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Manchester City leave it late against Bournemouth

Raheem Sterling has once again come to the rescue of the Citizens, as he scored City’s winning goal in the 97th minute.

Manchester City had a tougher game than they expected against Bournemouth, but the Citizens managed to grab a 2-1 late win.

Eddie Howe’s side opened the score in the 13th minute, when Charlie Daniels scored one of the best goals of the year. The winger took a first time volley that saw the ball going straight into the top of the net, hitting the crossbar on the way in. It was Bournemouth’s first goal of the season.

In the 21st minute, Gabriel Jesus managed to equalise for Manchester City. The Brazilian was fouled 40m away from Bournemouth’s goal, but was quick to take the free-kick, passing the ball to David Silva and continuing his run. The Spanish midfielder then found Jesus with a through ball on the centre, at the edge of the box and the striker took a first time shot, sending the ball past Asmir Begovic.

Only two minutes later, Bournemouth’s troubles could have been much more amplified. Nathan Ake was caught in possession by Gabriel Jesus, who stole the ball and had a clear way to the goal. Ake fouled Jesus and the referee only showed a yellow card – a decision that could have easily been more harsh, given that City’s striker was clear on the goal.

Pep Guardiola’s side continued to dominate possession, but without creating to many dangerous chances. In the 60th minute, Bournemouth came close to get back in advantage, when Joshua King hit the post after receiving a cross from Charlie Daniels.

Manchester City continued to push hard for the victory and they saw their efforts finally repaid in the last seconds of the game. After a prolonged attacking play, the ball found its way to Raheem Sterling in the box. The England international took a shot that was deflected, but the ball found its way to the back of the net. It was the second time in one week that Sterling rescues points for Manchester City, after having equalised late on Monday against Everton.

Unfortunately for Sterling, his excessive celebration together with the fans has earned him a second yellow card and therefore dismissal.

Gabriel Jesus, who Guardiola favoured ahead of Sergio Aguero, was declared man of the match by Sky Sports. The Brazilian has now been directly involved in 12 goals in the eleven Premier League matches that he started for City, scoring eight goals and providing four assists.