West Ham 0-5 Manchester City as it happened: Prolific City hit five to go top of the league
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14:25a year ago

Man of the Match

My Man of the Match goes to Raheem Sterling.

A menace throughout, and a second-half hat-trick, picking up where he left off as one of the most prolific forwards in the Premier League.

14:24a year ago

Full-time: West Ham 0-5 Manchester City

City better Liverpool's big win over Norwich yesterday to send themselves top of the league.

West Ham will feel hard done by to lose by such an emphatic margin after holding their own in the first-half.

Nevertheless, a statement from City in the opener.

14:22a year ago

94'

Chicharito fires a free-kick well over the bar from distance.
14:20a year ago

91' Goal! 5-0 City!

Sterling gets his hat-trick!

Mahrez slides the ball through to City's number seven, who dummies the pass to Aguero before slotting past Fabianski at his near post. 

14:19a year ago

90'

There will be five additional minutes.
14:17a year ago

87'

Walker is booked for a late challenge on Fornals.
14:13a year ago

86' Goal! 4-0 City!

Aguero this time slides the ball the other way for City's fourth of the afternoon, sending them top of the league. 
14:13a year ago

84'

Aguero is denied by Fabianski, however, with the Pole slightly off his line it will be retaken.
14:11a year ago

83'

Diop brings Mahrez down in the area - penalty for City.
14:10a year ago

79'

Double change for City. Foden and Gundogan replace de Bruyne and Silva.
14:05a year ago

75' Goal! 3-0 City

City's third seals the three points!

Sterling scores following a terrific ball over the top from Mahrez, leaving the Hammers defence for dead. 

The English winger lobs Fabianski for his second of the game. 

14:04a year ago

73'

Fantastic double save from Ederson to deny Chicharito and Lanzini from close range.

West Ham very unfortunate not to be back in the game.

14:00a year ago

71'

With the home crowd behind them, West Ham are starting to see more of the ball, trying to look for a way back into the game.

When without the ball, the citizens are defending deep, and look comfortable.

13:58a year ago

69'

A tough afternoon for West Ham potentially just got tougher.

Aguero comes on for Jesus. 

13:55a year ago

65'

Anderson goes down with a thigh injury and will be replaced by Chicharito. 
13:51a year ago

62'

Anderson is booked for a late challenge on Laporte. 
13:48a year ago

60'

A fantastic chance for the Hammers to get back into the game on the hour mark.

Snodgrass whips in a teasing free-kick from the left into Diop, who rises above everyone and narrowly heads over the bar. Huge chance.

13:47a year ago

55'

Snodgrass replaces Wilshere for West Ham's first change of the game. 
13:44a year ago

53'

Scintillating from City, who could've been three up.

Zinchenko slides the ball into Silva who slips the ball around the corner to Sterling, who simply slides the ball across goal to Jesus, for what he thought was his second tap in of the game.

VAR checks and rules Sterling offside, although it was very, very close.

 

13:44a year ago

51' Goal! City double their lead!

Fantastic from City as they win the ball back on the half-way line.

Mahrez plays the ball to de Bruyne who surges past Balbuena with pace, before setting up Sterling who calmly slides past Fabianski.

13:39a year ago

50'

Comfortable save for Fabianski following Sterling's tame header from the edge of the box.

City dominating possession in the early stages of the second 45.

13:36a year ago

46'

We're back underway in the second-half!
13:32a year ago

Half-time: West Ham 0-1 Manchester City

The champions lead at the break thanks to Jesus' goal after 25 minutes.

The Irons started excellently, however perhaps ran out of steam following their high pressure early on.

Walker causing a lot of problems for the home side down City's right. 

13:19a year ago

45'

There will be one additional minute at the end of the first 45.
13:16a year ago

40'

City more dominant in possession now, perhaps with West Ham tiring as the half-time mark approaches. Important that the home side stay in the game going into the second 45.
13:10a year ago

38'

A quick one-two between de Bruyne and Silva is followed by a quick shot from the edge of the box by the Belgian. On target, but held well by Fabianski.
13:09a year ago

35'

Haller receives the ball inside the area with his back to goal under pressure. The Frenchman attempts an overhead kick although Ederson comfortably saves.
13:06a year ago

32'

Rodri is down after being caught in the face by Antonio. VAR checks for a red card, however, the assistants deem it accidental from the West Ham forward.
13:03a year ago

29'

Walker again flies forward with the ball down the right, this time picking out Mahrez who also drives a low cross in towards Jesus. This time Fabianski gets down well and retrieves the ball.
13:00a year ago

24' Goal! City take the lead

Brilliant from City!

