Manchester City 2-1 Bournemouth: Brilliant Foden keeps City in Carabao Cup
Photo by Tom Flathers/Manchester City FC via Getty Images

A 2-1 win over Bournemouth with a debut goal from 17-year-old Liam Delap and another from Phil Foden means that Pep Guardiola's Manchester City will face Burnley at Turf Moor in the next round of the Carabao Cup.

Delap scored on his debut for City to make it 1-0 in the first half but an equaliser from Bournemouth's, Sam Surridge four minutes later meant the teams were level at half time.

Foden scored the winner in the 75th minute as a tired Bournemouth who threatened City on multiple occasions couldn't find the strength to bag a second equaliser.

City's fourth-round fixture against Burnley will be the team's fourth of five games in a 13 day period so Guardiola will be keen to not add to his side's already long list of injuries during their Premier League match against Leicester City at the weekend.

  • Story of the Match

After a slow first ten minutes for City, their first chance came from new signing Ferran Torres. The Spaniard received the ball from Phil Foden and chested it towards goal forcing Mark Travers to make the first save of the game.

Another Foden pass found Riyad Mahrez in a good position but his shot in the 16th minute was blocked by the Bournemouth keeper.

It was debutant Delap who was the first name on the score sheet, however. The City academy graduate was gifted a through ball from Foden and blasted a left-footed shot into the top left corner to make it 1-0.

But it wasn't long before Bournemouth equalised at the other end as Surridge stumbled past Adrian Bernabe in the box and drove the ball along the floor into the bottom left corner of City's net.

Both managers were met with early injury concerns as Bournemouth's Lloyd Kelly was substituted for Jordan Zemura in the 27th minute and City's Bernabe was walked off on a stretcher and looked to be in considerable distress less than ten minutes later.

Rodri found himself with plenty of room on the edge of the box in the 41st minute but his shot failed to find the target, rising just above the Bournemouth crossbar.

Man City were dominant in possession and had more shots than Bournemouth in the opening 45 minutes but the two teams walked down the tunnel at half time with the scoreline reading 1-1.

City came out on top at the start of the second half, driving into the Bournemouth penalty area however a counter-attacking play from the visitors almost allowed Surridge to double his goal tally but a scuffed shot was easily blocked by American keeper, Zack Steffen.

Bournemouth continued to look dangerous as another counter-attack in the 55th minute forced Steffen to rush outside of the box to avoid Surridge getting another shot on the City goal.

Kyle Walker, City's captain for the night, found the outside netting at 57 minutes when his shot from the edge of Bournemouth's box was deflected.

Unmarked 18-year-old, Taylor Harwood-Bellies should have given the Blues the lead at the hour mark but his header from a corner was well wide of the Travers' posts.

Guardiola added some firepower from the bench to capitalise on City's possession, subbing on PFA Player of the Year Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling with 30 minutes of normal time left to play.

Foden made it 2-1 in the 75th minute after some superb link-up play with Mahrez. Travers did well to save a shot Mahrez's shot from outside the box but the ball fell to the feet of Foden who smashed it into the back of the Bournemouth goal.

  • Takeaways

  • Foden the Star Man

City's Phil Foden was the star of the show, sealing their place in the next round of the Carabao Cup. Not only did the 20-year-old score the winner for the Manchester side but he was Guardiola's key player against Bournemouth.

His intricate, clever passing broke Jason Tindall's side's defensive line, giving  Torres and Mahrez good chances and providing the assist for  Delap's debut goal.

Debut Delight for Delap

Liam Delap shone as one of City's main men on his first team debut. The 17-year-old had several chances, found the net and was a constant physical threat in Bournemouth's box. The front man is definitely one to watch for the Blues in the future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VAVEL Logo