Premier League

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  • 79’ İ. Gündoğan
  • 90’ İ. Gündoğan
0 Half Time 2
Premier League
The Hawthorns
Attendance 22,470


    • KICK OFF
    • 45'
      The referee brings an end to the first half.
    • 45'
      Rondon is not happy with the referee and he is full within his rights not to be pleased. The official blew his whistle for a foul on Otamendi, but it was nothing more than a 50/50 duel for the ball.
    • 90'
      The referee ends the contest.
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      Thanks for joining our commentary this afternoon. Until next time, goodbye.
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      West Brom were not in the contest in the first half, but improved to put City under pressure in the second period. There were half chances on offer, but they were unable to grasp them, allowing the visitors to cruise to a comfortable win.
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      Manchester City end their six-game winless run with an emphatic win this afternoon over West Brom. Sergio Aguero and Ilkay Gundogan both notched braces to secure the win and return the club to the top of the Premier League. It was a great performance from Pep Guardiola's men, who will breathe a sigh
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      The players are back out for the second half, so we should be underway shortly.
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      West Brom have barely had a kick in the first half and will have to come out quickly against Pep Guardiola's men in the second half to have any hope of getting back into the contest.
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      Sergio Aguero's brace has put Manchester City in command at the break against West Brom as the visitors look to be on their way to ending their six-game winless run. The Argentine held his composure with a low effort to hand his team the lead in the 19th minute before firing a stunning strike into t
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      The players are out on the pitch, so we should be underway shortly.
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      Guardiola has returned the bulk of his starters back into the line-up after resting some of his key players against Manchester United. Sergio Aguero, Ilkay Gundogan, Fernandinho, David Silva, Raheem Sterling, Aleksandar Kolarov, John Stones and Claudio Bravo all come back into the line up.
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      West Brom have made two changes from their defeat to Liverpool last week. Chris Brunt makes his first start since February after overcoming a knee injury to play in the middle of the park, while Jonny Evans also comes back into the team. Claudio Yacob and Matt Phillips make way for the Baggies.
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      Man City subs: Kompany, Cabellero, Navas, De Bruyne, Clichy, Iheanacho, Garcia.
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      Manchester City (3-5-1-1): Bravo; Stones, Otamendi, Kolarov; Sterling, Gundogan, Fernandinho, Fernando, Nolito; Silva; Aguero.
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      West Brom subs: Robson-Kanu, Morrison, Gardner, Phillips, Myhill, Galloway, Leko.
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      West Brom (4-1-4-1): Foster; Dawson, McAuley, Olsson. Nyom; Evans; McClean, Brunt, Fletcher, Chadli; Rondon.
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      The team news has been confirmed and we'll start with the home side.
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      Tony Pulis' men are a tough nut to crack at home. Only Everton have tasted victory at The Hawthorns this season, and even that was due to a second-half revival from the Toffees. It will be a tough challenge for Guardiola's side this afternoon.
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      West Brom have been solid this term, but are currently on a four-game winless run in the Premier League. In their last outing at home the Baggies were denied a victory over Tottenham at the death by Dele Alli's late equaliser, while they were beaten 2-1 by Liverpool last week to leave them in 13th p
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      However, for all the negativity around City they can still regain their place at the top of the Premier League with a win this afternoon. Arsenal's 4-1 drubbing of Sunderland has temporarily lifted them above Guardiola's men, but City can reach the summit with a two-goal victory at The Hawthorns.
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      City's struggles began against Celtic in their 3-3 draw in the Champions League. Since then they've been beaten by Tottenham Hotspur, Barcelona and Manchester United, with their bitter rivals knocking them out of the EFL Cup during the week.
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      After their blistering start to the campaign Manchester City have struggled over the last month, failing to win their last six matches in all competitions. An unwanted record for Pep Guardiola, who had previously had only gone five games without a win once in his managerial career.
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      Good afternoon and welcome to the live commentary of the Premier League clash between West Brom and Manchester City at The Hawthorns.
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      We're underway at The Hawthorns.
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      City enjoy a bright start with possession deep in West Brom territory, but a loose pass from Fernandinho gifts the ball back to the home side.
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      CHANCE! Dawson chases a lost cause on the byline to keep the ball in play to find Rondon in the box. He turns his pass back to Chadli on the edge of the box, but the winger fires his effort wide of the target.
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      Fernando has dropped in at right-back as City have opted to go with four in defence rather than a three-man line.
