Raheem Sterling scores late as Manchester City beat Bournemouth
Raheem Sterling scored a stoppage-time goal to give Manchester City a 2-1 win against Bournemouth.
A Charlie Daniels stunner put Bournemouth ahead before Gabriel Jesus levelled in the 21st minute. Sterling’s shot looped over Asmir Begovic late on to secure the points for City.
Bournemouth started the match the strongest with Joshua King leading the line. The striker had the Cherries’ first chance but his shot was hacked away by Vincent Kompany.
Daniels put Bournemouth ahead in the 12th minute with an absolute rocket. Kompany headed a Dan Gosling cross out towards the left side of the penalty area and Daniels hammered the ball into the top corner.
Bournemouth could have been two ahead but Jermain Defoe’s volley was saved spectacularly by Ederson.
It did not take long for City to level. Jesus combined with David Silva from a quick free-kick to stroke the ball past Begovic.
Jesus should have scored City’s second minutes later. Benjamin Mendy’s cut-back found Jesus eight yards out but he screwed the ball wide.
City began to dominate and Fernandinho’s shot was well saved by Begovic before half time.
Bournemouth came out much more positively at the start of the second half and were inches away from taking the lead. King’s shot beat Ederson but the woodwork kept it out.
Sergio Aguero, who started on the bench, had a penalty appeal turned down in the 69th minute and the Bournemouth defence continued to hold firm in the closing stages. Fernandinho’s shot was saved comfortably by Begovic.
Nicolas Otamendi then headed onto the post with 10 minutes remaining after a Kevin de Bruyne cross.
City continued to attack in the closing stages and finally scored the winner in the sixth minute of stoppage time. Bournemouth failed to clear a ball into the box and the ball fell to Sterling who found the left corner of the net.
The drama was not over though. Sterling was then shown a second yellow after celebrating in the crowd.