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West Ham 1-3 Manchester City: Champions come from behind to end Hammers’ unbeaten start

Bernardo Silva scored his first goal of the season to preserve Manchester City’s winning start to the Premier League season

Second-half goals from Jeremy Doku, Bernardo Silva and Erling Haaland helped Manchester City come from behind to beat in-form West Ham and continue their winning start to the Premier League season.

James Ward-Prowse’s diving header gave the Hammers the lead against the run of play, but Doku’s first City goal restored parity 43 seconds after the interval.

Silva then collected Julian Alvarez’s looping ball over the top of the West Ham defence before calmly prodding past the onrushing Alphonse Areola.

Haaland, who had squandered several earlier opportunities, extended City’s lead with a trademark finish.

City restore their two-point lead over Tottenham and Liverpool at the top of the table, while West Ham drop to sixth after suffering their first defeat of the campaign.

City patience pays off

There was little wrong with City’s first-half display at London Stadium, but, despite registering 17 shots before the break, they could not find a way past Areola and West Ham’s deep-lying rearguard.

They went close to taking a deserved lead after only six minutes, but Areola produced fine saves to deny Rodri and Ruben Dias either side of Tomas Soucek’s goal-line block from Haaland.

The Norwegian – of all people – squandered two glorious opportunities before half-time, somehow steering Doku’s low cross wide of the far post before having another shot cleared off the line by the retreating Nayef Aguerd.

Guardiola, back in the City dugout following surgery, will have asked for more of the same from his players at half-time and they were level moments after the restart as the lively Doku cut in from the left before producing an expert finish.

Alvarez rattled a post with a magnificent free-kick, but City were not to be denied as the Argentine scooped a clever ball over the West Ham defence for Silva to poke home.

Haaland delivered the icing on the cake late on, extending his league tally to seven goals in five games this season with a smart finish from Silva’s pass.

Valiant Hammers fall short

West Ham overcame Brighton last month despite having only 22% possession, and for a long time it looked as though they might secure another famous win against the Premier League champions.

The hosts had their backs to the wall for the vast majority of the first half but could have taken the lead before the opener, Aguerd nearly getting on the end of Soucek’s near-post flick-on following a clever corner routine involving Ward-Prowse and Jarrod Bowen.

West Ham’s move for the opener was perfectly executed, Vladimir Coufal lofting a delightful cross in for Ward-Prowse to head home from close range.

But they were unable to keep the visitors at bay in the second half, much to the frustration of David Moyes, his coaching staff and the home supporters.

Ederson pulled of a sensational one-handed save to deny Kurt Zouma with the score at 1-1, but Silva’s goal seemed to deflate West Ham before Haaland’s late effort ended their hopes of getting anything from the contest.

Player of the match

Ward-ProwseJames Ward-Prowse

West Ham United

  1. Squad number7Player nameWard-Prowse

  2. Squad number19Player nameÁlvarez

  3. Squad number23Player nameAreola

  4. Squad number10Player nameLucas Paquetá

  5. Squad number20Player nameBowen

  6. Squad number27Player nameAguerd

  7. Squad number33Player nameEmerson

  8. Squad number9Player nameAntonio

  9. Squad number5Player nameHe backed off

  10. Squad number28Player nameSoucek

  11. Squad number4Player nameDry

  12. Squad number14Player nameHoly

  13. Squad number22Player nameBenrahma

  14. Squad number24Player nameSweeper

  15. Squad number18Player nameIngs


West Ham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 23Areola
  • 5He backed offSubstituted forSweeperat 87′minutes
  • 4Dry
  • 27Aguerd
  • 33Emerson
  • 28SoucekBooked at 79minsSubstituted forIngsat 87′minutes
  • 19ÁlvarezBooked at 38minsSubstituted forBenrahmaat 68′minutes
  • 20Bowen
  • 7Ward-Prowse
  • 10Lucas PaquetáBooked at 90mins
  • 9AntonioSubstituted forHolyat 67′minutes


  • 1Fabianski
  • 3Cresswell
  • 8Fornals
  • 14Holy
  • 15Mavropanos
  • 18Ings
  • 21Ogbonna
  • 22Benrahma
  • 24Sweeper

Man City

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 31Ederson
  • 2Walker
  • 25Akanji
  • 3Ruben Dias
  • 24GuardiolBooked at 45minsSubstituted forWhatat 90+5′minutes
  • 16RodriBooked at 89mins
  • 20Bernard SilvaSubstituted forBobat 90+5′minutes
  • 47The footSubstituted forNunesat 67′minutes
  • 19Álvarez
  • 11TissueSubstituted forGómezat 90′minutes
  • 9HaalandSubstituted forLewisat 90+4′minutes


  • 4Phillips
  • 6What
  • 18Ortega
  • 21Gómez
  • 27Nunes
  • 33Carson
  • 52Bob
  • 82Lewis

Andy Madley


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