Premier League

  • R. Sterling 7’
  • W. Bony 11’
  • R. Sterling 29’
  • R. Sterling 45’
  • W. Bony 89’
  • 22’ G. Murray
Premier League
Etihad Stadium
Attendance 54,502


    • KICK OFF
    • 45'
      G R. Sterling Assist W. Bony
    • 45'
      GOOOOOOOOOAAAALLL!! It's a first-half hat-trick for Sterling! The former Liverpool man makes the most of Federici's bizarre decision to rush off his line and drives a shot underneath him to make it 4-1.
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      That's all from me, Matthew Judge, and it has been a great pleasure talking you through the six-goal encounter at the Etihad today. We hope you can join us again very soon. Take care and enjoy the rest of your weekend!
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      Next up for Man City is a home clash against Sevilla in the UEFA Champions League before facing Man United in the derby in their next league match. For Bournemouth, they'll need to dust themselves down quickly ahead of a visit from Tottenham Hotspur next weekend.
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      Bournemouth were quicker out of the traps in the first half with Otamendi needing to make an important tackle on Gosling after four minutes. But Man City took over soon after and could have won by more, in truth.
    • 0'
      Bony makes the most of his chance in place of Aguero as he scores a brace to help Man City down Bournemouth 5-1. Sterling grabs the other three as Federici helps the hosts with two of their first-half strikes.
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      Sterling stands out with a hat-trick to his name while the likes of Otamendi and De Bruyne have impressed for Pellegrini's charges, too. Bournemouth started the better of the two but it's all fallen to pieces for them.
    • 0'
      Boruc's injury during the warm-up hurts Bournemouth dearly as Federici serves up a shocker in the first half. He gifts Bony and Sterling a goal apiece as Man City head into the half-time interval 4-1 up.
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    • 0'
      And just when Bournemouth thought their injury crisis couldn't get any worse, first choice goalkeeper Artur Boruc has picked up a problem in the warm-up for today's game. Adam Federici now starts between the sticks.
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      We are just minutes away from seeing the action unfold here at the Etihad as both sets of players leave the tunnel alongside each other and enter onto the field.
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      BOURNEMOUTH substitutes: Bennett, Cargill, Pugh, MacDonald, Kermorgant, King.
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      BOURNEMOUTH (4-4-1-1): Federici; Francis (c), Cook, Distin, Daniels; Smith, Gosling, Surman, Ritchie; O'Kane; Murray.
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      MANCHESTER CITY substitutes: Caballero, Kompany, Demichelis, Fernando, Nasri, Roberts, Iheanacho.
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      MANCHESTER CITY (4-2-3-1): Hart; Zabaleta, Otamendi, Mangala, Sagna; Toure (c), Fernandinho; Navas, De Bruyne, Sterling; Bony.
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      TEAM NEWS: Eddie Howe has made just two alterations to the side which started Bournemouth's 1-1 draw with Watford in their last outing in the top flight. Adam Smith and Eunan O'Kane are both handed opportunities to impress from the first whistle this afternoon.
    • 0'
      TEAM NEWS: Manuel Pellegrini has made four changes to the side which started City's last match against Newcastle in the Premier League. Bacary Sagna, Yaya Toure, Jesus Navas and Wilfried Bony all come into the first eleven for today's game.
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      Man City were emphatic in their last match against Newcastle United, winning 6-1 to see them soar back to the Premier League summit. They'll want to make it back-to-back victories in the top flight today but standing in their way are the Cherries, who have made a good start to their maiden campaign
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      Both sides are coming into today's game with several key players missing through injury. Both David Silva and Sergio Aguero are absent for Man City after picking up respective knocks on international duty, while Bournemouth captain Tommy Elphick joins the likes of Tyrone Mings, Max Gradel and Callum
    • 0'
