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Manchester City 2-1 West Ham Utd

Filed: Sunday, 3rd December 2017
By: Staff Writer

West Ham were just seven minutes away from holding league leaders Manchester City to a draw at the Etihad Stadium this afternoon.

A spirited first half display saw David Moyes' side go into the half time interval with an unexpected 1-0 lead, thanks to Angelo Ogbonna's header on the cusp of half time.

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However an equaliser from Nicolas Otamendi, combined with an 83rd-minute winner from David Silva meant the points, as expected, eventually went to today's hosts.

As expected the Hammers faced a barrage from the opning minute, but a back three of goalscorer Ogbonna, 18-year-old Declan Rice and Aaron Cresswell were magnificent throughout, repelling wave after wave of City attacks.

A shock was on the cards when Ogbonna rose highest to meet Aaron Cresswell's corner and head home, to give West Ham a shock half time lead.

However City were back on level terms 12 minutes after the restart when Otamendi converted from close range - just moments after referee Mike Dean, so often the scourge of West Ham over the years, had awarded the Citizens an extremely soft free kick.

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Still, West Ham continued to frustrate the home side, who were peppering the stand behind the excellent Adrian's goal with shots - until Silva stepped up to grab the winner just seven minutes from the end of normal time, converting a clever delivery from Kevin de Bruyne.

That West Ham managed to make such a game of it will give United a huge moral boost, as they prepare for two extremely crucial local derbies against Chelsea and Arsenal.

Yet ultimately defeat leaves the Irons 19th in the Premier League with just 10 points from their opening 15 matches - five points behind Huddersfield, in 16th place.

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West Ham Utd: Adrian, Zabaleta (c) Ogbonna, Rice, Cresswell, Fernandes, Obiang, Lanzini (Arnautovic 69), Kouyate (Sakho 43), Masuaku, Antonio (Ayew 88).

Subs not used: Trott, Martinez, Quina, Johnson.

Goals: Ogbonna (44).

Booked: Rice.

Manchester City: Ederson, Walker, Mangala, Otamendi, Danilo (Jesus 46), Delph, D. Silva (c), de Bruyne, Sterling, Sane (B. Silva 90+2), Aguero (Fernandinho 85).

Subs not used: Bravo, Kompany, Gundogan, B. Silva, Fernandinho, Toure.

Goals: Otamendi (57), D. Silva (83).

Booked: De Bruyne.

Referee: Mike Dean.

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