Man City v West Ham: Aguero’s penalty goal helps Citizens beat stubborn Hammers 1-0

Man City v West Ham: Aguero’s penalty goal helps Citizens beat stubborn Hammers 1-0

- Man City v West Ham saw the Citizens dominate the first stanza possession but could not break Hammers defence

- Substitute Bernardo Silva was fouled in the penalty box on the 59th minute by Felipe Anderson and Sergio Aguero netted from the spot kick

- Man City held on to keep off West Ham’s threat to claim all three points to keep pace with EPL leaders Liverpool

Man City v West Ham tie was keenly contested as Sergio Aguero’s second half penalty goal was all Man City needed to beat West Ham 1-0 in a tough Premier League clash on Wednesday, February 27, at the Etihad.

The all-important win saw the defending champions keep the chase on league leaders, Liverpool, who thrashed Watford 5-0 on Wednesday night at Anfield.

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The contest saw Aguero's goal from the spot save Pep Guardiola's men blushes during the tough match.

Man City took the kick-off and Kelvin de Bruyne missed the first goal scoring move of the game by whiskers.

The home-side had other chances to net in the opening 10 minutes but West Ham maintained their composure in the defence.

Nicolas Otamendi came close to breaking the deadlock for the Citizens but the big defender could only watch his effort go wide.

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Despite other opportunities that came Man City way in the first 45 minute they were unable to bridge the Hammers defence wall.

At the end of the first stanza the Manuel Pellegrini side held their own to go into the break on a clean sheet.

After the commencement of hostilities in the second stanza, Guardiola replaced Riyad Mahrez with by Raheem Sterling in the 55th, who lasted three minutes on the pitch before Bernardo Silva came in for Leroy Sane as City went in search for the winner.

And in the 59th minute Aguero scored from the spot after Felipe Anderson rough challenge on substitute Silva inside West Ham penalty box.

In the 67th minute, Luukasz Fabianski was spot on to stop Sterling’s long-range drive, which was heading for City’s second goal.

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The Polish shot-stopper was also called into action to deny Aguero his brace moments later

And at the end of 90 minutes no further goal was scored in the contest.

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Manchester City squad members returned to training Monday afternoon despite playing for 120 minutes in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final win over Chelsea ahead of their Premier League clash with West Ham.

According to a Daily Mail report, City players did not show any sign of fatigue during the light session on Monday afternoon, claiming their first trophy of the season via penalties after beating Chelsea 4-3 at Wembley after a keenly-contested 0-0 draw.

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