Goals from Leroy Sane, Fernandinho and Raheem Sterling saw Manchester City narrowly defeat West Bromwich Albion 3-2 at the Hawthorns on Saturday afternoon. West Bromwich Albion 2 Manchester City 3Sane opens scoring on 10'Rodriguez equalises on 13'Fernandinho regains lead on 15'Sterling adds third on 64'Phillips with late consolation on 90+2'
It was an early goal fest as Sane opened the scoring in the 10th minute before Rodriguez pulled West Brom level just two minutes later. But City regained their advantage quickly as Fernandinho got on the score sheet.
After a tight second half, Sterling eventually added City’s third after he finished a good cross from Kyle Walker before Matt Phillips pulled one back for the hosts in extra time.
City started the game at a high tempo and almost had an opener when Walker and David Silva took turns crossing in, with Gabriel Jesus hovering around the penalty area.
Sane eventually had a go from the edge of the area only to be blocked by Ahmed Hegazy.
A good ball from Fernandinho then saw the ball fall to Sane who was at the left of the box and he made no mistake as he set himself up before burying his effort into the bottom corner to take the lead in the 10th minute.
The lead was short lived however as Rodriguez latched onto a good ball from Gareth Barry and managed to hold off John Stones before beating Ederson who was coming out quickly, to draw the Baggies level.
Almost just as soon as they lost the lead, City gained it again as Sane this time set up Fernandinho, who let off a strong shot from the top of the box and the ball took a hefty deflection to take it past Ben Foster.
Silva should have made it three as Kevin de Bruyne beautifully picked him out in the six-yard box, but the midfielder couldn’t direct his header on goal as West Brom breathed a sigh of relief.
Three minutes before half time, Salomon Rondon had the perfect opportunity to pull West Brom level as he headed over the bar after a great delivery from Rodriguez.
West Brom started the second half well and a good passage of play saw Grzegorz Krychowiak combine well with Allan Nyom who fired in a good cross for Krychowiak at the back post and he got a good connection but Ederson collected well.
Sterling replaced Bernardo Silva with 30 minutes to go and made an immediate impact as a fantastic passage of passing saw Silva pick out Walker who put in a good cross and Sterling there was to finish and add City’s third.
As the game entered extra time, Phillips pulled one back for the hosts, but it proved too little too late as Pep Guardiola and his men walked away with all three points to maintain their spot on the top of the table.