Haaland and City respond to Arsenal

After two separate draws against Forest and RB Leipzig, City had a much more relaxed day on the south coast of England. It suited him well. In previous clashes, the Mancunians took the lead on the scoreboard to see how their rivals ended up scratching a point. Frustrating. In Bournemouth they faced a team they have beaten in the previous eleven Premier League games. The twelfth did not change sign. It was a comfortable victory, without surprises. The cherries, which fall to the relegation places, offered no resistance.

The visitors won in possession and in shots on goal when the clock marked the first quarter of an hour. Then they found the prize for their initial insistence. Rico Lewis dived to the ground to steal a ball in the opposite field and the avalanche began. Ilkay Gündogan hung the ball behind the defense, and although Neto won the one-on-one against Phil Foden and Erling Haaland shot off the crossbar, City managed to open the scoring. Julián Álvarez did it by pushing the ball. Calmly. Haaland missed. Once, not the second time.

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At the edge of half an hour, Gundogan generated a goal play again. He started on the left so that the Norwegian scored at will after a drop shot from Foden. Away with the ghosts of previous draws. The advantage was on the way to victory and made Haaland make history. He surpassed Sergio Agüero’s record of 26 goals from the 2014/15 season to become the City footballer who has scored the most goals in a Premier League season. It has been 27 and there are still thirteen days left. He was not the only protagonist of the afternoon.

Foden celebrated his 200th game with the City shirt, sentencing the duel on the brink of rest. Philip Billing contributed to this with a pass as reckless as it was unnecessary. From the right side to the front of the area, without finding anyone other than Foden, who did not waste the gift. As if Billing’s help wasn’t enough, Bournemouth made a mess of clearing a ball in their own box after the restart. The second half started like the first half ended. Receiving a goal Álvarez fired and after a rebound off Chris Mepham, the ball returned to the net.

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And up to here. Guardiola took the opportunity to rest several regularsto test his two full-backs as midfielders, and to debut the Argentine Máximo Perrone. The celestial ones relaxed, and Jefferson Lerma took advantage of a mess to score the goal of honor for the locals. With the three points obtained in Bournemouth, Manchester City reduced the gap with Arsenal to two points. The margin could be five points again when the light blues return to action in the Premier League next weekend, as the Londoners will play their pending match with the Everton.


kalvin phillips (54′, Rodri), Sergio Gomez (54′, Ilkay Gundogan), joe rothwell (58′, Philip Billing), Ryan Fredericks (58′, Adam Smith), Riyad Mahrez (71′, Jack Grealish), Maximo Perrone (71′, Erling Haaland), jaidon anthony (75′, Hamed Traore), Kyle Walker (79′, Nathan Ake)


0-1, 14′: Julian Alvarez0-2, 28′: Erling Braut Haaland0-3, 44′: Foden0-4, 50′: Mepham1-4, 82′: Jefferson Lerma


Referee: Paul Tierney
VAR Referee: Andy Madley, Gary Beswick
dango ouattara (47′,Yellow) Mepham (57′,Yellow) kalvin phillips (59′,Yellow) Manuel Akanji (62′,Yellow)

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