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West Ham United 1-1 Manchester City: Michail Antonio scores spectacular goal for Hammers

Phil Foden has been directly involved in six goals in his last 10 appearances in all competitions – four goals and two assists

Michail Antonio scored a wonderful goal to earn his side a hard-earned point against Manchester City, who have now won once in four Premier League games.

Antonio’s spectacular acrobatic overhead volley from Vladimir Coufal’s cross put the Hammers ahead at London Stadium – and provided another twist in this unpredictable top-flight season.

But substitute Phil Foden equalised for City six minutes after coming on at the start of the second half, producing a really good turn to score following Joao Cancelo’s pass.

City dominated possession and sent on Kevin de Bruyne, who had missed the previous two games through injury, but could not find a winner and remain anchored in the bottom half of the table after five games.

Hard-working West Ham building momentum

Having lost their opening two games, West Ham have taken eight points from their past four matches, and can add a well-earned point against City to impressive wins over Leicester and Wolves.

Last Sunday, it was Manuel Lanzini who came up with a brilliant goal as the Hammers battled back from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 at Tottenham.

Lanzini’s heroics were not enough to earn him a starting place as Antonio produced a wonder goal, beating Ruben Dias to power an overhead kick beyond Ederson and give David Moyes’ side a lead against the run of the play.

City complained there was a handball in the build-up by Tomas Soucek, which VAR checked. The goal would have been ruled out if Soucek, who had kept the ball in play before passing for Coufal to set up Antonio, had been judged to have deliberately handled – but VAR ruled that was not the case.

West Ham worked hard but had to dig deep to secure a first point against City since January 2016.

Keeper Lukasz Fabianski produced two excellent saves to keep out substitute De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez as City finished strongly.

In the end it was an impressive point for West Ham, who had lost their previous eight games against City by an aggregate score of 25-3.

Michail Antonio has scored 11 goals in his last 12 Premier League games
Since the Premier League restarted in June, only Harry Kane (12) has scored more goals than Antonio (11)
Antonio has scored against Arsenal, Leicester and Manchester City this season

Everything but the (second) goal

City did everything but score a second goal as they peppered West Ham’s net with 14 attempts, and have now dropped seven points from their first five games.

Despite dominating the opening 45 minutes, they struggled to create clear-cut chances and it was only after the introductions of Foden and De Bruyne that Fabianski was seriously tested.

De Bruyne looked sharp for the 22 minutes he was on the pitch, and his return is a huge positive before a packed schedule for Pep Guardiola’s side; they do not have a free midweek before the next international break in November.

Several key players are still missing for City, among them Gabriel Jesus, whose return date remains unclear.

With injuries impacting, City named an unchanged line-up in consecutive games under Guardiola for the first time since October 2017.

The City boss said on the eve of this game that he expected “normality” to return to the Premier League, with no runaway winners as has happened in recent seasons when City and Liverpool have gone on to claim the title.

However, the home game with Liverpool on 8 November already looks like a pivotal fixture in terms of City’s Premier League ambitions this season.

What’s next?

West Ham have a week to prepare for next Saturday’s trip reigning champions Liverpool (17:30 GMT), while Manchester City are in France on Tuesday to face Champions League Group C rivals Marseille (20:00 GMT).

More to follow.

Player of the match

AntonioMichail Antonio

West Ham United

  1. Squad number30Player nameAntonio

  2. Squad number41Player nameRice

  3. Squad number28Player nameSoucek

  4. Squad number5Player nameCoufal

  5. Squad number21Player nameOgbonna

  6. Squad number20Player nameBowen

  7. Squad number1Player nameFabianski

  8. Squad number26Player nameMasuaku

  9. Squad number4Player nameBalbuena

  10. Squad number3Player nameCresswell

  11. Squad number18Player nameFornals

  12. Squad number7Player nameYarmolenko

  13. Squad number22Player nameHaller

Line-ups

West Ham

  • 1Fabianski
  • 5CoufalBooked at 51mins
  • 4BalbuenaBooked at 90mins
  • 21Ogbonna
  • 3Cresswell
  • 26Masuaku
  • 20BowenSubstituted forHallerat 69′minutes
  • 28Soucek
  • 41Rice
  • 18Fornals
  • 30AntonioSubstituted forYarmolenkoat 52′minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Yarmolenko
  • 10Lanzini
  • 16Noble
  • 22Haller
  • 23Diop
  • 24Fredericks
  • 35Randolph

Man City

  • 31Ederson
  • 2WalkerSubstituted forZinchenkoat 78′minutes
  • 3Rúben Dias
  • 50García
  • 27Cancelo
  • 20Bernardo SilvaSubstituted forDe Bruyneat 68′minutes
  • 16Rodri
  • 8Gündogan
  • 26Mahrez
  • 10AgüeroSubstituted forFodenat 45′minutes
  • 7Sterling

Substitutes

  • 5Stones
  • 11Zinchenko
  • 13Steffen
  • 17De Bruyne
  • 21Torres
  • 47Foden
  • 80Palmer

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