Sports

West Ham 1-1 Man City: Sub Foden cancels out brilliant Antonio goal


Michail Antonio scored a memorable goal as West Ham battled to a deserved draw against Manchester City in the Premier League.

The Hammers forward showed tremendous technique to net an eye-catching overhead kick against the run of play with less than 20 minutes on the clock at London Stadium.

Although Phil Foden notched a smart equaliser shortly after being introduced as a half-time substitute, West Ham defended valiantly thereafter to claim a valuable point and end their wretched run of defeats against Pep Guardiola‘s side.


David Moyes named the same starting XI that produced a thrilling comeback against London rivals Tottenham last weekend, with Antonio fit to start but no place in the squad for £30million new recruit Said Benrahma as West Ham take a patient approach with the Algerian as he makes the step up from Championship football.

City were also unchanged with Kevin De Bruyne on the bench after a two-game absence through injury, with Guardiola naming the same team for successive matches for the first time since October 2017 – a run that stretched back 172 contests.

Guardiola clearly wanted to build on the momentum from Wednesday’s Champions League win over Porto, but instead they looked weary in the first half and it was West Ham who took the initiative with Antonio firing them into an 18th-minute lead.

Tomas Soucek began the move down the City left, laying the ball off to his Czech mate Vladimir Coufal.

Right-back Coufal, making his home debut, swung in a cross which Antonio, despite being surrounded by five defenders and Ruben Dias, acrobatically hooked over his shoulder and past Ederson.

City claimed Soucek had handled in the build-up but a VAR check ruled otherwise.

(PA)

It was only the second goal West Ham had managed in six fixtures against the same opponents at the London Stadium – City had racked up 22 over the previous five.

City had a chance to level when Joao Cancelo overlapped and drove in a low cross but Riyad Mahrez, arriving at the far post, could only guide the ball into the hands of Lukasz Fabianski.

Yet West Ham finished the first half on the front foot, Antonio almost muscling his way through again before Soucek’s shot was blocked.

Guardiola replaced Aguero with Foden and moved Raheem Sterling, who had been kept very quiet by Coufal, into the central striker’s role.

Within six minutes they were level, Cancelo tearing past Coufal and crossing for Foden to turn and fire home.

(POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

West Ham lost Antonio, and much of their attacking thrust, to injury and City pushed for a winner with Fabianski holding a De Bruyne free-kick before Arthur Masuaku came up with a goal-saving challenge to deny Mahrez.

Pablo Fornals fluffed an excellent chance for the Hammers when he made a mess of an attempted lob over Ederson, and Fabianski came to West Ham’s rescue to deny Sterling and Mahrez at the death.

Additional reporting by the Press Association.

This weekend get a £10 free bet with Betfair, when you bet £10 on a Same Game Multi on the Premier League.

Terms: Min £10 Same Game Multi bet on any EPL match this Fri – Sun. Free bet valid for 72 hours, awarded at bet settlement. Excludes cashed out bets. T&Cs apply.


Source link

Related Articles

Back to top button