Manchester City v West Ham United

Raheem Sterling for Manchester City

Line up for Manchester City 

Ederson Santana de Moraes (goal keeper)
Kyle Walker (defending right back)
John Stones (defending midfielder)
Aymeric Larporte (defending midfielder)
Oleksandr Zinchenko (defending left back)
Rodrigo Hernández Cascante {Rodri} [new signing] (center midfielder)
Kevin De Bruyne (attacking midfielder Center right position)
David Silva {D’Silva} (attacking midfielder centre left position)
Gabriel Jesus (striker attack)
Raheem sterling (left wing striker)
Riyad Mahrez (right wing striker)

Substitutes bench for Manchester City 

1 Claudio Bravo (substitute goalie)
8 İlkay Gündoğan (midfielder)
10 Sergio Aguero (striker)
20 Bernardo Silva (midfielder)
27 Joao Cancelo (right back)
30 Nicolas Otamendi (centre back)
47 Phil Foden (midfielder)

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Line up for West Ham Untied

1 Łukasz Fabianski (goalkeeper)
24 Ryan Fredericks (defending right back)
4 Fabian Balbuena (defending midfielder)
23 Pape Bouba Diop (defending midfielder)
3 Aaron Cresswell (defending left back)
19 Jack Wiltshire (attacking midfielder)
41 Declan rice (attacking midfielder)
8 Felipe Anderson (right wing striker)
10 Manuel Lanzini (attacking midfielder centre left position)
30 Michail Gregory Antonio (left wing striker)
22 Sebastien Haller (leading attack)

Substitutes bench for West Ham United

13 Roberto Jiménez Gago (goalie)
5 Pablo Zabaleta (right back)
9 Abel Mathías Hernández Platero (striker)
11 Robert Snodgrass (winger)
15 Carlos Sánchez (defensive midfielder) 
19 Pablo Fornals (attacking midfielder)
21 Angelo Ogbonna (centre back)

Manager: Manuel Pellegrini

The Premier League Champions Manchester City’s opening match against West Ham Untied was definitely a spectacular one to watch as with new signings for West Ham such as £45 million signing Haller from Eintracht Frankfurt making the starting squad and Fornals on the substitution bench.

Manchester City’s £63m Rodri signing from Atlético Madrid tops that of their rival by £18 million. A mix up in defence involving West Ham’s Diop gave Manchester City the opening goal in the new league season as defending champions. Goal credited to City’s Brazillian Jesus.

Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling

Raheem Sterling’s goal meant that Manchester City now has 2 goals for his team and showed both strength and determination by the defending champions towards retaining their status quo. Jesus’s Hopes of scoring a second with Sterling’s assist of making it 3 goals in total for Manchester City were dashed by the VAR result and was ruled as offside.

Shortly afterwards another VAR decision upheld Raheem Sterling’s goals even though Sergio Aguero who had come as a substitute was offside but wasn’t active Raheem Sterling was deemed onside, which meant the defending champions now had a 3 goal lead against West Ham who were yet to score a goal so far in the game.

Aguero, having come on as a substitute almost lost the chance of getting his name on the score sheet as his kick was stopped by opposing team’s goalkeeper Fabianski. Riyad going down inside West Hams’ 18 yard box upon being infringed by Diop brought about a penalty kick being awarded to his team.

West Ham United’s Łukasz Fabianski (goalkeeper) and Sergio Aguero

Luckily for Aguero the penalty had to be retaken as there was evidence from the VAR Declan had a foot in the penalty box. This afforded Manchester City a chance through Sergio to go ahead West Ham with a 4th goal lead. Raheem got a hat trick with another goal bringing the tally of goals scored by the defending champions to 5.

Diop indroging on an opposing player inside the West Ham Penalty box

The match ended Manchester City 5 – 0 West Ham United

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