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    Manchester City v West Ham United Live Commentary & Result, 27/02/2021, Premier League

    90′ + 5′ FULL-TIME: MANCHESTER CITY 2-1 WEST HAM UNITED

    90′ + 4′ CHANCE! Diop has to score. Lingard puts the ball on a plate for Diop to attack in the box, but the defender can only glance his free header wide of the right post. He had to hit the target at least. Moyes is crestfallen on the bench.

    90′ + 3′ Fernandinho wipes out Bowen on the left flank and goes into the book.

    90′ + 2′ West Ham win a free-kick in the City half, but the Hammers return the favour to the home side as Soucek fouls Stones in the box. Guardiola’s team are edging over the line.

    90′ There will be four minutes of added time.

    90′ Zinchenko times his challenge to perfection down the right flank to prevent Coufal from sending a cross into the box, although City have a corner to defend.

    89′ Rodri replaces Gundogan in the middle of the park for the closing stages.

    87′ Dias heads clear from the resulting free-kick, and then Foden draws foul from Fornals to ease the pressure on the City goal.

    86′ Lingard has a run at Fernandinho and draws the foul to win a free-kick within range of the City goal.

    84′ Johnson makes his way off the pitch and is replaced by Bowen.

    84′ Antonio has run a good shift for the vistiors, and is now withdrawn with tiring legs. Benrahma replaces the forward.

    82′ Gundogan gallops forward from the middle of the park, but there’s no one in the box for City. The German has to go wide for Foden, which quells the opening for the hosts.

    79′ OVER! City probe once again on the edge of the box. Mahrez latches on to a pass from Zinchenko, but Soucek deflects his effort over the bar.

    78′ BLOCK! Mahrez skips past a challenge on the edge of the box after Jesus wins possession. However, Soucek is in the right place at the right time to make vital block.

    76′ City are looking to take the pace out of the game. They’ve controlled proceedings in the second half.

    74′ Ederson remains down after his collision with Antonio, but he appears okay to continue after treatment.

    73′ Lingard is felled by Foden and launches the resulting free-kick into the box. Antonio tries to beat Ederson to the ball, but the keeper rises to make the claim.

    72′ Stones has scored three goals in his last eight Premier League games after just one in his first 170 appearances in the competition.

    70′ City’s patience has paid off this afternoon. West Ham have been resolute at the back, but have been undone by City’s two pieces of quality.

    68′ Mahrez teases the West Ham defence down the right flank and opens up enough space to squeeze a pass through to Stones, who converts the opening.

    68′ GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! STONES BURIES HIS STRIKE!!!! 2-1 CITY!! The home side regain the lead with a fine effort from Stones. Mahrez probes down the right flank and opens up space for an offload towards the defender in space. Stones meets it first time with his right foot and guides his effort through a crowd of players and past Randolph.

    67′ City win a free-kick on the left flank as Coufal handles the ball. He rises in the box to head the resulting delivery from De Bruyne behind for a corner.

    65′ Foden replaces Torres on the left flank for the home side.

    64′ West Ham have space on the break and Lingard can offload towards Coufal on the charge, but Zinchenko gets back to make the interception.

    63′ City work the ball around the middle of the park, but the Hammers have a strong defensive shield in front of their box to prevent any meaningful penetration.

    61′ Aguero is withdrawn for the home side and is replaced by Jesus.

    58′ De Bruyne produces a lung-bursting run down the left flank after latching on to Walker’s pass. He surges past Diop and Soucek to place a low ball into the six-yard box. However, Aguero makes his run to the near post and there’s no other blue shirt in the penalty area.

    56′ De Bruyne makes a neat turn in the final third and goes for a strike, but Soucek gets back to produce a fine block.

    55′ Walker takes possession and lines up a strike at goal that he drags wide of the left post.

    53′ The contest is falling into a similar pattern to the first half. There’s no way through for the home side.

    51′ Antonio runs at Walker down the left flank and wins a corner off the legs of Walker.

    49′ Randolph appears to have an issue for the Hammers between the posts after kicking the ball downfield. Martin is sent out to warm up.

    48′ Lingard makes a run towards the edge of the City box and goes down under pressure from Fernandinho. However, the Brazilian wins the ball in the challenge.

    47′ Mahrez collects on the right flank and angles a cross deep to the back post, but it travels straight out of play.

    46′ Manchester City conceded their first Premier League goal at the Etihad since 15th December against West Brom, ending their run of 629 minutes without conceding on home soil in the competition.

    46′ We’re back underway at the Etihad Stadium.

    Pep Guardiola will be slightly concerned by his team’s performance. They were exposed at the back and other than Dias’ goal, they’ve created nothing in the final third. The Spaniard will be demanding more from his side in the second half.

    It’s all square at the break in the Premier League clash between Manchester City and West Ham United. Ruben Dias put City ahead with a close-range header from Kevin De Bruyne’s precise cross, but the Hammers battled back before the interval as Michail Antonio stabbed home from two yards.

    45′ + 1′ HALF-TIME: MANCHESTER CITY 1-1 WEST HAM UNITED

    45′ There will be one minute of added time.

    43′ GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! ANTONIO CONVERTS FROM CLOSE RANGE!!! 1-1!!! Antonio diverts Lingard’s strike into the back of the net to level the scores. The Hammer find space on the right flank as Coufal presses forward. He cuts a cross back to Lingard, who directs an effort towards goal. Antonio makes sure it crosses the line, stabbing home from two yards.

    43′ Lingard makes a good run into the box and diverts Coufal’s cross towards goal. Antonio guides the strike into the net to ensure the Hammers equalise.

    41′ No player has more Premier League assists this season than Kevin De Bruyne (11 – level with Harry Kane).

