Man City 1-1 West Ham: Pep Guardiola's men stumble again as Moyes' Hammers proved unbreakable - Match Highlights
|Michail Antonio steadies himself for his overhead kick against Manchester City at the London Stadium on Saturday. It ended 1:1 (Photo credit: Premierleague.com)|
When you look at the premier league table as at the time of filing this, Liverpool would be the only team you expected in the top four at this stage that is right there, and to put it mildly, it hasn’t been easy for the champions too.
Pep Guardiola led Manchester United to the London Stadium and named Kevin De Bruyne on the bench for what looked on paper to be a routine premier league game.
It was the lunch time game to usher in round six of the premier league and the game lived up to everything you’d expect from it right from the start with the Hammers very much on the front foot.
Minkhail Antonio scored a sublime overhead kick in the 18th minute off a brilliant Vladmir Coufal’s cross to cap off a very exhilarating opening twenty minutes.
Westham were closer to adding the second in the exchanges that followed than City equalizing with Ederson denying Antonio before Dias blocked from Pablo Fornals.
Right at the star of the second half, Guardiola pulled off a very strange one when he replaced the off form Sergio Aguero with Phil Foden and six minutes afterwards.
The young English midfielder turned brilliantly in the box to fire in the equalizer, one would think City would go on rampage from there on and seal a win but Lukas Fabianski wasn’t having it.
Kevin De Bruyne was introduced late on and straight up, his strike from outside the box was destined for the top right corner but Fabianski saved smartly.
The Czech Rebublic goalkeeper then saved from the feet of Raheem Sterling when it actually looked easier for the World Cup semifinalist to score.
Riyad Mahrez thought he’d scored later on but Fabianski was up to it again, tipping his effort round the post.
With just seconds remaining, Author Masuaku blocked bravely a Mahrez effort to ensure the Hammers got their first against City since 2016 and preserved David Moyes’s team’s unbeaten run of four matches.
The result means City loses more grounds on their major rivals, sitting outside the top ten albeit with a match at hand.