As it happened: Sterling double ensures Man City continue winning start

As it happened: Sterling double ensures Man City continue winning start
LIVE: Manchester City vs West Ham United | Photo: VAVEL UK / Jonathan Walsh
Manchester City
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West Ham United
Manchester City: Caballero; Zabaleta, Stones (Kolarov, min. 58), Otamendi, Clichy; Fernandinho, Silva; Sterling, De Bruyne, Nolito (Nolito, min. 75); Aguero (Fernando, min. 87)
West Ham United: Adrian; Collins, Reid (Calleri, min. 78), Ogbonna; Antonio, Tore (Byram, min. 46), Noble, Kouyate, Masuaku; Fletcher, Valencia (Lanzini, min. 60).
SCORE: 1-0, Sterling, min. 7. 2-0 Fernandinho (min. 18). 2-1, min. 57, Antonio. 3-1, min. 90+2, Sterling.
REFEREE: Andre Marriner. Booked: Fernandinho (min. 6). Masuaku (min. 13). Fletcher (min. 48). Noble (min. 51)
INCIDENTS: Premier League fixture between Manchester City and West Ham United. The game is being played at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester.

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Raheem Sterling's double clinches the three points, sandwiched in between goals from Fernandinho and Michail Antonio. 

That's full-time at the Etihad where Man City have beaten West Ham by three goals to one. 

90+4 FULL TIME: Manchester City 3-1 West Ham United

90+2' Sterling rounds Adrian and finishes from an extremely tight angle. Excellent composure for a player who is regularly criticised for his lack of exactly that. 

GOOOAAAAL! Sterling finishes the game that he started with a well taken goal. 

90+2' Silva strikes the post!

City currently playing at walking pace. 

90' Four minutes to be added on. 

89' Nasri now fires over. A clincher seems more likely than an equaliser currently. 

89' Silva sets up Sterling who uses his right foot instead of his left and finds the side netting. 

87' Lanzini's delivery is poor and City eventually win a free-kick. Meanwhile, Aguero is replaced by Fernando. 

86' Otamendi concedes a free-kick in a dangerous position following some neat footwork from Lanzini. 

84' Almost a third for City as Nasri rounds Adrian but, from a tight angle, sees his effort cleared away from goal. 

82' City just trying to see out the game with a bit of possession. West Ham trying to attack every time they get the ball back but are struggling to find a way past Otamendi and Kolarov. 

78' Jonathan Calleri replaces Reid. West Ham back to four at the back as the Argentinian joins Fletcher up top. 

77' Masuaku has improved recently, defends well against Sterling. 

76' Aguero is very lucky the referee hasn't seen his elbow make contact with the chest of Reid as the two challenged for a header. Reid is receiving treatment while Aguero looks innocent. Poor from the striker. 

75' A very blonde Samir Nasri replaces Nolito. 

74' Becoming a very open, end-to-end game now. Next goal, if there is one, will be vital. 

71' Nolito and Aguero try a one-two on the edge of the box but the second pass from the Argentinian is over-hit. 

70' Byram almost catches Adrian out as he deflects Aguero's cross towards goal but the goalkeeper gets down to claim the ball just in time. 

69' Sterling's high cross is met by the head of Byram and Adrian catches. 

66' Aguero hits the side netting with a left-footed shot. Angle was against the Argentinian. 

62' West Ham have a corner which is cleared to Noble, whose cross goes straight out of play. 

60' Valencia is replaced by Manuel Lanzini. 

59' Stones has been replaced by Aleksandar Kolarov. The former Everton man appears to be hurt. 

More on goal: Masuaku - lucky to be on the pitch - stands the ball up to the back post where Michail Antonio is ready and waiting to head into the net. 


56' Aguero rounds Adrian but his delight is met by the linesman's yellow flag. Offside. 

55' Valencia has a snap-shot which is comfortable for Caballero, who - as the old man would say - could throw his cap on the ball. 

53' Masuaku is halted by De Bruyne who is adjudged to have fouled the full-back. West Ham fail to make anything of the free-kick and City break. Aguero ends up miss-hitting his shot and it goes wide. 

52' West Ham finally clear a free-kick but the ball falls to Nolito whose shot hits the side netting. 

50' Mark Noble is called over to talk to Marriner as Masuaku is warned for the final time after fouling Sterling. Noble is booked, assumably for dissent. 