Walker is picked out on the overlap down the right flank from Mahrez, whilst simply having too much pace for Cresswell to deal with.

The English right-back then fires a teasing ball into the near post where Jesus arrives in between Diop and Balbuena to tap home the champions' first goal of the season. 

12:57a year ago

21'

City starting to get a little more time on the ball and attack the Irons' backline.

De Bruyne flicks the ball around the corner on the edge of the box to Mahrez, who beautifully dummies past Diop onto his left foot before firing into the side netting.

Best chance of the game so far. 

12:52a year ago

14'

West Ham's high press continues, barely allowing City any time on the ball, even in their own half.

Wilshere winning the midfield battle, so far. 

12:44a year ago

9'

Great piece of player from Mahrez, who cuts inside Cresswell and strikes on his stronger left foot from range.

Fabianski dives low to tip the ball around the post. 

12:40a year ago

7'

Lanzini picks Rodri's pocket inside his own area, before going down under pressure from the Spaniard. VAR checks the incident, no penalty.
12:37a year ago

4'

West Ham start on the front foot, hardly allowing City out of their own half.

Cresswell goes down following an accidental elbow in the face from Walker, although gets up and is fine to continue.

12:34a year ago

1'

Haller gets us underway in the capital!
12:30a year ago

Teams emerge onto the pitch

Cresswell and Silva lead their teams out of the tunnel as the atmosphere continues to in a packed out, sunny London Stadium.
12:27a year ago

Warm-ups are complete!

Warm-ups are done as the ground continues to fill - 10 minutes til kick-off!
12:20a year ago

Fabianski return

Last season, Fabianski was deemed one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League, saving West Ham in countless matchups and opening the eyes of many.

He took a knock in pre-season and was doubtful for today, however, his return is a huge boost as the Irons defence can expect to be busy against the Premier League favourites.

11:53a year ago

Haller debut, Jesus starts

As expected, Haller leads the line for West Ham in the season opener - his first game competitive game for the Irons.

Jesus will also lead to the line for the champions, perhaps due to Aguero not being 100% fit following his late return to pre-season following the Copa America.

11:35a year ago

Team news is in!

West Ham starting XI: Fabianski; Fredricks, Balbuena, Diop, Cresswell (C); Rice, Wilshere, Lanzini; Antonio, Anderson, Haller.

Man City starting XI: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Laporte, Zinchenko; Rodrigo, Silva (C), De Bruyne; Mahrez, Sterling, Jesus.

11:32a year ago

We are about one hour away from the Premier League's debut for West Ham and Manchester City.

Our live coverage starts now.

11:25a year ago

Predicted XI's

West Ham: Fabianski; Fredericks, Diop, Balbuena, Cresswell; Rice; Antonio, Fornals, Lanzini, Anderson; Haller.

Man City: Ederson; Walker, Laporte, Stones, Zinchenko; David Silva, Rodri, De Bruyne; Bernardo Silva, Aguero, Sterling.

16:22a year ago

Team news

West Ham - Hammers skipper Mark Noble is unlikely to have recovered from a knock in time for the season opener, whilst Lukasz Fabianski is also doubtful having missed the final two pre-season fixtures.

Man City - City received a huge blow this week as they found out that Leroy Sane will require surgery after he sustained an anterior cruciate ligament injury in the Blues' Community Shield win over Liverpool.

Benjamin Mendy is also continuing his recovery from a knee injury and seems unlikely to be involved in the early stages of the season, whilst Ayermic Laporte should be available to start following his recovery from a knock.

16:22a year ago

Three in a row for City?

Over the past two seasons, City have pretty much been unstoppable.

198 points accumulated in just two seasons see this City side as one of the best in the competition's history.

Despite this, the Blues want more. Rodri has come in for a club-record fee this summer, a natural replacement for the ageing Fernandinho, proving further that City are still hungry, and keen to make it three titles in a row.

16:20a year ago

Irons looking to kick on

Last season was Manuel Pellegrini's first back in the Premier League, as he guided the Hammers to a respectable 10th place finish.

The dream for all West Ham fans is to push on and try to challenge for Europe. Pellegrini has been backed this summer as the Londoners spent big to bring in Sebastian Haller, potentially seeing them kick on further this season.

16:17a year ago

Welcome

Hello and welcome to VAVEL UK's live text commentary of West Ham United vs Manchester City. I'm Josh Slinger and I'll be taking you through the action as it unfolds at the London Stadium.
16:14a year ago
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