Bournemouth 0-1 Manchester City

Match Report
Riyad Mahrez scored the crucial goal as Manchester City returned to the top of the table by beating Bournemouth 1-0.

Riyad Mahrez scored the crucial goal as Manchester City returned to the top of the table by beating Bournemouth 1-0.

Pep Guardiola’s team deserved the three points and could easily have won by a much wider margin.

City dominated the opening exchanges and after Sergio Aguero had seen his shot deflect behind for a corner, Nicolas Otamendi headed a presentable chance wide.

David Silva side-footed wide from 12 yards out and Otamendi’s scissor-kick flew narrowly off target as the Cherries continued to live dangerously.

Raheem Sterling sent a dipping effort just over Artur Boruc’s goal as the visitors pushed for the opening goal, but City suffered a setback just before the break when Kevin De Bruyne had to limp out of the action with another injury.

There was more bad news for last season’s Premier League champions early in the second half when John Stones had to be substituted, Vincent Kompany coming on to replace the England international.

Bournemouth, who had lost their last seven games against City, four times by four-goal margins, fell behind in the 55th minute when Mahrez benefited from some poor goalkeeping by Boruc, who was beaten at his near post by the former Leicester City player’s scuffed right-foot shot.

City continued to search for more goals and Boruc managed to save two shots by Sterling and another by Aguero, while Mahrez blazed an effort high and wide when he should have hit the target.

In the 81st minute, Aguero hit the bar with a long-range effort that almost caught Boruc out before the veteran goalkeeper kept Mahrez’s header out.

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