Sunday, August 28, 2016

Sunday Premier League: Man City rolls Hammers after a morning snoozer

West Bromwich Albion 0-0 Middlesbrough
These two sides really weren't interested in helping us Americans wake up the Sunday morning. Boro held more of the ball, but only took seven shots throughout the 90 minutes. West Brom wasn't much more effective. Their 13 shots led to a pair on target. There was one penalty shout, however. Salomon Rondon was dragged to the turf while pursuing a cross in the 44th minute. There was a shirt pull, but the Venezuelan certainly looked to exaggerate the contact. Regardless, no whistle was blown and the teams continued to sleepwalk their way to a scoreless draw.

Manchester City 3-1 West Ham
Pep Guardiola's next challenge as City's boss was a home match with injury beaten West Ham. This turned out to be a rather simple challenge, at least in the first half. They scored early and often against their battered opponents, beginning with Raheem Sterling in the seventh minute and followed by Fernandinho in the 18th. West Ham was able to wrest some control away in the second half. Michail Antonio's 58th minute goal cut into the lead, however that would not end City's dominance. They'd continue to hold two thirds of possession and even get an insurance goal in stoppage time from Sterling.

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