48' Fletcher is booked for a late challenge on Caballero, who was dithering on the ball. 

De Bruyne's free-kick is flicked on to Nolito who taps in but is deemed offside. West Ham get away with yet more poor defending. 

GOOOAAA NOOOO! Nolito flagged for offside. 

47' Trickery from Sterling earns him a free-kick wide on the right. West Ham have struggled to defend these so far and De Bruyne's delivery has been superb. 

46' The second half has started. Will we see more of the same? An early West Ham goal would certainly change the course of the contest. 

Players are almost ready to get us back underway. Sam Byram is replacing Gokhan Tore. 

We're going to have a quick break at VAVEL UK HQ but don't fear, we'll have all the action from the second half at the Etihad. 

Man City have blown away their opponents in the first 45 minutes and could, possibly should, be leading by more than the two goals they have currently scored. Raheem Sterling got the ball rolling with a tap-in after a wonderful move, before Fernandinho headed home a wonderful free-kick from Kevin De Bruyne. 

45+2' Half-time: Manchester City 2-0 West Ham United

45' Additionally, Man City will only be able to recharge their own batteries at half-time. 

45' Two minutes added on at the end of the first half. West Ham could really do with the break. 

42' John Stones is effectively playing as a roaming centre-back. Unbelievable stuff. 

40' Wonderful, wonderful move by City ends with them winning a corner. Superb football - West Ham were passengers. 

City seem a step ahead of every team in the division so far. The rotation between all ten outfield players is superb. Manchester derby in two weeks could be very intriguing. 

33' Looks like it was Adrian who saved, actually. 

33' Wonderful block - not sure who - as City create a very similar chance that led to their third. De Bruyne seemingly has an easy tap in but it's deflected wide. 

And it's almost put in by De Bruyne!

32' West Ham enjoying a bit more possession now having had to defend for the majority of the opening half an hour. However, they will need to make it count as City will hit back soon. 

32' Superb tackle by Otamendi as Antonio tries to use his pace to get in behind. Came after a wonderful pass by Mark Noble. 

30' Fletcher heads wide from Tore's cross. 

26' De Bruyne is inches away from making it 3-0 from the free-kick!

25' Clumsy, lazy challenge from Antonio, whose studs end up in the chest of Silva. Another free-kick in a dangerous position. West Ham losing their cool defensively and a third seems likely. 

24' De Bruyne almost dispossesses Reid on the edge of West Ham's box but the New Zealand international clears just in time. 

21' Aguero heads wide, although is flagged for offside. De Bruyne's delivery has been spot on so far, albeit some terrible defending from the usually resolute Hammers. 

21' Masuaku fouls De Bruyne once again and is given a final warning by Andre Marriner. Dangerous position here... 

More on goal: Terrific delivery by De Bruyne is powered home by Fernandinho. Flood gates are opening fairly quickly here. A Superb header by the Brazilian who scores his first goal since in 366 days. 


18' Sterling is dragged to the turf and earns a free-kick from a deep position within the right-hand channel. 

West Ham's formation is more of a 5-4-1, particularly when defending, rather than the 3-5-2 that we thought. Valencia is playing wide on the left with Fletcher the lone striker. 

13' Poor corner is cleared. Caballero played a superb ball up the touchline towards De Bruyne, who touches the ball past Masuaku who, in turn, wipes out the Belgian and is booked. 

13' West Ham earn their first corner. 

12' Fernandinho tries to play Sterling in behind from deep but Adrian is quick off his line to thwart the goal-scorer. 

11' The youngster Ashley Fletcher fires over from a tight angle. Good pressure applied by John Stones to take the former United man wide of goal. 

10' City look to pass their way through West Ham's back three but Collins intercepts and clears. 

More on goal: Superb break from Silva, who feeds the ball in between centre-back and full-back, Clichy squares to Sterling who passes the ball into the net. A very Guardiola goal. 


07' Sterling shoots but the ball is deflected wide. 

06' Fernandinho receives a yellow card for a poor tackle on Enner Valencia. 

05' Silva tries to curl the ball in from distance but it flies wide. 

04' Aguero drags an effort wide. 

03' Cleared this time but City have it back as Silva crosses for Otamendi who can't steer his effort goalwards. 

