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Manchester City was dealt a blow to their title hopes as they produced one of the close football results of the weekend in the Premier League. Jarrod Bowen opened the scoring in the 24th minute and doubled their advantage in the 45th minute. Jack Grealish pulled a goal back in the 49th minute before a Vladimir Coufal equalized for the defending champions.

Player ratings

West Ham: Fabianski (9), Coufal (6), Zouma (7), Dawson (7), Cresswell (6), Rice (8), Soucek (7), Lanzini (7), Fornals (8), Bowen (9), Antonio (8).
Subs: Noble (6).

Man City: Ederson (6), Cancelo (6), Fernandinho (6), Laporte (6), Zinchenko (6), Rodri (8), De Bruyne (7), Grealish (8), Silva (7), Mahrez (6), Jesus (7).
Subs: None.

Man of the match: Jarrod Bowen.

Managers Reaction 

Man City boss Pep Guardiola: “Great comeback. And a comeback against this team in this stadium with the way they defend and how strong they are was an incredible credit to the team. We played a really good game. We spoke at half-time and said if we score one goal, we’ll be in the game, don’t give up. Fortunately, we scored early in the second half. One more week, one more game, with our people at home. I assure you something: it will be sold out in the Etihad Stadium and we’ll do the best performance possible to win the game and win the title.”

West Ham’s Mark Noble: “We agreed we wouldn’t do [a sentimental sub] it was only to be in the best interests of the football team and West Ham. Kevin Nolan came over to me at half-time and said the gaffer’s going to need you at about 70 minutes and it’s thank you to Lukasz that he saves the penalty right at the end and makes the day that little bit more special. I tried to keep it together at first but the emotion got the better of me.”

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