West Ham 2-1 Manchester City (25.10.2014) Live Commentary

90+6′
The players of both teams deserve praise from their managers and supporters for their performance on the pitch. If they carry on with this exciting football in future games, they surely won’t lose the fans’ support. The away team was superior today. The tactic of both sides was slow build-up play.
90+6′
The referee blows his whistle for the final time to end this match.
90+4′
James Milner (Manchester City) takes the corner, but one of the defenders reacts well and rises highest to head the ball away.
90+4′
Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) collects a pass and has an effort from distance which is blocked. Manchester City will take a corner kick.
90+3′
Jesus Navas (Manchester City) takes the corner, but the opposition’s defence is ready to clear the ball to safety.
90+3′
Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City) picks up a pass and hits the ball towards goal, but he can’t generate enough power to trouble Adrian. It will be a corner kick for Manchester City.
90+2′
The attendance is 34977.
90′
We will have 5 min. of added time.
90′
Close! Yaya Toure (Manchester City) picks it up in space and from inside the penalty area sends a shot that sails inches wide of the left post.
90′
Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) takes the corner but fails to find any of his teammates. The ball is easily cleared out of danger.
89′
Substitution. Diafra Sakho leaves the pitch to be replaced by Kevin Nolan (West Ham).
88′
Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) serves in a nice cross, but the defence clear the danger. Manchester City get a corner.
88′
Jesus Navas (Manchester City) with a teasing cross into the area, but Adrian intercepts the ball.
86′
Diafra Sakho (West Ham) hasn’t suffered any serious injury which wouldn’t allow him to stay on the pitch. He’s back in the game now.
84′
Diafra Sakho (West Ham) is clearly asking for some medical attention with his painful gestures. How serious is his injury is yet to be found out.
84′
Mark Noble (West Ham) receives a low pass just outside the box and unleashes a fine strike to the bottom left corner. Joe Hart (Manchester City) pulls off a reflexive save to block his effort. Nice piece of goalkeeping skill.
80′
The defence had a hard time blocking out the strike from Sergio Aguero (Manchester City). He didn’t hesitate and finished from outside the box right after he had received a pass from his teammate.
78′
The referee signals a substitution. James Milner (Manchester City) is brought on as a substitute for Fernando.
78′
It is time for a substitution. Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) is on for Gael Clichy.
77′
Goal! David Silva (Manchester City) weaves his way past opponents, and he unleashes a magnificent effort from the edge of the box which goes inside the left post. Adrian has no chance of reaching it. The score is 2:1.
76′
Manager makes a subsitution with Carlton Cole (West Ham) coming on for Enner Valencia.
75′
It’s in the back of the net! Aaron Cresswell sends a superb cross into the box, Diafra Sakho (West Ham) latches on to it, and from near the penalty spot he powers a header which goes low inside the right post, leaving Joe Hart beaten. He displays his eye for goal, an excellent finish. The score is 2:0.
74′
What a chance that is! Yaya Toure (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 crossbar!
72′
Cheikhou Kouyate sprays a wonderful pass out to Diafra Sakho (West Ham), who cannot get enough power or direction to cause Joe Hart problems and the goalkeeper is able to watch the ball go just over the crossbar.
67′
Morgan Amalfitano goes off the pitch and Cheikhou Kouyate (West Ham) comes on.
66′
Yaya Toure (Manchester City) receives an accurate pass and attempts to threaten the goalkeeper with his long-range strike. Unfortunately for him, his effort goes high above the crossbar.
65′
Yaya Toure (Manchester City) fails to turn the rebound in as the goalkeeper pulls off a great save to keep him out.
65′
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) picks up a pass inside the box and unleashes a shot goalwards that crashes against the bar. It could have been a brilliant goal, unlucky.
60′
Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) is first to the rebound and sends a header goalwards but it’s blocked. Wow, what an escape there for the opposition.
60′
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) receives a precise pass and is given time inside the box to send a promising strike towards the bottom left corner. Adrian (West Ham) guessed his intentions and denied the effort with a fine save.
59′
The referee signals that it is time for a substitution and Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City) will replace Edin Dzeko.
59′
Diafra Sakho (West Ham) creates some space for himself to pick up a pass on the edge of the box and unleashes a decent strike which goes by a whisker over the crossbar.
58′
Diafra Sakho (West Ham) can’t control an accurate defence-splitting pass very well, and thus one of the defending players reacts well to rob him of the ball.
53′
Enner Valencia (West Ham) unleashed a powerful shot from the free kick but it only hits the defensive wall.
52′
A clumsy foul by Vincent Kompany (Manchester City) and Martin Atkinson blows the whistle. Another situation results in a direct free kick for West Ham.
52′
Flag up against Enner Valencia (West Ham). He had space to move into behind the defence, but he went too soon.
50′
Jesus Navas (Manchester City) takes a short corner kick.
50′
Jesus Navas (Manchester City) sends a cross into the box. However, the opponent’s defence eliminates the danger by clearing the ball out. The ball goes out-of-play. Manchester City have been awarded a corner kick.
47′
Alex Song (West Ham) is given a yellow card.
46′
The defence clears the ball to safety after a dangerous cross from the corner, taken by Mark Noble (West Ham).
