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Sunday 18 March 2018

Manchester City v Bournemouth - Story of the match

Manchester City run riot at the Etihad Stadium as they breeze past Bournemouth in a 4-0 win
Manchester City run riot at the Etihad Stadium as they breeze past Bournemouth in a 4-0 win

Pep Guardiola's stunning start at Manchester City continued as the Premier League leaders crushed Bournemouth 4-0 at the Etihad Stadium.

Goals from Kevin De Bruyne, Kelechi Iheanacho, Raheem Sterling and Ilkay Gundogan secured City's eighth successive win - an unprecedented feat for the club at the start of a season - since Guardiola took charge.

The only downside for City was the sending-off of Nolito for aiming a headbutt at Adam Smith in the 86th minute, but the performance as a whole was highly impressive.

Tweet of the Match

"#ManCity scoring goals for fun!" - Former West Ham defender Danny Gabbidon (@Gabbidon35)

Star Man

Kevin De Bruyne

The Belgian has enjoyed an outstanding start to the season and on this occasion he was almost unplayable. He opened the scoring with a clever free-kick and then had a hand in the other three goals. On this form he is destined for greatness.

Highlight of the match

There is so much to admire about the way City are playing under Guardiola and on the counter-attack they can be simply breathtaking. Their second and third goals came from brilliant breaks instigated by the magnificent De Bruyne. For the first of them Sterling unselfishly teed up Iheanacho and the Nigerian returned the favour for the next.

Surprise of the match

After 85 minutes City's performance seemed perfect. It was marred somewhat by Nolito in the closing minutes. The Spaniard lost his cool and aimed a headbutt at Adam Smith. There did seem to be some provocation and he did not make firm contact, but it was still a silly reaction. His red card was not undeserved.


Manchester City

Claudio Bravo 6

Bacary Sagna 6

Nicolas Otamendi 7

Aleksandar Kolarov 8

Gael Clichy 6

Fernandinho 7

Raheem Sterling 9

Ilkay Gundogan 9

Kevin De Bruyne 10

Nolito 5

Kelechi Iheanacho 8


John Stones (for Otamendi) 6

Leroy Sane (for Gundogan) 6

Aleix Garcia (for De Bruyne) 6


Artur Boruc 7

Adam Smith 6

Simon Francis 5

Steve Cook 6

Charlie Daniels 6

Jordon Ibe 5

Jack Wilshere 4

Andrew Surman 6

Harry Arter 5

Joshua King 5

Junior Stanislas 5


Callum Wilson (for Ibe) 6

Dan Gosling (for Wilshere) 6

Max Gradel (for Stanislas) 6

Who's up next?

Swansea v Manchester City, (EFL Cup, September 21)

Bournemouth v Preston (EFL Cup, September 20)

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