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      SAVE! Sterling twists and turns on the edge of the box and drills a left-footed strike towards goal. His effort looks to be creeping into the net, but Foster gets across to make the save and gathers ahead of Nolito on the second attempt.
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      Fernandinho fires the ball long and deep over the middle, looking for the run of Aguero, but he gets too much loft on his pass and it sails into Foster's gloves.
    • 7'
      Evans is starting in a defensive midfield role and has began the game well, winning the ball off an advancing Silva. The Northern Ireland international will be a busy man this afternoon.
    • 9'
      Nolito has the ball in the net, but Aguero who played the ball to the Spaniard was caught in an offside position as he latched on to a lofted pass from Fernandinho.
    • 11'
      McClean stands up to the task of Sterling's trickery down the flank, winning a free-kick off the England man as he shielded the ball away from him.
    • 12'
      City still struggling for fluency in the final third. Gundogan attempts to release Fernando's forward run down the inside right channel, but his pass has too much pace on it and heads out for a goal-kick.
    • 13'
      BLOCK! McAuley is on hand at the back to make a vital interception in front of goal to stop Sterling's low cross from finding Aguero at the back post.
    • 15'
      Utter stupidity from Nolito as he intentionally bumps into McAuley with his head. The referee sees it and cards the Spaniard. Had McAuley made a meal out of that he could have well been on his way.
    • 15'
      Dawson clips Nolito as he tries to raid forward down the left. The Spaniard is not happy with the Albion right-back.
    • 16'
      Dawson goes into the book for clipping Nolito's heels.
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      CHANCE! Nolito sends a cross to the back post from the resulting corner and it falls kindly for Stones. The defender takes a neat first touch, but cannot apply the finish with his second firing wide of the post.
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      SAVE! A headed clearance from Dawson falls only as far as Sterling on the edge of the box and he strikes first time on the volley towards the bottom corner, but the keeper turns the ball past the post. A good stop from the Baggies keeper.
    • 19'
      G S. Agüero Assist İ. Gündoğan
    • 19'
      Gundogan makes a good run forward before sliding a pinpoint pass for Aguero, who hands City the lead with his finish.
    • 19'
      GOAL!!!!! City take the lead as a result of their pressure on the West Brom goal and Aguero ntoches his 12th goal of the campaign. The Argentine makes a good run into the channel and latches on to Gundogan's sublime throughball before hammering a low strike past Foster.
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      Olsson catches Aguero late and goes into the book.
    • 22'
      CHANCE! Fernandinho tries his luck from 30 yards and his effort almost creeps into the top corner, only to be denied by a great save from Foster. It's all City at the moment.
    • 24'
      City are moving well in the final third, switching positions to confuse the West Brom defence. Aguero keeps drifting to the flank, which is making it difficult for the home side to keep tabs on him.
    • 26'
      BLOCK! McAuley saves a sure goal by getting his body in the way of Nolito's strike from close range. The Spaniard had latched on to Gundogan's throughball and lifted his effort over Foster, but the legs of the defender prevented the ball from finding the net.
    • 28'
      G S. Agüero Assist İ. Gündoğan
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      GOAL!!!! A stunning strike from Aguero doubles City's advantage. West Brom were the architects of their own downfall as they failed to clear their lines on the edge of the box. The Argentine seized possession and got half a yard on Olsson before belting his effort into the top corner.
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      City have a chance for a third now as they have won a free-kick in a dangerous position following a foul on Kolarov.
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      Gundogan takes the set-piece but can only hammer his effort straight into the wall, but City keep the pressure on as West Brom are penned into their own half.
    • 33'
      It's a case of damage limitation for West Brom at the moment. They're struggling to get out of their own half and City are controlling possession. The second goal seems to have taken the wind right out of the Baggies' sails.
    • 35'
      Chadli gets back to defend the edge of his own box, getting a vital foot to the ball to stop Aguero's pass from reaching Gundogan just outside the penalty area.
    • 36'
      Panic at the back for West Brom as Sterling threatens to break in behind Nyom. His header bounces in the box and McAuley attempts to nudge the ball back to Foster, but can only send it out of play.
    • 38'
      City's dominance is highlighted in the possession stats. They've enjoyed a staggering 80.9% of the ball in the first half, according to Opta.
    • 40'
      Dawson is played into space on the right flank and has space and time to pick out a team-mate in the middle. However, he can only fire his low cross into the Kolarov's legs. A poor effort from the West Brom man.
    • 42'
      The Baggies put two dangerous crosses into the box for Rondon to challenge, but Stones wins both aerial duels to head clear for the visitors.
    • 44'
      City are taking the pace out of the game just before the break to ensure that they take their two-goal lead into the interval. A lot of passes are being exchanged at the back, which West Brom are allowing by not pressing forward.
    • 45'
      There will be two minutes of added time.
    • 46'
      We're back underway at The Hawthorns.
    • 47'
      SHOT! Silva advances to the edge of the box and lets fly with a powerful left-footed strike. It looks goalbound, but it hits off Nolito and deflects wide of the post. That could have gone anywhere.
    • 49'
      Aguero and Silva link up in the final third with intricate passes to open up space for the Argentine to shoot. Only a good block from Evans stops his strike from finding the target.
    • 50'
      Aguero weaves his way through the West Brom defence and tries to shoot, but slips after being nudged by Olsson. However, the referee waves play on.
