Pep applauds the travelling support and the Sky camera operator zooms in on him. In a good humour, Pep grabs the lens and, with a twinkle in his eye, swings the camera away from himself and towards his players. City will be delighted with their performance tonight, the last few minutes apart. Mind you, Bournemouth will be happy enough with the way they played, too. Sometimes there’s nothing you can do, the cream has to rise, and they were simply outclassed in the first half. They’ll be pleased with their second-half showing, though: Gary O’Neil will have sent his team back out to get a second-half draw at least, and that’s what they did, albeit with the help of a slew of City substitutions. A little something to take away from a match in which, let’s be honest, next to nothing was expected of them. (It’s now 12 straight wins in the Premier League for City over Bournemouth at the aggregate score of 38-7; Mac Millings can rest now that Watford’s current cumulative total against City of 45-6 remains out there on its own.) City end the day where they started it, two points behind leaders Arsenal …
drop into the relegation zone .
25 Feb 202314.21 EST
90 min +3: Mahrez aims the free kick for the top-left corner. Always wide, always high. Neto doesn’t bother moving.
25 Feb 202314.20 EST
90 min +2: Mahrez dribbles across the face of the Bournemouth box, right to left. Just before he reaches the D, Zemura clips him from behind. He does so twice, in fact, once outside the box, once well in it, after which Mahrez goes over. City want a penalty, but neither referee nor VAR are interested in awarding one. Just a free kick.
25 Feb 202314.19 EST
90 min +1: On Sky Sports, co-commentator Andy Hinchcliffe names Ilkay Gundogan as his player of the match, with a special mention for Nico Lewis.
25 Feb 202314.18 EST
89 min: Anthony glides down the left, past a leaden-footed Walker, and curls towards the top right. Ederson is beaten, but the ball swerves away from the target at the last. Goal kick, but you can bet your last shiny peseta that Pep will have words to say to his team about the way they’re seeing out this match.
25 Feb 202314.15 EST
87 min: … and now Lerma’s pass down the right evades the flailing Foden, allowing Fredericks to tear into space. His low, hard cross towards the near post is smothered by Ederson, which is just as well because Solanke was inches away from extending a leg to poke home.
25 Feb 202314.14 EST
86 min: Walker’s loose pass nearly lets Solanke in down the left. This is an unnecessarily shoddy end to an otherwise fine performance from City. They’ve taken their eye off the ball here.
25 Feb 202314.12 EST
84 min: On the bench, Pep Guardiola is fuming. Ever the perfectionist, huh.
Pep Guardiola directs his players. Photograph: Sean Ryan/IPS/REX/Shutterstock
Updated at 14.20 EST25 Feb 202314.11 EST
GOAL! Bournemouth 1-4 Manchester City (Lerma 83)
… but Bournemouth haven’t given up ! They wanted a consolation, và now they’ve got one their attacking efforts have deserved ! Zemura exchanges passes with Solanke xuống dốc the left. City fail mập khuyến mãi with his cutback, và the ball breaks Khủng Lerma, who controls on the penalty spot và lashes home page !Lermalets fly with a consolation goal. Photograph: Graham Hunt/ProSports/REX/Shutterstock
Updated at 14.17 EST25 Feb 202314.10 EST
82 min: This match is petering out, and no wonder: City have replaced half of their team.
25 Feb 202314.08 EST
80 min: The corner’s eventually taken, leading to a minor melee. The ball breaks left to Foden, who floats harmlessly into the arms of Neto.
25 Feb 202314.07 EST
79 min: Perrone combines with Phillips down the left to win a corner. Before it can be taken, Walker comes on for Ake, who as a one-time Cherry receives a warm ovation from his former fans. A lovely moment.
25 Feb 202314.05 EST
77 min: Solanke spins down the left only to be caught by the high boot of Phillips, who having already been booked really needs to watch himself here. To be fair, there wasn’t much in the way of contact, but that’s not really the point: he’s giving the referee a decision to make. Fortunately for the City midfielder, the referee doesn’t see anything in it.
25 Feb 202314.01 EST
74 min: Gomez has a whack that’s deflected onto the top of the net. Nothing comes of the resulting corner, other than another corner, from which nothing comes.
25 Feb 202314.01 EST
72 min: That’s the last act from both Grealish and Haaland, who are replaced by Mahrez and, making his Manchester City debut, the 20-year-old Argentinian midfielder Maximo Perrone.
Haaland walks off the pitch. Photograph: Andrew Couldridge/Action Images/ReutersGrealish reminds the trang chủ fans of the score. Photograph: Sean Ryan/IPS/REX/Shutterstock
Updated at 14.13 EST25 Feb 202313.59 EST
71 min: Lewis flicks Foden into space down the right. Grealish and Haaland take turns to try to force the resulting cross home, but Bournemouth swarm and manage to shut the door just in time.
