West Ham 2-2 Manchester City (23.01.2016) Live Commentary

The fans can’t complain about what they have seen on the pitch as both sides have shown us a highly captivating football. Neither of the teams could take the initiative and dominate today’s game. Long balls and crosses were the strongest weapons of the home team. Players of the away team presented themselves with possession football.
The referee blows his whistle for the final time to end this match.
Cheikhou Kouyate (West Ham) shows good awareness inside the box as he latches on to a cross from the set piece. He jumps high near the penalty spot and produces a towering header. His attempt lacks a bit more accuracy and crashes against the crossbar.
Fernando (Manchester City) receives a yellow card for a nasty tackle.
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) connected with a pass around the edge of the box, aimed and struck. His attempt went in the direction of the middle of the target, but Adrian was alert and didn’t let the score change.
Dimitri Payet (West Ham) has picked up a minor injury, but it looks like he will be able to continue.
Dimitri Payet (West Ham) picked up an injury.
Manchester City concede a free kick following a bad challenge.
There will be a minimum of 3 min. of added time.
Mark Noble (West Ham) attempts to whip in a crossfield pass, the defence does well to intercept the ball.
Yaya Toure (Manchester City) commits a foul and is shown a yellow card without any hesitation from the referee.
Dimitri Payet (West Ham) swings in a dangerous cross from the resulting corner kick, but none of his teammates managed to outjump the defence.
The corner from Dimitri Payet (West Ham) is cleared away by the defence. West Ham have been awarded a corner kick.
A lofted cross from Mark Noble (West Ham) was unsuccessful as the opponent’s defence quickly gets the ball out of the penalty area. Now West Ham with a corner.
Here is a change. Enner Valencia is going off and Slaven Bilic gives the last tactical orders to Nikica Jelavic (West Ham).
Yaya Toure (Manchester City) was in a good position to shoot just outside the box after a nice pass, but his effort is unintentionally blocked by one of his teammate.
The attendance for today’s match is 34977.
David Silva comes off the pitch to be replaced by Fernando (Manchester City).
Goal! Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) picks up the ball from a rebound and from the edge of the box, he unleashes a shot which goes into the middle of the net. Adrian is unable to keep the ball out of the net. It is 2:2.
Victor Moses (West Ham) makes a yard for himself on the edge of the box and produces a poor effort which sails high over the bar.
A pass from Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) is intercepted by Adrian and the move breaks down.
Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City) gets on the end of a pass and takes a shot from the edge of the box, but it’s blocked by one of the defending players.
The substitution has been made. Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City) has replaced Fabian Delph.
Alex Song (West Ham) can’t slip the ball through and the move breaks down.
Dimitri Payet (West Ham) breaks past challenges, but puts too much pace on his pass to Enner Valencia (West Ham).
He should have done it better. Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) is afforded space to connect with a Yaya Toure cross, but his header from the centre of the box flies well wide of the left post. The ball goes out-of-play and West Ham will have a goal kick.
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) is flagged for offside.
Samuel Byram (West Ham) receives a yellow card from the referee for a foul that he committed a little earlier.
Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) is penalised for holding. Craig Pawson signals for a set piece.
Manuel Pellegrini prepares a substitution. Jesus Navas is replaced by Raheem Sterling (Manchester City).
David Silva (Manchester City) tries to find Jesus Navas, but he put too much power on that pass.
Alex Song (West Ham) collects a wonderful lead pass and creates some space to smash the ball goalwards from long range. His shot goes painfully wide of the left post!
We are about to witness a substitution. Victor Moses (West Ham) is replacing Michail Antonio.
A pass by Cheikhou Kouyate (West Ham) ends up in no man’s land, and the attacking effort comes to an end.
Manchester City keep possession of the ball by producing one-two passes, but the opponent steps in and wins the ball.
The game is interrupted as Mark Noble (West Ham) is flagged for offside.