    • 51'
      SI J. Leko SO İ. Gündoğan
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      SI J. Morrison SO İ. Gündoğan
    • 51'
      Olsson makes way for Morrison.
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      Leko comes on for Fletcher to provide support up front.
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      BLOCK! Nolito gets in the way of another strike from a team-mate as this time his prevents Gundogan's effort from finding the target. The ball trickled wide of the post and was inches from the bottom corner, but that could have been match.
    • 53'
      Morrison fouls Stones just minutes after entering the pitch and receives a booking.
    • 53'
      West Brom have a bit more energy since the substitutions as they're pressing higher up the pitch.
    • 54'
      CHANCE! Brunt lifts the ball over the top of the City defence and Bravo comes off his line to clear. Rondon gets there ahead of him, but can only direct his header wide of the post.
    • 56'
      McClean clips Fernando as he raids forward. He doesn't get booked for the challenge, but his furious reaction to the decision sees him enter the book.
    • 58'
      Nyom sends a low ball into the box and it causes havoc between Stones and Fernandinho, but between them they manage to clear it away from danger before Rondon can pounce.
    • 60'
      West Brom have definitely been brighter since their changes, but they are still yet to test Bravo between the sticks, while they are in danger of being picked off at the other end.
    • 62'
      Kolarov catches Leko and heads into the book.
    • 63'
      Space opens up for McClean to attack as he latches on to Morrison's pass into the final third, but the opening closes almost immediately as Otamendi comes across to win possession with a perfectly-timed challenge.
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      City break with pace through Aguero before he slides the ball to Sterling. The winger does not have a lot of options so he takes on the strike, which is deflected over by Evans.
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      SHOT! West Brom hit City on the counter from the resulting corner and the ball comes to Chadli 25 yards from goal. However, he can only send his long-range effort wide of the target.
    • 66'
      Brunt lines up an effort from distance from a set-piece, and although he powers his shot through the ball, his strike is saved with ease by Bravo.
    • 68'
      SI K. De Bruyne SO İ. Gündoğan
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      Nolito makes way for De Bruyne.
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      CHANCE! De Bruyne makes a surge down the left flank and hammers the ball across the face of goal. Aguero collects at the back post and repeats De Bruyne's effort, only this time Dawson deflects it into Sterling's path. He opens up his body to shoot, but can only send his strike over the bar.
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      Bravo is on the spot this time to deal with a long ball over the top of the City defence, gathering ahead of McClean.
    • 72'
      WIDE! West Brom spurn an excellent chance to get back into the game as McClean bursts down the flank and sends a low ball across the face of goal, but Rondon cannot sort his feet out and puts his effort wide.
    • 72'
      CHANCE! De Bruyne sends an inviting low ball towards the near post and Aguero gets a flick, but Foster smothers his effort.
    • 74'
      Bravo punches Brunt's arcing cross behind for a corner, but the winger will go over to the left flank to take the next set-piece.
    • 74'
      Leko goes down on the right flank and the home side have the opportunity to put City under further pressure.
    • 75'
      City clear the danger from the corner, but all the momentum is now with the home side. A goal would put Guardiola's men under real pressure late in the contest.
    • 76'
      Fernando is booked for a poor challenge on McClean.
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      SI Jesús Navas SO İ. Gündoğan
    • 77'
      Jesus Navas replaces Sterling for the visitors.
    • 79'
      G İ. Gündoğan Assist İ. Gündoğan
    • 79'
      GOAL!!! City all but secure their win as Gundogan slots home from close range. The goal was all about Aguero though as he teased the West Brom defence on the edge of the box before lifting the ball into space for his team-mate to apply the cool finish.
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      Leko bundles his way into the box, but he can only send his effort wide of the post with his left-footed strike.
    • 82'
      Leko makes another bright run in between Stones and Kolarov to surge into the area. However, he takes one touch too many as he tries to beat Fernandinho, sending the ball out for a goal-kick.
    • 83'
      SI Aleix García SO İ. Gündoğan
    • 83'
      Silva is withdrawn for Garcia late in the game.
    • 84'
      OFF THE POST! Leko makes his third good run of the contest and this time he finds a team-mate in the box in McAuley, but the defender's low strike clatters of the post. The rebound falls back to the Northern Irishman, but he scuffs the second effort over the bar.
    • 87'
      SI H. Robson-Kanu SO İ. Gündoğan
    • 87'
      Robson-Kanu replaces Chadli late in the game.
    • 88'
      City are just trying to see this game out without conceding. They've only kept one clean sheet in the Premier League this term and will be eager to close the shutout.
    • 90'
      G İ. Gündoğan Assist İ. Gündoğan
    • 90'
      De Bruyne's been bright since arriving and notches an assist with a good run and cross to set up Gundogan.
    • 90'
      GOAL!!! Gundogan notches his second of the game to put the icing on the cake for City. He makes a nice run to the near post to slam De Bruyne's cross past Foster. A clinical finish from the midfielder.
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      There will be three minutes of added time.

    Line Up




    Sam Allardyce
    Josep Guardiola



    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 17 10
    Yellow Cards 4 3
    Red Cards 0 0
    Offsides 0 0

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