Premier League

  • K. De Bruyne 15’
  • K. Iheanacho 25’
  • R. Sterling 48’
  • I. Gündogan 66’
2 Half Time 0
Premier League
Etihad Stadium
Attendance 54,335


    • KICK OFF
    • 45'
    • 90'
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      That's all for our live coverage from the Etihad, thanks for following along. Goodbye!
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      Four different goalscorers for the Citizens as they become just the second club in Premier League history to win each of their first five matches of the season. Kevin de Bruyne, Kelechi Iheanacho, Raheem Sterling and Ilkay Gundogan hit the back of the net as they extend their lead at the summit.
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      A clever free-kick from Kevin de Bruyne and a clinical counter, finished off by Kelechi Iheanacho, have City two goals up at the interval as they look poised to remain at the Premier League summit and keep their perfect record in-tact through five matches.
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      Just the one change for Eddie Howe's Bournemouth, with Jack Wilshere coming on for his full debut. The midfielder replaces striker Callum Wilson as the Cherries revert into a 4-5-1 from a 4-4-2, with Joshua King pushing forward to lead the line.
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      Ilkay Gundogan makes his full Premier League debut for the club in midfield, while at the back it's Bacary Sagna and Gael Clichy who are brought on to play full-back, while Aleksandar Kolarov shifts over to centre-half. John Stones and Pablo Zabaleta drop to the bench.
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      Guardiola makes four changes to his side from the Champions League victory over Monchengladbach on Wednesday night. Sergio Aguero serves the second game of his three-match ban, so Kelechi Iheanacho is in to lead the line. Nolito also comes in to join the attack, replacing Jesus Navas.
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      SUBS: Gosling, Ake, Afobe, Gradel, Wilson, Smith, Federici.
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      BOURNEMOUTH (4-5-1): Boruc; Smith, Francis, Cook, Daniels; Ibe, Arter, Surman, Wilshere, Stanislas; King.
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      SUBS: Kompany, Zabaleta, Caballero, Navas, Sane, Stones, Garcia.
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      MANCHESTER CITY (4-2-3-1): Bravo; Sagna, Otamendi, Kolarov, Clichy; Fernandinho, Gundogan; Sterling, De Bruyne, Nolito; Iheanacho.
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      Bournemouth had a difficult start to the season, but have since turned the corner with four points from their last two matches. A hard-fought victory over Manchester United will have provided them with a boost of confidence heading into what is unmistakably a daunting fixture today at the Etihad.
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      There will undoubtedly be some rough patches ahead as the fixture list piles up – such is the nature of the beast in the Premier League – but City are looking every bit the part as title contenders and European contenders under Guardiola. For the time being, it’s a match made in heaven.
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      Pep Guardiola is still in the honeymoon phase in Manchester. The Citizens have posted seven wins from seven as they remain perfect under the tutelage of the Spaniard (four Premier League and three Champions League victories).
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      Hello and welcome to the Etihad for live coverage of this Premier League fixture as leaders Manchester City play host to Bournemouth.
    • 1'
      NEARLY A DREAM START! City win the ball straight away and push forward through De Bruyne, who stings the palms of Boruc after just 10 seconds. What a start that could have been!
    • 1'
      AND WE'RE OFF! Bournemouth, in their red and black stripes, get us underway, attacking right to left, with City in their light-blue home strip.
    • 3'
      Bright opening to this match for City, dominating possession and looking incredibly assured as they work the ball around using all the space available to them. Bournemouth have a good shape to them in defence, but it already looks as though they could be in for a long afternoon.
    • 5'
      When City do lose the ball, they press incredibly high up the pitch, helping them suffocate Bournemouth's attempts to break. The visitors have good speed on the flanks, though, so if they can play some balls over the top they could burn City's high line.
    • 7'
      CRUCIAL BLOCK! Iheanacho makes a strong run into the channel to get on the end of a swift attacking move, and has a nice sight at goal from atop the area, but Cook manages to get a piece of the effort to deflect it safely behind for a corner.
    • 9'
      STAT: Man City could become the second different team in top-flight history to win their opening five league games in consecutive seasons - Chelsea in 2009-10 and 2010-11 are the other.
    • 11'
      Those are the sorts of passes Bournemouth need to make! A long ball through the heart of the City team gives King something to chase. The striker turns smartly to head up the pitch and get on the end of it, but Otamendi shows his athleticism, staying with the forward before sliding in at the vital m
