Manchester City made club history when they beat Bournemouth 4-0 at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday – an eighth consecutive victory that broke a 110-year-old record.
- Manchester City 4 Bournemouth 0
- De Bruyne opens the scoring
- Iheanacho and Sterling extend lead
- Gundogan gets his first for the club
- Nolito sees red at the end
City were always going to dominate possession at home and that’s how it turned out in the early going. Pep Guardiola’s side were looking menacing and it didn’t take long for his side to take the lead. Kevin de Bruyne hit a clever free-kick from outside the box that went underneath the Bournemouth wall and it was 1-0 to City in the 15th minute.
In the 24th minute it was 2-0 when a lightning fast counter attack saw the Cherries opened up. De Bruyne slid a pass through to Raheem Sterling and his cross found Kelechi Iheanacho to sidefoot home with ease.
City looked frightening on attack and were picking apart the away side with ease at times. It was more of the same after the break when De Bruyne ran at the Bournemouth defence and found Iheanacho with a pass. The Nigerian’s cross found Sterling, who tapped-in from close range. It was proving to be a masterclass from De Bruyne and he was at the heart of things for lkay Gundogan’s goal in the 66th minute.
The Cherries offered little all afternoon although a Harry Arter effort did go close late on. The day ended on a slightly sour note when Nolito was red-carded for a headbutt on Adam Smith. Nonetheless, it was a superb performance and it could be an exciting season for Man City fans to look forward to.
Manchester City have been in some irresistible form and it was clear early on at the Etihad Stadium that it was going to be a long afternoon for visiting Bournemouth. They took control of possession from the very start and the pressure was clearly going to be in the direction of Artur Boruc’s goal. It wasn’t long before City’s pressure paid dividends when Kevin de Bruyne hit a 15th minute free kick underneath the Cherries wall and into the back of the net.
Bournemouth were rarely threatening and City soon made them pay when in the 24th minute a lightning counter from the home side led to a Kelechi Iheanacho goal. De Bruyne picked the ball up following a Bournemouth attack and he found Raheem Sterling in space. The winger then got his head up and picked out Kelechi Iheanacho in the box who was able to sidefoot an effort into the back of the net.
The Cherries were struggling to get out of the blocks and it was more of the same after the break from City. The ball broke to that man de Bruyne again and he ran at the retreating defence of the away side. The Belgium international fed Iheanacho and he picked out Sterling who was able to tap-in an easy finish in the 48th minute.
Pep Guardiola’s side were now coming in waves at Eddie Howe’s side and it looked as if it was going to be a massacre in Manchester. However, the visitors managed to keep out the worst of the onslaught until the 66th minute. lkay Gundogan got his first goal for the club after more fine work from de Bruyne – the number 17 had a hand in all four of City’s goals on the day.
The Citizens spared the visitors further punishment and Harry Arter could have pulled back a consolation goal late on, however, his effort fizzed just wide. It was a virtuoso performance from the home side as they made history by making it eight wins in a row under Pep Guardiola.
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