2019-08-10 by W.M.
West Ham vs Man City LIVE: Gabriel Jesus goal puts reigning champions in front
Follow the latest updates live from the Premier League clash between West Ham United and Manchester City and the reigning champions open their account to make it three title triumphs in a row.
City kept their summer recruitment drive modest with only the £62m signing of midfielder Rodri making a dent in their transfer budget until the late addition of Joao Cancelo, but they already have one trophy in the bag following last weekend’s Community Shield triumph over Liverpool. West Ham also broke their club-record transfer to sign £45m striker Sebastien Haller in the hope of propelling Manuel Pellegrini’s side up the table from their 10th-place finish last season, having also recruited attacking midfielder Pablo Fornals and Swiss forward Albian Ajeti.
The Hammers held firm for the opening 24 minutes, but with their first real chance City showed how clinical they can be as Gabriel Jesus nipped in front of Issa Diop to open the scoring. Follow the live action below.
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Manchester City get the second half underway.
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45: Choas! How have City not scored!
Diop gives the ball straight to Jesus on the edge of the box and with Fabianski in no mans land, he has to score, but the Brazilian fires an effort straight to the grateful goalkeeper.
No Aguero, no problem…
38: City have just decided that they’re not going to let West Ham have anything in the last few minutes of the half and have upped the ante with their pressing.
Kevin De Bruyne has had a quiet game so far and stings Fabianski’s hands with a powerful shot just on the edge of the area.
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32: West Ham are asking for penalty as Zinchenko dispossesses Lanzini in the box shortly before Antonio’s stray arm catches Rodri’s face. VAR confirms Mike Dean was right to act on neither.
It’s getting lively!
28: That goal had been coming after City had woken up following a slightly slower start than what we’re used to. It’s one-way traffic right now, and most of that is coming down the right, Cresswell needs help against Walker and Mahrez.
22: Don’t do that, Cresswell! He slides to block Mahrez’s shot, but the winger sees it coming and cuts inside onto his left foot and drags an effort inside the area wide. You can’t let him onto his preferred side!
20: Time to talk about Haller. It looks like West Ham have signed a brilliant striker who has wasted no time in settling into his new team and has taken to the Premier League perfectly. His hold-up play has been first-class, helping his seamless link-up play with Lanzini.
18: West Ham embark on a speedy counter attack, but it breaks down as Antonio gets himself in a tangle with Laporte. The home side had the numbers to trouble City there.
17: We love training ground set-pieces, but we love it even more when they go wrong. That’s what’s just happened to Manchester City, who have blown a wide free-kick by quickly passing it to absolutely nobody in the box…
15: Oooh, that was very close.
Silva drags a left-footed effort just wide after quickly shifting the ball from one foot to another to give him space to shoot. Fabianski had a lot of ground to make up to get towards the ball and is very pleased to see that effort from outside the box trickle wide.
12: A quick review of the quick VAR review.
Well done, Premier League.
Mike Dean was quickly told that there was nothing in Rodri’s challenge on Lanzini in the penalty area and play was back underway without any real delay.
9: Mahrez does Mahrez things and weaves his way in from the right to force a save from Fabianski, who did well to beat away a low, powerful effort that bounces just in front of him.
8: This isn’t really the start we expected from Manchester City here, they haven’t really got going, There’s not a great deal of quick passing in the middle and it’s West Ham getting into better areas at the minute.
6: Rodri loses possession to Lanzini on the edge of the area and then appears to bring down the Argentine in the box. The ball truckles out and Mike Dean gives a goal kick after a very quick message from the VAR boys in his ear.
What time does it start?
West Ham vs Manchester City kicks off at 12:30pm on Saturday 10 August.
Where can I watch it?
The match will be shown live on BT Sport 1 from 12pm.
West Ham: Fabianski, Fredericks, Diop, Balbuena, Cresswell, Wilshere, Rice, Antonio, Lanzini, Felipe Anderson, Haller.
Subs: Zabaleta, Hernandez, Snodgrass, Roberto, Sanchez, Fornals, Ogbonna.
Man City: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Zinchenko, De Bruyne, Rodri, Silva, Mahrez, Gabriel Jesus, Sterling.
Subs: Bravo, Gundogan, Aguero, Bernardo Silva, Joao Cancelo, Otamendi, Foden.