    • 13'
      Well perhaps this is a bit of an overreaction, but it's a bit ridiculous that referee Jonathan Moss is sporting a dark pink top for this encounter. There's so many colours available to him, but instead pink is the choice, and he's really blending in a bit with the Bournemouth players.
    • 14'
      Wilshere gives the ball away to Fernandinho, and then in a desperate attempt to make amends for the turnover he goes barging into the back of the midfielder and concedes a free-kick directly atop the area.
    • 15'
      G K. De Bruyne Assist R. Sterling
    • 15'
      DE BRUYNE MAKES HIM PAY! An early season candidate for player of the season, De Bruyne opens the scoring here with a piece of genius. The attacker has everyone thinking he's going for the far corner from the free-kick, but instead rolls the cheekiest of efforts under the wall and in at the near post
    • 17'
      BOURNEMOUTH OPENED UP AGAIN! Wilshere gives the ball away, again, and City quickly carve the visitors apart. It comes through for Nolito, but Boruc is up to the task. Bournemouth need to get themselves organised here.
    • 19'
      STAT: Bournemouth have never beaten Manchester City in the league (D2, L6).
    • 21'
      With all due respect to Bournemouth, it's men against boys out there right now. The hosts are completely dominating, refusing to relinquish possession, with the visitors unable to have their say. There's just too much time elapsing between attacks for the Cherries.
    • 23'
      Boruc is at full-stretch to dive forward and parry a Sterling cross in from the right, with Silva eager to pounce. Bournemouth are really struggling to cope with City's width going forward. Nolito and Sterling are lining up very wide on either side, which has really stretched this Bournemouth side.
    • 24'
      Otamendi is booked for an overly aggressive challenge.
    • 25'
      G K. Iheanacho Assist R. Sterling
    • 25'
      THE SEXIEST FOOTBALL YOU WILL EVER SEE! Clical, swift, decisive from City on the break. Nolito pings a ball forward for De Bruyne, who drifts into the centre and plays through Sterling, who squares for Iheanacho to tap into the empty net. Incredible.
    • 25'
      Wonderfully unselfish from Sterling who picks up the assist.
    • 27'
      As nice as you would like from City there. Counter-attacking football simply does not get any better than that. Pep will be thrilled with those passages of play, and there's arguably no player who has excelled more under Guardiola than Sterling. He looks reborn this season.
    • 29'
      STAT: Raheem Sterling's first Premier League hat-trick came against Bournemouth in October 2015.
    • 31'
      City have taken their foot off the pedal a bit after doubling their lead. They're caught napping as King is played through on goal via a route one ball over the top, but another excellent recovery from Otamendi helps to snuff out the chance.
    • 33'
      OFFSIDE! Wow, wow, wow. Clichy makes a run down the left from deep, and De Bruyne plays an absolutely sensational ball over the top with the outside of the boot to pick it out. It's remarkable in every sense of the word from the Belgian from a technical standpoint, but he spotted it a second too lat
    • 35'
      Bournemouth break on a rare counter, through Ibe on the right. He's supported by King and Stanislas, and plays through the former, who forces Bravo into a smart save. The rebound is there for the picking, but Sagna makes a terrific challenge to clear ahead of Stanislas' arrival.
    • 37'
      The visitors are showing a bit more of a pulse in possession as they start taking a few more chances in committing men forward when the opportunities to break become available. Still, they haven't been able to really test Bravo, largely because they have not been decisive enough in the final third.
    • 39'
      TWO FINE SAVES FROM BORUC! Kolarov first tests the keeper with a stinging drive from distance. Pressure stays on and Iheanacho plays Sterling through via the left channel, but Boruc gets just enough of it at the near post to deflect it behind for a corner!
    • 41'
      STAT: Entering today, Kelechi Iheanacho had scored nine goals from just 13 shots on target in the Premier League for Manchester City.
    • 43'
      The tempo has died down a bit with half-time approaching. City are more than comfortable with the scoreline and how they have performed in this first half, while Bournemouth are keen to get the game to the break and regroup.
    • 45'
      There will be one minute added on at the end of this first half.
    • 46'
      SI C. Wilson SO R. Sterling
    • 46'
      Callum Wilson replaces Ibe, Bournemouth's record signing, at the interval.
    • 46'
      Here we go again...
    • 47'
      Simply not good enough! Strong running down the left from King, who has moved out wide now. He squares for Stanislas who completely fluffs on his effort, failing to make the necessary contact to put an effort on target.
    • 48'
      G R. Sterling Assist R. Sterling
    • 48'
      Unselfish from Iheanacho this time who returns the favour.
    • 48'
