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Giant killers West Ham claim Man City scalp

2015-09-20 08:00
West Ham celebrate (AFP)

Manchester City (1) 1

West Ham United (2) 2 

The Hammers survived a second-half onslaught from Manchester City to hold on to a 2-1 win at the Etihad Stadium last night. 

The visitors took a shock lead in the sixth minute, Victor Moses somehow firing in at the near post before Diafra Sakho doubled their advantage. 

Kevin De Bruyne gave City hope by slotting home his first Premier League goal from range on the cusp of half-time. 

It looked as though City had got off to a fast start after Fernandinho forced a desperate save from Adrián with a header from an early corner. 

However, it was the Hammers who surprisingly opened the scoring after just six minutes, Moses sneaking the ball in at the near post with a shot from range. 

Sergio Agüero really should have had his side back on level terms after rounding the goalkeeper on the edge of the box, but fired wide with a rather tame effort. 

And Sakho doubled the lead on 31 minutes, firing back across goal after Pedro Obiang’s attempted shot rolled across the box. 

City, though, piled on the pressure in search of a response and were eventually awarded when Agüero found De Bruyne in space on the edge of the box, the Belgian slotting home into the bottom corner with an excellent strike from distance. 

The Citizens continued their search for an equaliser and came close twice in the first five minutes of the second half, Yaya Touré firing narrowly wide, before Winston Reid nearly turned a cross into his own net. 

Touré again came desperately close to scoring the equaliser, brilliantly turning into the box, but firing agonisingly wide off the far post. 

Just how City failed to score midway through the half will never be known as they missed several chances while they were camped out in West Ham’s final third. 

And Adrián pulled off a simply magnificent save to tip De Bruyne’s header from a tight angle over the bar. 

Despite their unrelenting pressure throughout the second half, City were unable to find the equaliser and were handed their first defeat of the season as West Ham maintained their remarkable away form this season with wins at Arsenal, Liverpool and now Man City. 

Chelsea kicked off the day with a 2-0 win over Arsenal in a feisty affair at Stamford Bridge in the early game. 

Diego Costa clashed with Gabriel and the Gunners defender received his matching orders after kicking out at the Blues striker on the cusp of half-time. 

Kurt Zouma opened the scoring with a header shortly after the restart before Eden Hazard doubled the lead with a deflected effort late on. 

Elsewhere, there was no separating Everton and Swansea City as the two sides played to a goalless draw at the Liberty Stadium. 

Leicester City staged yet another comeback at the Britannia, meanwhile, coming from two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw with Stoke City. 

Bojan Krkic and Jonathan Walters had the Potters ahead early on, but Riyad Mahrez netted from the spot before sliding Jamie Vardy in for the equaliser after the break. 

Over at Dean Court, Sunderland’s woes continued as they suffered a 2-0 defeat to Bournemouth. Callum Wilson scored his fifth of the season before Matt Ritchie volleyed home a sensational effort for the second. 
Odion Ighalo netted twice to set Watford on their way to a 2-1 win over Newcastle United, who pegged one back through Daryl Janmaat, at St James’ Park. 

And Saido Berahino netted his first goal for West Brom since threatening to go on strike, flicking a James Morrison shot home in a 1-0 win over Aston Villa at Villa Park. 

Saturday’s results: 
Chelsea 2, Arsenal 0; Aston Villa 0, West Brom 1; 
Bournemouth 2, Sunderland 0; Newcastle 1, Watford 2; Stoke 2, Leicester 2; Swansea 0, Everton 0 – TEAMtalk Media

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