      Good afternoon and welcome to our LIVE text commentary of today's Premier League clash between Manchester City and Bournemouth from the Etihad Stadium. I'm Matthew Judge and I will be your host for the match, which kicks off at 3pm.
    • 1'
      Bournemouth get us under way here at the Etihad. The man in charge of the cards for today's Premier League encounter is Mike Dean.
    • 2'
      Sterling cuts inside from the left-hand side past stand-in Bournemouth skipper Francis and curls a low cross towards Bony, but Distin stretches a leg out and clears the danger for the visitors.
    • 4'
      HUGE CALL! O'Kane feeds through a delightful through ball towards Gosling rushing towards goal, but Otamendi goes to ground early inside the penalty area and gets the slightest of touches on the ball to divert it away from the Bournemouth midfielder.
    • 6'
      CLOSE! Bony latches onto the end of a pass from Toure and from a tight angle inside the penalty area, he drives a shot towards the bottom corner but Federici spreads himself well at his near post and snuffs it away.
    • 7'
      G R. Sterling Assist W. Bony
    • 7'
      W. Bony provided the assist.
    • 7'
      GOOOOOOOOOOAAAALLLL!! It's 1-0 to City! Zabaleta superbly keeps Fernandinho's cross-field ball in play at the byline and Bony stabs the right-back's pass into the path of Sterling, who taps home with aplomb from close range. The hosts are up and running!
    • 9'
      Bony races through on goal to try and make it 2-0 early doors but the official on that side of the pitch raises his flag for offside. It's been an explosive start to this game from both sides.
    • 11'
      G W. Bony Assist W. Bony
    • 11'
      GOOOOOOOOOOAAAALLL!! It's 2-0 to City! Bony grasps his chance to shine in Aguero's absence as he taps home inside the penalty area to make it 2-0, but it's poor from Federici. Sagna plays in a low cross which the Bournemouth goalkeeper fumbles right into the path of the City striker.
    • 13'
      Otamendi's challenge after four minutes is growing in importance more and more now as City continue to dominate. They're two goals to the good but the former Valencia man made a massive challenge on Gosling, which, had it not been made or instead misplaced, could have seen a different first half pla
    • 15'
      Ritchie wins a corner down the left flank off Zabaleta for Bournemouth but as the resulting set play swings in, the ball gets cleared too easily by City who can look to counter-attack now.
    • 17'
      TOP SAVE! De Bruyne shifts the ball from left to right and winds up a shot from long range which gathers pace and height, but Federici makes a terrific save to his right between the sticks. Corner to the hosts.
    • 19'
      Toure absolutely drills an attempted through pass between the two Bournemouth centre-backs for Sterling to get on the end of, but it trickles out of bounds for a goal-kick due to the sheer force behind it.
    • 20'
      Ritchie makes a good clearance in a left-back position to prevent Navas running through on goal. Bournemouth seem to have got to grips with the game again after a rocky start.
    • 22'
      G G. Murray Assist W. Bony
    • 22'
      E. O'Kane provided the assist.
    • 22'
      GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAALL!! It's 2-1 and Bournemouth have a lifeline! O'Kane touches Surman's beautiful pass first time into the path of Murray, who powers a shot into the bottom corner via a slight deflection off Mangala.
    • 24'
      The Cherries push for an equaliser as Francis knocks down Ritchie's corner for no takers, before the Bournemouth right-back picks out Murray for a header over the crossbar, but the official judges the former Crystal Palace striker to be offside.
    • 26'
      Francis runs down the left flank and as he tries to build up a bit of speed, Sagna clips him down and hands Bournemouth a free-kick as the referee books him in the process, too.
    • 26'
      CLOSE! Bournemouth work a lovely short corner as Surman plays Francis' short pass first time into the path of Ritchie down the flank, but Otamendi comes across and deals with the attack excellently.
    • 29'
      G R. Sterling Assist W. Bony
    • 29'
      The assist came from K. De Bruyne.
    • 29'
      GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAALLLL!! It's 3-1 to City! Sterling restores the hosts' two goal advantage as he latches onto De Bruyne's threaded through ball, skips past several Bournemouth defenders and strokes it beyond Federici calmly.
    • 31'
      Surman plays in a delightful cross from a free-kick down the left-hand side towards a queue of players creeping into Hart's six-yard box, but Fernandinho heads away at the near post.
