David Silva scored one in his penultimate home game of the Premier League for Manchester City and aided another in leaving Bournemouth in deep danger of relegation to the Championship.
The 34-year-old Spaniard Silva, who will be leaving Manchester City after 10 years at the end of the season, curved a stunning six-minute free-kick into the top corner to send the hosts ahead at Etihad Stadium.
Bournemouth recovered well and had chances of leveling as Ederson made a huge save from Junior Stanislas ‘s free-kick and Nicolas Otamendi put Dominic Solanke in a crucial block close by. Then Silva turned Jesus provider Gabriel as Brazil found the bottom corner before half-time to double City’s advantage.
Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth battled hard in the second half and David Brooks converted a late lifeline from Callum Wilson’s pass to hand over to the Cherries, preventing further damage when the video assistant referee reversed a penalty awarded by Steve Cook for a tackle on Jesus.
Unable to find an injury-time equalizer with only two games left, defeat leaves three-point safety drift for Bournemouth.
The city is already expected to finish second, pushing 18 points behind champions in Liverpool and meeting Arsenal later on Wednesday.