    40′ SAVE! West Ham continue to probe as space opens up for Lingard to drive at goal, but he sees his effort saved with ease by Ederson.

    39′ OFF THE POST! Antonio is inches away from an equaliser. Lingard collects down the right flank and fires a low ball into the middle. Fornals misses his kick, but it travels to Antonio. He takes a touch before connecting with a half-volley that clips the outside of the left post and travels wide.

    37′ City spread the ball across to the right flank where Mahrez feeds Walker in space, but Johnson does well to block his cross.

    35′ Dias has scored his first goal for Man City on his 32nd appearance in all competitions, scoring with his side’s first shot of the game.

    34′ Gundogan looks for a quick pass behind for Aguero, but the German just overhits his offload into the hands of Randolph.

    32′ Randolph has to scamper off his line to clear Walker’s long ball over the top away from Mahrez and into touch.

    30′ Bruyne floats a perfect delivery in from the right flank for Dias to connect with and score.

    30′ GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! DIAS HEADS CITY IN FRONT!!!!! 1-0!!!!! The home side take the lead as the Portuguese powers a header past Randolph from close range. De Bruyne is the architect as he delivers a sublime cross from the right flank to the back post. Dias rises and plants his effort through Randolph into the back of the net. The defender notches his first City goal.

    29′ West Ham clear the free-kick from De Bruyne as far as Zinchenko on the edge of the box. He floats a delivery back into the middle that Cresswell has to head clear amid the presence of Gundogan.

    28′ Johnson pulls back Mahrez after the forward bursts past him down the right flank. The wing-back goes into the book.

    26′ Despite over 30% of the match being played in West Ham’s third of the pitch, Man city are yet to have a shot at goal.

    25′ Aguero and De Bruyne both take possession on the edge of the West Ham box, but neither player can pull the trigger on efforts at goal amid pressure from the Hammers defence.

    24′ City are finding it tough to break down the visitors, who have been extremely disciplined at the back.

    22′ Dias charges forward from the back and wins a free-kick after being tripped by Lingard.

    21′ De Bruyne’s passing continues to be off as he overhits a one-two with Torres out for a goal-kick.

    19′ BLOCK! Ederson has to be brave to block Antonio’s header in the middle after Soucek nods Lingard’s deflected strike into the path of the forward. Stones then has to scramble to clear the rebound.

    17′ De Bruyne looks for an offload inside to Aguero, but the Belgian’s pass is off by a fraction and allows Diop to win possession.

    16′ City are dominating possession, but the Hammers are absorbing the pressure at the moment and have not given the hosts an inch.

    13′ De Bruyne has a surge into the box and cuts a pass back to Torres. He tries to line up a strike, but Soucek and Rice converge to deny the forward.

    11′ Mahrez has a run at Johnson down the right flank and clips a cross into the box. Dawson is well placed in the middle to clear the danger.

    8′ Aguero collects a pass into the left inside channe from Gundogan, but he gets isolated after making a neat turn.

    6′ Ederson offloads to Fernandino in the City box, who is immediately put under pressure by Soucek. However, the West Ham midfielder fouls the Brazilian in his bid to win the ball.

    3′ Diop makes an important interception at the back for the visitors, stepping in to direct De Bruyne’s offload away from Gundogan.

    1′ We’re underway at the Etihad Stadium.

    Manchester City are unbeaten in their last 10 Premier League meetings with West Ham (W8 D2) since a 2-1 home loss in September 2015.

    West Ham are without keeper Lukasz Fabianski this afternoon. The Pole misses the contest after suffering an arm injury in training yesterday. Randolph comes into the team to replace him between the posts. The only other change from the win over Spurs sees Bowen shift out of the team for Johnson. 

    City have made seven changes to their side that beat Gladbach. Aguero gets his first start for the Citizens since the first meeting against the Hammers in October. De Bruyne also returns to the fold for Guardiola’s men in the middle of the park alongside Fernandinho. Stones and Zinchenko get the nod in the backline, while Mahrez and Torres partner Aguero in the final third. Sterling, Rodri, Silva, Cancelo, Jesus, Laporte and Foden drop to the bench.

    WEST HAM SUBS: Fabian Balbuena, Said Benrahma, Manuel Lanzini, Mark Noble, Jarrod Bowen, David Martin, Nathan Trott, Ademipo Odubeko.

    WEST HAM UNITED (3-4-3): Darren Randolph; Issa Diop, Craig Dawson, Aaron Cresswell; Vladimir Coufal, Tomas Soucek, Declan Rice; Ben Johnson; Pablo Fornals, Jesse Lingard, Michail Antonio.

    MANCHESTER CITY SUBS: Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus, Zack Steffen, Aymeric Laporte, Rodri, Bernardo Silva, Benjamin Mendy, Joao Cancelo, Phil Foden.

    MANCHESTER CITY (4-3-3): Ederson; Kyle Walker, John Stones, Ruben Dias, Oleksandr Zinchenko; Kevin De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Ilkay Gundogan; Riyad Mahrez, Ferran Torres, Sergio Aguero.

    West Ham are not on a bad run of form themselves, losing only one of their last 11 Premier League games. David Moyes’ men are sitting in the final Champions League spot and have been playing excellent football. The Hammers recorded a 2-1 win over Tottenham last week courtesy of goals from Michail Antonio and a resurgent Jesse Lingard. However, they face the ultimate challenge today.

    City are on the march in all competitions, reeling off an imperious run of 19 wins in a row. Pep Guardiola’s men have taken command of the Premier League title race and begin the afternoon 10 points clear of Manchester United in second. They brushed aside Borussia Monchengladbach in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash during the week. City are operating at the peak of their powers.

    Good afternoon and welcome to the live commentary of the Premier League clash between Manchester City and West Ham United at the Etihad Stadium.

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