Ilkay Gundogan and Fernandinho scored for the defending champions as they secured one of the important football scores of the weekend in the Premier League. In an entertaining first half, Gundogan put Man City ahead with a tap-in in the 33rd minute. There was an extended interval to give the ground staff time to clear the surface that was laden with snow. City dominated the second half and doubled their lead in the 90th minute through Fernandinho with Manuel Lanzini grabbing a consolation goal in the last minute of stoppage time.
Man City: Ederson (6), Walker (6), Dias (6), Laporte (7), Cancelo (7), Gundogan (8), Rodri (6), Bernardo Silva (6), Mahrez (7), Jesus (6), Sterling (6).
Subs: Fernandinho (7).
West Ham: Fabianski (5), Johnson (6), Zouma (5), Dawson (5), Cresswell (6), Soucek (6), Rice (7), Fornals (6), Masuaku (5), Benrahma (5), Antonio (5).
Subs: Coufal (5), Lanzini (6), Bowen (5).
Man of the Match: Ilkay Gundogan
Man City boss Pep Guardiola: “The number of chances we created, especially in the first half, in the conditions that both teams played in – it was a huge victory for us, for the effort of the players and the performance. We didn’t concede much. We defended the set-pieces really well and counter-attacks we controlled.”
West Ham manager David Moyes: “The real quality at the end was the difference. Man City is full of quality and good players. We did lots of good things but when we got the chance to create a good opening or finish, we didn’t take it. You don’t come to Man City and get loads of them, but we did our best to get some.”
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