Manchester City failed to win for the third time in five Premier League matches on Saturday. The number two of last season came to visit West Ham United no further than 1-1.
At the Olympic Stadium in London, the home team took the lead after seventeen minutes. Michail Antonio surprised his guard Rúben Dias and goalkeeper Ederson with a nice bicycle kick after a cross from Vladimir Coufal.
City manager Josep Guardiola, who had to miss Nathan Aké due to a groin injury, replaced the invisible Sergio Agüero for Phil Foden at half time and that had an immediate effect. Twenty-year-old Foden needed five minutes to put the equalizer on the scoreboard by shooting from the turn in the short corner.
Despite 80 percent possession and a few strong chances, City was unable to pass West Ham goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski in the remainder of the game. Riyad Mahrez was still close in the last second, but hit the outside of the post via the Polish keeper.
With eight points from five games, City has a poor start in the Premier League. Previously, Leicester City lost 2-5 and points were also lost (1-1) when visiting Leeds United.
A provisional eleventh place in the ranking is the result for the ‘Citizens’. West Ham is one place higher with the same number of points due to a better goal difference, but has also played one more match.
Phil Foden celebrates his goal, but it is not enough for Manchester City to win. (Photo: Pro Shots)
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