Josep Guardiola’s star gallery fought hard for a winning goal towards the end, but West Ham kept out of the pressure and secured another good result in the Premier League.
Michail Antonio gave the hosts the lead with a very nice goal in the first half, while Phil Foden scored City’s goal shortly after the break.
Guardiola started the match with the same line-up as in the previous match, something he very rarely does. The Spaniard wanted to find the rhythm quickly, but it was instead West Ham who scored first.
17 minutes into the game, the home team was awarded a penalty. He got a good pass from Vladimír Coufal, threw himself around and scissors kicked the ball in with his back to goal.
The minutes that followed were frustrating for the City team on a pitch where they have normally done very well. The last five away games against West Ham have yielded 23 goals and five victories, but on Saturday David Moyes’ team managed for a long time to wall again from behind.
Guardiola replaced Sergio Agüero with Phil Foden at the break, and he was quickly paid for the substitution. The young boy Foden had been on the field for about five minutes when he turned and shot in the same movement. The ball went in goal to 1-1.
The scoring turned the match around somewhat, and the hosts were put under constant pressure in the minutes that followed. City often won the ball high in the field and created some good opportunities. At the same time, it could look like several players were somewhat affected by the fact that they played a Champions League match on Wednesday.
In the last ten minutes, there were great chances for both teams. Raheem Sterling (City) and Pablo Fornals (West Ham) each misused their chances before Riyad Mahrez put the ball in the post three minutes into overtime. Thus, it ended 1-1.