25 Feb 202313.56 EST
69 min: Bournemouth’s dander was up for a few minutes there, so City draw the sting from the situation with some patient passing around the back.
25 Feb 202313.54 EST
65 min: Solanke nearly bursts into the box on the left but is denied by Lewis, who nicks in at the expense of a corner. From the set piece, there’s an absurd stramash in the six-yard box, a 1970s comic-book cloud with boots and arms sticking out of it. City eventually clear. VAR double checks, as there’s a handball shout, but when the mist clears, it’s obvious the ball ballooned off the chest of Phillips and not his arm.
25 Feb 202313.50 EST
63 min: Ajanki slides recklessly in on Solanke, who was going nowhere in particular out on the left. Another booking for the visitors, who have the three points in the bag, but don’t want to sour the evening by getting someone needlessly sent off.
25 Feb 202313.49 EST
62 min: Corner for City down the right. Ake, seemingly determined to score tonight against his old club, meets it but can only send his header harmlessly over the bar.
25 Feb 202313.48 EST
60 min: Foden bustles into the Bournemouth box down the inside-right channel. The ball breaks back to Ake, who hits a screamer that, had it not been straight at Neto, would have taken the net clean off its frame.
25 Feb 202313.46 EST
59 min: Bournemouth’s turn to make a double change: Billing and Smith are replaced by Rothwell and Fredericks.
25 Feb 202313.45 EST
58 min: The fourth goal is officially a Mepham own goal … and his evening goes from bad to worse as he’s booked for a cynical trip on the in-flight Grealish.
Mepham is shown a yellow thẻ. Photograph: Ian Walton/Reuters
Updated at 14.05 EST25 Feb 202313.44 EST
56 min: City make a double change, replacing Rodri and Gundogan with Phillips and Gomez.
25 Feb 202313.43 EST
54 min: The City fans meanwhile entertain themselves by running through the Fleetwood Mac songbook. The lyrics not word for word as Christine McVie intended.
25 Feb 202313.39 EST
GOAL! Bournemouth 0-4 Manchester City (Alvarez 51)
Some pinball around the Bournemouth box. The hosts can’t clear. Alvarez sends a pearler towards the bottom left. In it goes. That may over up going lao dốc as a Mepham own goal, as it deflected into the corner off him en route. Let’s see if Alvarez’s shot was heading wide. More when we have it .Alvarez has a shot on goal, which deflects off Chris Mepham leading bự an own goal. Photograph: Clive Rose/Getty Images
Updated at 13.54 EST25 Feb 202313.37 EST
49 min: Gundogan has been a thorn in Bournemouth’s side all game. He glides down the right and looks for Alvarez in the middle. Zemura tries to hack clear, but only finds Alvarez, whose shot is blocked. Foden and Gundogan then take turns, but they’re denied too. An early second-half goal for City would surely deflate Bournemouth to such an extent that the Potential Rout Klaxon may have to be sounded.
Updated at 13.38 EST25 Feb 202313.35 EST
47 min: Bournemouth fly out of the blocks in what is most likely to be a futile gesture. They’re a bit over-eager, though, Ouattara crashing clumsily into Grealish and earning the first booking of the evening.
25 Feb 202313.32 EST
After keeping their hosts waiting for a couple of minutes – cheeky behaviour on such a chilly night – City get the second half underway. No changes. Meanwhile here’s Mac Millings: “I was going to write in to inform you (regarding your Preamble) that Manchester City v Watford (45-6 in their last 12 Premier League encounters, and that on top of the FA Cup Final 6-0) is a far clearer foregone conclusion than this fixture. But as I type, City might yet get the eight goals they need to match it.”
Updated at 13.33 EST25 Feb 202313.17 EST
HALF TIME: Bournemouth 0-3 Manchester City
Bournemouth haven’t been bad at all, Billing’s late brain fade aside. It’s just that Manchester City have dominated lượt thích champions bởi vì. Unless something very odd happens in the next hour, City will close the gap on leaders Arsenal phệ two points .
25 Feb 202313.16 EST
GOAL! Bournemouth 0-3 Manchester City (Foden 45)
As if City weren’t causing Bournemouth enough problems, the hosts shoot themselves in the foot. Billing, out on the Bournemouth right, plays an absurd square pass across the face of his own box. Foden’s in ahead of Stephens. He takes a couple of strides before whipping an unstoppable shot into the right-hand side of the net. Oh dear. Fine finish, though !Foden scores the third goal. Photograph: Graham Hunt/ProSports/REX/ShutterstockFoden celebrates with nhóm mates after scoring. Photograph: Clive Rose/Getty Images
Updated at 13.26 EST