- Sane opens scoring
- Sterling has two assists
- WATCH: Cresswell’s beauty free kick
- City reaches 102 goals
Raheem Sterling was a menace, bagging two assists as Manchester City crushed West Ham United 4-1 at the London Stadium on Sunday.
Fernandinho, Gabriel Jesus, and Leroy Sane scored for City, which also found its way to the scoreboard due to a Pablo Zabaleta own goal. City’s 102 goals are one shy of Chelsea’s Premier League record.
Aaron Cresswell scored for West Ham United, now just three points clear of the drop zone with a minus-24 goal difference becoming an increasing concern.
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Marko Arnautovic and Mark Noble issued a pair of hard fouls early, and Man City responded by almost going ahead through Ilkay Gundogan. The German couldn’t get enough on a cross into the 18, and it bounded through the box.
Sane opened the scoring in the 13th, with Patrice Evra‘s headed block attempt wrong-footing Adrian.
Ederson intervened to stop West Ham’s answer, with Manuel Lanzini‘s cross too far for Aaron Cresswell and punched clear.
An own goal off the boot of Declan Rice and rear end of Pablo Zabaletagave Man City its 100th Premier League goal of the season, and the Citizens had 63 minutes to score three more en route to the record.
That quickly became background noise with a scary head injury to Cheikhou Kouyate, who was lay stricken on the turf for some time. Kouyate went head-to-head with Aymeric Laporte in an accidental collision that the latter saw coming.
But hold on: moments after Marko Arnautovic had a goal pulled back for a foul, Cresswell zipped a gorgeous free kick past a flying Ederson for 2-1. 42′.
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1 – Pablo Zabaleta is the first player to score an own goal against a side he’s previously played for in the Premier League since Jonjo Shelvey vs Liverpool in December 2014. Unfortunate. pic.twitter.com/GGusRTm7rx
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) April 29, 2018
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City carved up the West Ham 18 for a third when Jesus cut to the penalty spot and passed behind Adrian.
The Irons could’ve been behind 4-1 when Cresswell cut down Raheem Sterling, but the foul went uncalled.
Fernandinho did make it four, starting and finishing a play with Man of the Match candidate Stirling to put City on the precipice of tying the PL record.