Jesus Navas (Manchester City) latches on to a precise defence-splitting pass and fires a nice strike from a promising distance. Adrian (West Ham) has a clear vision and thwarts his effort, aimed towards the right post, with a comfortable save.
One of the defending players blocks a long-range shot which was unleashed by Gael Clichy (Manchester City).
Enner Valencia (West Ham) receives a well-taken defence-splitting pass inside the box and scores! He buries the ball into the bottom left corner.
OFF THE POST! Fabian Delph (Manchester City) runs towards the goal to force his teammate to send him the ball. He receives a fantastic pass and fires from the edge of the box, but it crashes against the right post. It could have been a brilliant goal, unlucky.
Jesus Navas (Manchester City) sends a pass into the penalty area, but the opponent manages to cut it out. The main referee and his assistant both signal a throw-in for Manchester City.
Yaya Toure (Manchester City) is on the ball and tries to beat his opponnent. He does it, but his run is stopped by referee Craig Pawson who sees an offensive foul.
Dimitri Payet swings the cross over. Michail Antonio (West Ham) gets his head to it but it goes just wide of the left post.
Dimitri Payet (West Ham) swings in the corner, but fails to find any of his teammates. One of the defenders reacts superbly to get it clear.
Cheikhou Kouyate (West Ham) produces a cross into the box. The opposition’s defence clears the ball to safety. The ball is out-of-play and West Ham manage to earn a corner.
An offensive foul by Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) was seen by Craig Pawson who didn’t hesitate to blow the whistle.
Yaya Toure (Manchester City) delivers a fine ball into the box from a free kick. However, the opposition’s defence didn’t let any of his teammates to challenge the goalkeeper.
The player from West Ham commits a rough challenge. Craig Pawson blows for a foul and keeps the game under his control. Manchester City get a free kick.
Craig Pawson blows his whistle and the second half starts.
We can hope that the managers will be able to motivate the players and stir them to improve their performance for after the half-time break. We haven’t seen really exciting football in the previous 45 minutes. In terms of the overall play, the match has been fairly even so far. The home side’s tactic are what is called kick and rush football, and the same goes for the away team.
The referee blows his whistle for half-time, so nothing more will happen in the first half of this match.
West Ham players perform combination football, attempting to create a goal-scoring opportunity, but they will have to wait for that as they have just lost possession due to an inaccurate pass.
Fourth official shows 3 min. of added time.
Aaron Cresswell (West Ham) sends a lofted cross from a long-range free kick in order to find one of his teammates. His poor effort, however, sails way out of play.
A player from Manchester City commits an attacking foul. The referee blows his whistle.
Dimitri Payet (West Ham) takes the corner which is cleared.
Mark Noble (West Ham) fails to send a pass into the box. His effort is cut out. The ball is out-of-play. West Ham win a corner kick.
Aaron Cresswell (West Ham) attempted to pick out a free teammate inside the box, but Joe Hart comes off the line to clear the ball away. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Manchester City.
Mark Noble (West Ham) is shown a yellow card by the referee for making a challenge on his opponent, but he looks angry with the decision.
Mark Noble (West Ham) makes a rough challenge and Craig Pawson blows his whistle for a foul. A free kick to Manchester City. It’s in no position to be converted into a direct shot on goal.
Aaron Cresswell (West Ham) has the ability to send the ball deep into the penalty area from throw-ins and it can lead to very promising situations for his team.
Dimitri Payet (West Ham) whips the ball from the long-range free kick, but the first man gets it clear.
Craig Pawson blows the whistle. Jesus Navas (Manchester City) committed a foul when he hit the opponent’s legs instead of the ball. A free kick for West Ham. They most likely won’t attempt to directly endanger the goal with this one.
Dimitri Payet (West Ham) steps up to take the corner, but the ball sails only among the defenders.