    • 33'
      Smith makes tracks inside City's half and spreads play out wide to Francis powering forward from right-back, but his cross flies straight into the arms of Hart at his near post.
    • 35'
      Bournemouth close off all short passing angles for Otamendi and that forces the Argentina international to pump it forward to Navas, who cleverly keeps the ball in play with a flick but the official calls him offside.
    • 37'
      Smith hits the deck under a challenge from Mangala and he takes his time getting to his feet. Howe will be praying his side aren't hit with yet another injury here.
    • 39'
      O'Kane plays in Gosling just outside the City box but as the former Everton midfielder tries to thread through a reverse ball, Mangala gets a block in. Bournemouth keep the attack alive, though, and have a corner.
    • 41'
      The zip that was apparent in the opening half hour in this first half has faded in the last 10 minutes or so. Bournemouth are having more of the ball than most opposition sides that have come to the Etihad this season, though, and that'll give them hope of scoring a second.
    • 42'
      Smith complains at the referee for more as Otamendi receives a yellow card for a wild challenge on Daniels. The City defender dives in with scissor action and it looks a bad one, even though the Bournemouth left-back gets back on his feet.
    • 43'
      Man City are spraying the ball around a lot quicker now as we approach the final few minutes of normal time in the first half. A lot of their play is square at the moment and Bournemouth are happy with that. It's only when the hosts are stretching them around that problems are occuring.
    • 45'
      WHAT A SAVE! De Bruyne collects Sterling's pass and ghosts beyond Francis and Cook before he unleashes a wicked shot which Federici just about tips onto the crossbar at full stretch. Top-drawer goalkeeping.
    • 46'
      SI Fernando SO W. Bony
    • 46'
      Pellegrini makes his first change of the match as he withdraws vice captain Toure during the break. Fernando runs on in his place to partner Fernandinho in midfield.
    • 46'
      Welcome back! Man City get us back under way for the second half here at the Etihad with Yaya Toure coming off at the half-time interval for Fernando.
    • 48'
      Sterling skips away from Francis but sees his cross fly past everybody in the penalty area. Navas keeps the ball in play, though, and sets up Zabaleta for a shot on target as Federici makes a good stop.
    • 50'
      Sagna feeds a ball down the line towards the lively De Bruyne but just as the Belgium international tries to move infield, Francis brings him down for a Man City free-kick.
    • 52'
      Smith gets clipped by Fernandinho and the referee hands the visitors a free-kick. Ritchie doesn't hesitate as he plays it in quickly towards Murray but Otamendi stoops low to clear well.
    • 54'
      Zabaleta seizes possession in his own half and drives forward with a one-two via Navas, but his cross towards Bony inside the Bournemouth box goes too close to Surman who clears forward.
    • 56'
      CHANCE! The ball sits up for Murray just outside the City penalty area but he cuts across it too much as his effort glides away from Hart between the sticks, and out for a goal-kick.
    • 57'
      CLOSE! Navas picks up the ball from De Bruyne and chucks in a lovely low cross towards Bony, who wheels and fires first time but his effort goes straight down the throat of Federici.
    • 59'
      Bony plays a pass beyond hat-trick hero Sterling towards the left as De Bruyne tries to bend a shot into the far corner, but Cook gets his body in the way and heads clear.
    • 61'
      ALMOST! Bony again gets involved superbly in the build up as lofts a pass over the top of Cook towards an onrushing Sterling, who switches the ball onto his left but only finds the side netting with a shot.
    • 62'
      SI S. Nasri SO W. Bony
    • 62'
      Pellegrini rolls the dice for the second time today as De Bruyne comes off for Nasri. We're hearing that the Belgian has been taken off due to a slight knee problem.
    • 63'
      How it's not five to City is a mystery as Bony plays in Sterling again, but the youngster gets caught in two minds with Fernandinho making a run alongside him and almost tries to pass it to him rather than shoot from a good position. The chance goes begging as Bournemouth escape.
    • 65'
      SI S. MacDonald SO W. Bony
    • 65'
