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The referee for today’s clash is Michael Oliver. His assistant referees are Stuart Burt and Simon Bennett. Our VAR is Stuart Attwell.
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Manchester City: 31 Ederson, 2 Walker, 3 Rúben Dias, 6 Aké, 7 Cancelo, 8 Gündogan, 16 Rodri, 17 De Bruyne, 47 Foden, 9 Haaland, 10 Grealish. Replacements: 4 Phillips, 5 Stones, 18 Ortega, 19 Álvarez, 20 Bernardo Silva, 26 Mahrez, 80 Palmer, 82 Lewis, 97 Wilson-Esbrand.
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West Ham United: 1 Fabianski, 5 Coufal, 4 Zouma, 2 Johnson, 3 Cresswell, 28 Soucek, 41 Rice, 20 Bowen, 10 Lanzini, 8 Fornals, 9 Antonio. Replacements: 7Scamacca, 11Vlasic, 12 Downes, 13 Areola, 22 Benrahma, 32 Coventry, 35 Randolph, 40 Oko-Flex, 50 Ashby.
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Manchester City will be without defender Aymeric Laporte until September as he recovers from knee surgery, but City fans will be delighted to welcome big striker Erling Haaland to the Premier League. With John Stones short on match fitness, Nathan Ake is likely to start.
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West Ham fans will have to wait on two new signings making their Premier League debut for the Hammers. Nayef Aguerd is recovering from an ankle injury sustained during a pre-season friendly, while Italian striker Gianluca Scamacca has yet to reach full match fitness and will start on the bench. Centre-back Angelo Ogbonna is still out with a knee injury.
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In their last meeting, which was also at the London Stadium, the Hammers held City to a 2-2 draw. A double strike from Jarrod Bowen had West Ham 2-0 ahead at half-time, but City fought back in the second half to share the points through a 49th minute goal from Jack Grealish to get the visitors back in the game before an own goal from Vladimír Coufal levelled the scores.
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Manchester City are unbeaten in their last 13 Premier League clashes against West Ham, picking up 10 wins and sharing the points on three occasions. During this run City have scored 34 goals to the 10 that the Hammers have put past the Citizens.
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Manchester City have won three of their last five matches, which included a 2-2 away draw to West Ham and their title-winning 3-2 win over Aston Villa, both at the end of last season. City’s pre-season friendlies were both won (2-1 vs Club America, 1-0 vs Bayern Munich), followed by their last match, which was the 3-1 defeat at the hands of Liverpool in the Charity Shield.
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The Hammers have had a lukewarm pre-season, drawing three of their last five matches, which included a 2-1 away win over Ipswich and a 3-1 away loss to Rangers. Their last match of the pre-season was a 0-0 draw away to Lens, where they had just three shots on target and 46% of possession.
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Manchester City won their 6th Premier League trophy last season after a momentous season-long battle with Liverpool. City won a phenomenal 29 of their 38 games to pick up 93 points… just one more than Liverpool. City’s goal difference was a mouth-watering 73+ and they won four and drew one of their last five matches last season.
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West Ham finished seventh in the Premier League last season with 16 wins from their 38 matches for a points tally of 56. Their goal difference was 9+… but they had a sub-standard end-of-season run-in, losing three of their last five matches and picking up just a solitary win.
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Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the English Premier League clash between West Ham United and Manchester City from the London Stadium in London.
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Corner for West Ham after some good work down the left wing.
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Kick-off! We are underway here in London.
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Bowen with a great shot on goal after a perfect header bounces around the box. Bowen really gave that the kitchen sink… West Ham keep the pressure and a good header flies overs the post. Magnificent start from the Hammers at full throttle.
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Short delay for Ederson to receive some medical attention after copping an arm in the face from his defender as that corner swung into the box. But he's up and the action continues.
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Grealish Gündoğan through, passes back to Grealish whose low cross in is collected by Fabiański.
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Haaland with his first touch in attack is snuffed out quickly by the Hammers defence.
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City with their favourite game of keep-ball… thy push through and Grealish releases a cross into the box which is cleared comfortably by the Hammers.
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Hammers with a run deep onto a long ball but Ederson lets it run for a goal-kick.
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Throw-in Man City after the Hammers clear from their box.