Dimitri Payet (West Ham) sends a direct shot from the free kick, that is placed in a promising distance. The ball sails to the top right corner. His effort is, however, denied by the goalkeeper, who prevents a goal with a quick save. The ball goes out-of-play. West Ham are awarded a corner kick.
Martin Demichelis (Manchester City) has tested the patience of referee Craig Pawson and goes into the book for a previous late challenge.
Gael Clichy (Manchester City) attempts to find Jesus Navas, but puts far too much on the pass and the chance is gone.
A player from West Ham commits an attacking foul. The referee blows his whistle.
Dimitri Payet (West Ham) attempts to create a scoring opportunity with a wonderful long ball, but his pass is blocked.
Bacary Sagna (Manchester City) attempts to find his teammate with a pass from outside the box, but the opposition’s defence is quick to react and thwarts the attack.
James Collins (West Ham) with a through ball which would have led to a great opportunity, if it hadn’t been stopped by the defence.
Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) is penalised for tripping, a poor challenge. Craig Pawson, blowing his whistle for a foul, makes it clear he won’t tolerate such behaviour. West Ham have a free kick.
Cheikhou Kouyate (West Ham) seems to be alright and is okay to carry on.
Looks like Cheikhou Kouyate (West Ham) is struggling after picking up a knock. We will see if he can run that off.
Nicolas Hernan Otamendi (Manchester City) sends a through ball which releases Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), but he can’t control it well and loses it to one of the defending players.
David Silva (Manchester City) takes the corner but fails to find any of his teammates.
Fabian Delph (Manchester City) connects with a pass but sees a shot from the edge of the box blocked. The ball is out-of-play. Manchester City will have a chance to score from a corner.
Bakary Sagna (Manchester City) sends a promising through ball, but the defence is alert and cuts out the pass.
A pass by David Silva (Manchester City) ends up in no man’s land, and the attacking effort comes to an end. The ball goes out-of-play and West Ham will have a goal kick.
Dimitri Payet (West Ham) takes the free kick and sends the ball into the penalty area, but the opposition’s defence is ready.
Craig Pawson has a clear vision and sees a foul from Nicolas Hernan Otamendi (Manchester City).
Craig Pawson interrupts the game. One of the players from Manchester City got the ball, but his effort is judged as a rough play.
Slaven Bilic is forced to make an unplanned substitution as Carl Jenkinson suffers an injury and Samuel Byram (West Ham) comes on.
Manchester City are happy showing off their ball keeping skills and that is only interrupted when the defender steps in.
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) steps up to take the penalty and leaves the keeper helpless with his low shot inside the left post.
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) is heading towards the penalty spot to take it.
The game is interrupted. One of the players from West Ham is cautioned for his agressive play. The referee gives a penalty to Manchester City!
What a chance that is! Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) wastes a huge opportunity as he receives a beautiful pass on the edge of the box and fires towards the net, but unfortunately for him, he hits the right post!
Like an avalanche. Alex Song (West Ham) is penalised for his attacking foul. Craig Pawson has a clear vision and blows the whistle.
Jesus Navas (Manchester City) came with a sweet piledriver. He controlled a pass, glanced at the goal and fired from the edge of the box. It could have been a difficult one for the keeper, but he only hit one of the defenders off whom the ball bounced away.
Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) takes the corner kick but the ball finds only the head of an opponent.
Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) sends a killer pass from the edge of the box, but one of the defenders reacts at the last minute and thwarts his effort. The assistant referee makes a right call and Manchester City will have a corner.
Dimitri Payet (West Ham) dinks a cross into the box as he attempts to find one of his teammates, but the defence manages to make a clearance.
Manchester City are showcasing great team work as they are exchanging one-two passes, but one inaccuracy caused the loss of possession.
What a hit! Enner Valencia (West Ham) shows good composure inside the box to fire a first-time shot that goes into the middle of the net. 1:0.
Here we go, today’s match is starting right now.
The Manchester City players will kick-off.
The referee of today’s match will be Craig Pawson.
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