Manchester City made it two wins from two at the start of the new Premier League season after thrashing newly-promoted Bournemouth 4-0.
Manchester City vs Bournemouth : Result | Highlights
The Premier League champions produced a blistering first 45 minutes at a sun-drenched Etihad Stadium, going in 3-0 ahead at half-time thanks to goals from Ilkay Gundogan (19), Kevin De Bruyne (31) and Phil Foden (37).
Despite taking their foot off the gas in the second period, there was still time for Pep Guardiola’s side to add a late fourth through Jefferson Lerma’s own goal.
Haaland, however, was replaced after having just eight touches of the ball during his 74 minutes on the pitch, although his manager was quick to defend the Norwegian after the game.
“He plays the most difficult job in the world,” Guardiola said of the 22-year-old. “When you are a striker and in the defensive areas, teams like Bournemouth have three central defenders and two players in front and you are in the middle, how can you survive in that?
Manchester City vs Bournemouth Result
Manchester City beat Bournemouth 4-0 – City have cruised to an easy victory against new boys Bournemouth. The Citizens got the job done with three first-half goals.
Lerma’s unfortunate own goal added gloss to their victory in the second half. Bournemouth were no match for the defending champions.
A relentless start from City forced goalkeeper Mark Travers into a clutch of close-range stops, but Gundogan broke through when he played a superb one-two with Erling Haaland to cut into the box and fire a low finish home.
De Bruyne doubled the home side’s lead just after the half-hour mark, taking on the Bournemouth defence before shaping a fine effort off the outside of his boot into the far corner.
And two soon became three as Foden’s shot evaded Travers following some neat work down the left from De Bruyne.
Scott Parker’s newly promoted side arrived in Manchester having won their opening fixture of the season last weekend, but also expecting a long afternoon’s work, and that is how it played out for the Cherries.
The hosts took just 19 minutes to make the breakthrough, although in truth it would have come sooner were it not for some poor City finishing and an inspired Mark Travers in the visitors’ goal.
But when it did finally arrive, the floodgates opened as first Gundogan fired the champions ahead after being set up by Haaland, who did well to hold off the attentions of two Bournemouth players in a tight space on the edge of the area, before slipping the German through on goal.
One became two just past the half-hour mark after a lovely solo goal by De Bruyne, who cut in from the right flank and then found the corner of the net with a delightful curler using the outside of his foot.
Six minutes later it was game over as Bournemouth made the mistake of trying to attack their opponents, only to lose the ball with too many players forward, with predictable consequences as seconds later Travers was once again picking the ball out of his net.
On this occasion, the twinkle-toed Riyad Mahrez picked out De Bruyne’s run down the left and the playmaker then sent Foden through on goal, although Travers will be disappointed he did not keep out the forward’s close-range effort.