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De Bruyne with a shot block at close range, Grealish launches a lob into the box but it's cleared and West Ham win a free-kick.
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City working the ball this way and that looking for a chance to thread a pass onto an attacker.
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City with 82% of possession through the first 10 minutes.
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Throw-in Man City as Foden tries to round a defender, and we'll have a medical break for Grealish after a heavy tackle from the Hammers.
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Hammers clear the danger deep into the City half and give chase, pressuring Ederson into skewing his clearance away for a Hammers throw, which they waste.
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Hammers break down the left but the through ball is straight to a City player.
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Cancelo with a nice run towards the box, lays it off to De Bruyne whose first touch is poor but he gets a shot in but it swerves away from danger.
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West Ham with some nice possession and a long ball into the City half but they ae flagged for off-sides.
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Scrappy play in midfield by both sides, but City have the ball again… Foden on to De Bruyne whose cross is deflected for a City corner.
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Nice delivery but it curls too much and Fabianski takes it easily inside his six yard box.
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Grealish curls a cross into the box, City can't get a shot in despite some good interplay in and around the box.
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Foden with a lovely chip from the edge of the box for Haaland who leaps high and handsome but can't get more than his flowing locks on the ball and it's out for a goal-kick
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De Bruyne curls one into the six-yard box where Fabianski leaps up to punch the ball clear… but he smacks into two defenders and Haaland, and he gets the medical team to patch him up as the players take advantage of a drinks break. It is fair boiling here in London today… 31.2ºC by my barometer.
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Fabianski still trying to walk his banged leg free of that bruising he would have picked up.
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City still winning the keep-ball stakes today, mostly from their half at the moment as they look for the gaps to cut into.
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GOAL! But no the flag is up. Grealish to De Bruyne to Gündoğan in an offside position, lays it though to De Bruyne who slots it home but the flag was already up. What would this sport look like without he offsides rule, I wonder?
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SUBSTITUTION, WEST HAM, FABIANSKI. His dead leg has got the better of him, and he hands the gloves over to Areola. Real shame - Fabianski is a lovely player to watch. One can hear poetry sometimes when he's in action (especially in the slo-mos).
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West Ham's Antonio is getting some attention to his knee after a strong coming together… but he's up again now.
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City with 84% of the possession now but it's 1-1 on attempts at goal… and 0-0 on the adult's board.
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Good period of possession from City ends with a long ball over Grealish's hair and out for West Ham corner.
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Haaland put through beautifully by Gündoğan, Haaland with a soft touch to the left of the keeper but Areola brings the big man down with his dive… AND IT'S A PENALTY!
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GOAL, MAN CITY, HAALAND! 0-1; Haaland rolls his penalty into he left corner he celebrates with a Sitting Buddha pose as his team-mates mob him!
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Haaland's run into the box and his assured execution of the penalty both bore the mark of a world-class striker. City fans might have an extra good season ahead of them in 22/23!
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Free-kick for Man City just outside the box and in front of goal… but Gündoğan's effort is kicked way by the wall.
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West Ham go long but the ball is out for a City goal-kick
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West Ham clear a promising City attack and win a free-kick inside their half.
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Foden with a lovely back-heel for De Bruyne to run onto and cross low into the box but no City players are available… City win possession back but only for Cancelo to blast a shot wide.
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Good movement down the right wing from West Ham but Ake is too big of man to be taken advantage of and he wins his side a goal-kick.
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West Ham from the left and Antonio almost had possession on the edge of the City box but the ball was hacked away.
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HALF-TIME: WEST HAM 0-1 MAN CITY. Man City have dominated and at times West Ham were guilty of sitting back, although on the face of it it's possibly not a bad call against a side with the attacking skills of City. While West Ham have shown some enterprise at times, they're not looking strong enough on attack… so this could be a big goals day fo City.
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With that the referee brings the first-half to a close.
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YELLOW CARD, MAN CITY, CANCELO! 0-1; Cancelo is presented with a yellow card for his suggestion that the referee might go for an eye test.
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West Ham working hard to break into the City half… and Cancelo bundles Bowen over from behind and the Hammers have a free kick from the right wing in line with the penalty spot.
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The officials signal four minutes of added time a the of the first half.
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Haaland with an early run snuffed out by West Ham.
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Kick-off! We are underway in the second half.