      THREE GOALS AND THREE POINTS SURELY FOR CITY! Sensational stuff again from the hosts on the break! The end roles are flipped this time around, as De Bruyne plays through Iheanacho. The striker squares for Sterling who taps it into the empty net with Boruc stranded!
    • 50'
      Boruc sprung into action again! The keeper dives across to his right to parry another delightful free-kick from De Bruyne! The visitors are being torn apart here. It's turning into a nightmare afternoon for them.
    • 52'
      SI J. Stones SO R. Sterling
    • 52'
      John Stones enters the fray, replacing Otamendi.
    • 54'
      STAT: This is Manchester City's 250th Premier League game at the Etihad Stadium, winning 61.5% of their league fixtures there since August 2003 (W153 D45 L51).
    • 56'
      There's absolutely no respite for Bournemouth in this match. It's like a train wreck - hard to watch, but even harder to look away. City are moving the ball around at will looking like they could hit six if they keep at it.
    • 58'
      Play comes to a halt as Boruc requires a bit of medical attention. He was fine for a while, but a knock picked up just before City's third goal seems to have caught up to him. If anything it's a nice break for the Bournemouth defence.
    • 60'
      Brad Smith warms up on the touchline and gets ready to make his way onto the pitch, but Boruc pleads his case with the training staff and looks to have been given the green light to continue. His goal-kick gets the match back underway.
    • 62'
      The tempo is slowing a bit as City adopt a more patient approach in possession. They're not looking to inflict any more damage on a Bournemouth side running very low on confidence for the time being.
    • 64'
      THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN SPECTACULAR! Sterling dispossesses Daniels on the flank and takes on four defenders successfully on his way through on goal, but he's eventually denied by Boruc at the near post! That's a piece of individual brilliance from the winger!
    • 66'
      G I. Gündogan Assist R. Sterling
    • 66'
      De Bruyne at the heart of things again for City, with a stunning ball to tee up Gundogan.
    • 66'
      CITY RUNNING RIOT! Lovely interplay on the left and De Bruyne plays a stunning ball to tee up Gundogan, and the German midfielder produces a wonderfully composed finish to mark his Premier League debut with a goal! Brilliant football from City!
    • 68'
      SI D. Gosling SO R. Sterling
    • 68'
      Wilshere is dragged off here. Dreadful afternoon for him, which mercifully comes to an end as he's replaced Dan Gosling.
    • 70'
      STAT: Pep Guardiola has won his first four Premier League matches - the only manager to win their opening five games was Carlo Ancelotti at Chelsea (won his opening six).
    • 72'
      SI L. Sané SO R. Sterling
    • 72'
      Leroy Sane comes on for the final 20 minutes, replacing Gundogan who goes off to a thunderous applause.
    • 74'
      SI M. Gradel SO R. Sterling
    • 74'
      Stanislas is replaced for the final 15 minutes, with Max Gradel on in his place.
    • 75'
      SI Aleix García SO R. Sterling
    • 75'
      The Etihad rises to their feet to shower De Bruyne with praise as he's brought off for a rest for the last 15 minutes, replaced by Aleix Garcia.
    • 77'
      OFF THE BAR! Wilson gets on the end of a clever pull-back from Arter, but he rattles the underside of the bar with a clever first-time effort! The rebound is there to be hand, but the offside flag goes up as Bournemouth are left frustrated once again.
    • 79'
      Approaching the final 10 minutes now and the tempo has slowed significantly with the result all but settled. City are playing around with it at the back, and Bournemouth don't seem too insistent on pressing.
    • 81'
      STAT: Manchester City won both of their Premier League meetings with Bournemouth last season by a four goal margin (5-1 at home in October 2015, 4-0 away in April 2016).
    • 83'
      There's something about the baby-blue of Manchester that doesn't resonate well with Bournemouth. In three games against them since being promoted to the top flight they have lost each by a combined score of 13-1, with the final seven minutes here still pending.
    • 85'
      Bournemouth are showing a bit of urgency, too little too late of course, as they hunt down a consolation goal. City aren't going to lay down for them, however. They want the clean sheet.
    • 86'
      Smith is booked for his role in the altercation, though it's just a yellow for him.
    • 86'
      CITY DOWN TO 10 MEN! It's too late for it to mean anything, but Nolito can have little argument as he goes face to face with Smith and motions forward with his head. It's ugly from Nolito and he's rightfully off.
    • 88'
      It's getting unnecessarily feisty in these final minutes. Frustration is understandably high for Bournemouth, but it's a bit shocking to see some of these City players being dragged into it.
    • 90'
      There will be two minutes added on at the end of this match.

    Line Up




    Josep Guardiola
    Jason Tindall



    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 8 11
    Yellow Cards 1 1
    Red Cards 1 0
    Offsides 0 0

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