce
    spain
    Josep Guardiola

    Statistics

    OVERVIEW

    Possession 0% 0%
    Effective Chances 0 0
    Shots on Target 0 0
    Turnovers 0 0

    POSSESSION

    Passes 0 0
    Passing Accuracy 0% 0%
    Passing Accuracy in opponent’s half 0% 0%
    Crosses 0 0
    Crossing accuracy 0% 0%

    ATTACK

    Shots 0 0
    Shots outside the box 0 0
    Shots inside the box 0 0
    Shooting accuracy 0% 0%

    DEFENCE

    Tackles 0 0
    Effective Tackles 0% 0%
    Blocked Shots 0 0
    Clearances 0 0
    Saves 0 0

    DISCIPLINE

    Fouls Conceded 12 9
    Yellow Cards 4 1
    Red Cards 0 0
    Offsides 0 0

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