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Kyle Walker wandering up into the West Ham half a sign that he wants in on game time…
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Hammers too loose on the pass to be in a position to cause City real trouble at the moment.
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City leading the completed passes stat today with 422 to 93… but there's still just the one goal separating the teams. Well, one goal and Ederson in goal…
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Foden on the right… and City switch to the left flan and now back to Ederson… but a careless pass from Gündoğan gives West Ham the chance to kick it around the box until Rice skies a shot from an excellent position over the bar. Snappy play from the Hammers… would have been interesting how the match might have shaped had that gone in.
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City losing their form and their minds as West Ham have two good efforts on goal but City manage to clear…
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Possession over the last five minutes is West Ham 43-57 City… good effort from West Ham but Moyes is ringing the changes on the sideline.
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…straight to the other end where Haaland fed Gündoğan, who perhaps should have shot rather than pushing it back to the Norwegian giant, and West Ham clear the danger.
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SUBSTITUTION, WEST HAM. Lanzini makes way for Mohamed Saïd Benrahma while Antonio is replaced by new signing Gianluca Scamacca, much to the delight of the home crowd.
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City with a half-hearted attack cleared easily.
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City just moving slowly through their passes… long ball to Foden, releases De Buyne who crosses for Haaland and Gündoğan, the latter side-footing wide from a good position.
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Good effort by West Ham buy Ederson clutches the shot comfortably
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West Ham with a good cross in from the left, City clear but the Hammers nail another cross in, which is also cleared, but the home side keeps possession.
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GOAL, MAN CITY, HAALAND! 0-2; another good cross in from West Ham which City header clear… long ball to De Bruyne, slide rule pass through to Haaland who steps over the ball before sliding it home with his left foot for his second goal on Premier League debut! Superb from City, but heartbreaking for the Hammers who were trying to turn the tide.
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West Ham pressing high looking for possession and a way back into this match. Good to see their sense of purpose, but they need to watch that they don't leave the back gate open.
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Grealish is pulled to the ground and City have a free-kick on the left wing, taken quick, City work into the box, Grealish with a short chip to the near post where Haaland rises high but can only succeed in hammering it way over the bar. Great play by City.
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West Ham with a great cross into the City box and Scamacca fires a header on goal bu Ederson is qual to it at full stretch… but it's ruled off-side anyway. Good play all around.
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Grealish and Bowen collide as Grealish's foot snicks his heel as he goes to ground, but the soldiers are back in action quickly.
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City with good work around the left wing and into the box, Gündoğan's crossing into the box but only Hammers were present to receive.
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Grealish lashes a shot on goal but it whimpers off to the left of the goal posts.
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SUBSTITUTION, MANCHESTER CITY. Haaland is replaced by Julián Álvarez while Bernardo takes the place of Gündoğan in a double swap from Pep.
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City putting pressure on West Ham from the left flank… moving the ball around now… across to De Bruyne… and Rodri slaps a shot wide from distance.
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West Ham with a good move into the City but it's broken down by the City defence.
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City toying with West Ham in midweek practice mode, but De Bruyne is suddenly caught in possession and West Ham attack but City clear the danger.
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City attack down the left, get forced to spread the ball wide and are moving it this way and that…
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Silva with a cross in from the byline which is pushed out for a corner.
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SUBSTITUTION, MAN CITY. Foden replaced by Mahrez, De Bruyne makes way for Jermaine Palmer and Rodri is off for new kid on the Etihad block, Kalvin Mark Phillips.
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Scamacca with a great run down the right flank but the City defence clears the danger.
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FULL-TIME: WEST HAM 0-2 MAN CITY. West Ham put in some decent effort at times but lacked a strong finishing touch. City looked good for their win, although far from invincible at this stage, but the headline news will be the Premier League double-strike from the giant Haaland who looks like he will have a formidable impact on City's push for a hat-trick of Premier League titles. It was certainly an entertaining evening, I thank you for sharing the excitement with us and hope you enjoy the rest of your evening.
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City working the ball in an arc across the field… but the referee raises his whistle to call time.
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SUBSTITUTION, WEST HAM. Fornals makes way for Conor Coventry and Bowen is replaced by Flynn Downes.
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Zouma catches a City shot in the face and it deflects for a corner. Zouma has some attention from the medical staff, but the corner is headed wide.
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