02' Another corner for City as they assert early pressure on their opponents. 

01' Otamendi heads over from Silva's resulting set-piece. 

01' Aguero wins an early corner for Man City. 

01' West Ham get us underway. 

Players are now coming out of the tunnel. Expecting a very good game in Manchester. 

Just under ten minutes until kick-off. 

A couple of surprises in both teams. Pep Guardiola refuses to include new signing Claudio Bravo at all, with Willy Caballero starting and Joe Hart on the bench. West Ham appear to be going with three at the back, with Michail Antonio and Arthur Masuaku as wing-backs. Ashley Fletcher makes his full Premier League debut having signed from Manchester United in the summer. 

Confirmed West Ham team: Adrian; Collins, Reid, Ogbonna; Antonio, Tore, Noble, Kouyate, Masuaku; Fletcher, Valencia. Subs: Randolph, Byram, Burke, Oxford, Obiang, Lanzini & Calleri.

Confirmed Manchester City team: Caballero; Zabaleta, Stones, Otamendi, Clichy; Fernandinho, Silva; Sterling, De Bruyne, Nolito; Aguero. Subs: Hart, Fernando, Nasri, Kolarov, Delph, Iheanacho & Navas. 

Team news in a little over 25 minutes. 

Predicted West Ham United team: Adrian; Byram, Collins, Reid, Masuaku; Obiang, Kouyate; Tore, Noble, Antonio; Calleri.

Predicted Manchester City team: Caballero; Sagna, Stones, Kolarov, Clichy; Fernandinho, Silva; Sterling, De Bruyne, Nolito; Aguero.

Captain Mark Noble is set to return to West Ham side having missed the European humiliation with a wrist injury. Fellow midfielder Havard Nordtveit will miss the game due to a foot injury, while Manuel Lanzini and Dimitri Payet will be assessed. Jonathan Calleri could make his Premier League bow.

Guardiola suggested Claudio Bravo will have to wait for his turn in goal having signed from Barcelona in midweek. This means Willy Caballero is likely to continue between the sticks after starting the first two Premier League games as the infamous Joe Hart saga drags on without a clear conclusion in sight. Striker Kelechi Iheanacho is available despite picking up an injury against Staeau Bucharest.

Critics expected Guardiola to take a while to adapt to the tough, physical and rigid style of the English top-flight. But he really has taken to it like the proverbial duck to water. He has implemented very similar tactics to the styles that dominated the Bundesliga and early signs are enough to suggest that they could well dominate the Premier League, too. The ever-scoring Aguero somehow still manages to improve, while John Stones could be one of the signings of the season. The defender, signed for a questionably high fee from Everton, appears to suit Guardiola’s system to perfection and will hope to be a big part of Sam Allardyce’s England squad, which will be announced upon the full time whistle at the Etihad.

City sailed through their midweek European game, but West Ham were embarrassed. Having drawn the first leg of their Europa League tie against Astra Giurgiu, the Romanians defeated the Hammers on their own prestige turf. Bilic is still yet to guide his side to the Europa League group stages in his two attempts.

West Ham have fared quite contrastingly. They were unlucky to lose against Chelsea on the opening day, as Diego Costa fired in a late winner, but the tables turned when they were rather fortunate to come away with a late win last weekend against AFC Bournemouth. The Hammers’ London Stadium made its Premier League bow as Michail Antonio headed home the winner against the ten-man Cherries, but fans’ discontent continues to grow as, you know, it’s just not quite the Boleyn Ground, is it?

Hosts Man City have had a phenomenal start to the season. Although a stuttering 2-1 win over Sunderland invited a couple of critics, the Citizens have been much more emphatic since. Stoke City were blown away, with Sergio Aguero and Nolito bagging braces in a 4-1 win, sandwiched in between two Champions League qualifying games against Steuea Bucharest who City dispatched 6-0 on aggregate.

Hello and Welcome to VAVEL UK'S live minute-by-minute commentary and match updates as Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City face Slaven Bilic’s West Ham United. I’m Sam Smith and I will be taking you through the game, along with build-up, including team news, opinions, live coverage and then post-match reaction. Stay tuned for further updates and be sure to join in with the discussion on social media, including the official VAVEL UK Twitter account (@VAVEL) and my own (@_SmithSamuel).