      Howe makes his first change of the game as he takes off O'Kane for MacDonald. The former set up Bournemouth's only goal of the game so far and can be pleased with his contribution today, particularly in the final third.
    • 65'
      Bony looks to set up Sterling making a run off the back of Cook, but the former Swansea man gets caught being too slow with his footwork as Gosling nicks the ball away from him.
    • 67'
      Navas picks up Nasri's pass down the right and stands it up to the back stick towards Sterling, but Francis uses his height advantage to get effect as he heads away the danger.
    • 69'
      Surman clips in a corner towards the middle of City's penalty area but Hart rushes off his line and collects comfortably. He plays a first-time punt up towards Sterling but Daniels comes across and clears the danger in the nick of time.
    • 71'
      Bony holds the ball up well yet again deep into Bournemouth's half but as he tries to get his head up to play a team-mate in, Cook fouls him for a Man City free-kick.
    • 73'
      Despite Sterling having a number of chances to score more, Bournemouth have stemmed the hosts' scoring as time ticks on in the second half. The Cherries look set to bring on Joshua King now.
    • 74'
      SI J. King SO W. Bony
    • 74'
      Howe makes his second change of the match as he takes off goalscorer Murray deep into the second half. King runs on as his replacement and goes up front.
    • 75'
      Ritchie plays in a cross from the left-hand side from Smith's pass towards the City penalty area, but Otamendi clears the ball ahead of Gosling making a run into the box.
    • 77'
      Man City are happy with the four today after finding their early second-half attempts to stretch their goal advantage thwarted by Bournemouth, who look as though they're going to come away from today rueing Boruc's injury before kick-off.
    • 78'
      SI K. Iheanacho SO W. Bony
    • 78'
      SI M. Pugh SO W. Bony
    • 78'
      And How follows suit by making his last substitution at the same time as Smith, who played well today, comes off for Pugh in a midfield switcharound for the Cherries.
    • 78'
      Pellegrini makes his third and final change of the match as he takes off Sterling for Iheanacho. The former receives a great reception as he heads off the pitch as he made the big difference today.
    • 79'
      There isn't really an intent from City to add a fifth and the second half is therefore petering out towards its conclusion. Bournemouth are in possession now, looking to drive forward for a second.
    • 81'
      Man City are singing their new song for their Argentine contingent as time ticks on in the second half. Two of them, Zabaleta and Otamendi, have been excellent today, constantly causing Bournemouth a headache at either end.
    • 83'
      Daniels tries to get on the end of a pass from Francis but the ball contains too much pace as Zabaleta collects for Man City. The hosts are looking comfortable at the moment with the chances of another goal appearing slim.
    • 85'
      Howe cuts a frustrated figure on the touchline. Federici has made costly errors at the back which has led to their downfall here at the Etihad, having started the better of the two teams.
    • 87'
      Ritchie becomes the first Bournemouth man to get his name taken by the referee for a silly challenge in the middle of the park. It's been a quiet day in that respect for Mike Dean.
    • 87'
      Francis powers forward once more and tries to bend a cross in towards the box, with King lurking, but Mangala steps across to cover for Sagna and clears the danger away.
    • 89'
      G W. Bony Assist W. Bony
    • 89'
      Jesús Navas gave the assist.
    • 89'
      GOOOOOOOOOOAAAALLLL!! It's 5-1 to City! Navas steams forward down the right and bends in a good cross for Bony, who takes a lovely first touch which sells Cook before he places it beyond Federici for his second today.
    • 90'
      POOR CALL! Bony times his pass into Iheanacho to perfection and the young striker dinks it over Federici for six, but the official on that side of the field incorrectly raises his flag for offside. Let-off for the visitors.

    Line Up




    Josep Guardiola
    Eddie Howe



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


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


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


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


    Fouls Conceded 11 5
    Yellow Cards 2 1
    Red Cards 0 0
    Offsides 0 0

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