46′
Attempted cross from Aaron Cresswell (West Ham) is cleared. West Ham force a corner. Their opponent will face another attacking threat.
46′
The whistle blows and Martin Atkinson starts the second half.
45+3′
Plenty of entertaiment during the first 45 minutes, great half of football. We hope that this continues in the second half. Even first half from both sides, and they’ve both had chances. Both sides try to prevail using combination football.
45+3′
The referee blows his whistle for half-time, so nothing more will happen in the first half of this match.
45+3′
The resulting corner from David Silva (Manchester City) only finds one of the defenders, who heads it out of danger.
45+3′
Yaya Toure (Manchester City) comes close to scoring. For that to happen, he would have had to do better. His poor attempt from close range ended up in the gloves of Adrian. The assistant referee makes a right call and Manchester City will have a corner.
45+1′
Stewart Downing (West Ham) takes the corner but only sends it into the huddle of the defenders as one of them makes a good clearance.
45+1′
Morgan Amalfitano (West Ham) sends a cross into the box, but the opposition’s defence quickly intercepts the ball. The main referee and one of his assistants signal for a corner kick. It will be taken by West Ham.
45′
There will be a minimum of 2 min. of added time.
44′
Martin Atkinson shows the yellow card to Vincent Kompany (Manchester City) for a heavy challenge.
42′
Enner Valencia (West Ham) makes a yard for himself inside the box after an accurate pass and takes a shot that goes just wide of the left post.
41′
Mark Noble (West Ham) steps up to take the corner, but the ball sails only among the defenders.
40′
Aaron Cresswell (West Ham) sends a lofted cross into the box which is headed clear. The ball goes behind for a corner. West Ham will have an opportunity to endanger the opposition’s goal.
40′
David Silva (Manchester City) swings in a promising cross from the free kick, but one of the defenders does a perfect job to avert the danger.
38′
Yaya Toure (Manchester City) gets to the rebound just outside the box, but his attempt is blocked by one of the defending players.
38′
Yaya Toure (Manchester City) takes the free kick from the edge of the box, but the goalkeeper perfectly sets up the defensive wall and his effort is thwarted.
37′
Winston Reid (West Ham) was too aggressive in his challenge. The referee blows his whistle. Manchester City have a free kick from a promising distance.
35′
Martin Atkinson blows his whistle and signals a foul after Alex Song (West Ham) brought his opponent down. A free kick to Manchester City. They can move closer towards the goal.
35′
Carl Jenkinson (West Ham) serves in a nice cross, but Joe Hart punches the ball away.
32′
Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) receives a quality pass and releases a rocket of a shot from distance. Unfortunately for him, his amazing effort goes just wide of the left post. The goalkeeper probably wouldn’t have saved this one.
30′
The resulting set piece, sent into the penalty area by Stewart Downing (West Ham), was easily averted by one of the defenders.
30′
A player from Manchester City pulled an opponent down, making the referee blow the whistle. West Ham get a free kick.
29′
Diafra Sakho (West Ham) crosses into the box from near the side line, but he doesn’t hit it as he wanted, and it’s averted by the well-organized defence. Stewart Downing (West Ham) covers his face with hands! He produces a header from inside the box, but the ball floats just over the bar. What a chance that was to score from a rebound!
28′
David Silva (Manchester City) receives a precise low pass inside the box, controls the ball and drills it to the middle of the goal, but Adrian (West Ham) makes a comfortable save to stop his effort.
25′
Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) comes close to scoring! He gets the ball inside the box from the resulting corner but his shot flies just over the crossbar. This should be a big warning for the defence.
24′
Jesus Navas (Manchester City) will deliver the corner kick.
24′
Jesus Navas (Manchester City) attempts to find a head of one of his teammates with a promising cross into the box. The defence manages to outjump the attacking players and to avert the threat. The ball is out-of-play. Manchester City win a corner kick.
23′
Carl Jenkinson (West Ham) swings a cross into the box, but is far too close to Joe Hart, who smothers the ball.
21′
It’s in the back of the net! Enner Valencia sprays a pass out to Morgan Amalfitano (West Ham), and he has an easy job to slot the ball into an empty net. The score is 1:0.
20′
Joe Hart (Manchester City) has picked up a minor injury, but it looks like he will be able to continue.
20′
The game is interrupted now, Joe Hart (Manchester City) picks up a knock and the physio has to come.
19′
Enner Valencia (West Ham) clutches his head in despair after he blew a huge opportunity! He received the ball from the free kick, took a good first touch and unleashed a projectile from close range to the middle of the goal, but Joe Hart (Manchester City) makes a nice save. Diafra Sakho (West Ham) sends a close-range header after a rebound in a good direction, but is denied by one of the defenders. His bold save didn’t let the score change.
19′
West Ham are awarded a free kick from long range.
16′
Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) comes close to scoring! He gets the ball inside the box from the resulting corner but his effort goes narrowly wide of the left post. This should be a big warning for the defence.
14′
There’s an opportunity for Jesus Navas (Manchester City) to deliver the ball into the box from a corner.
14′
Jesus Navas (Manchester City) swings in a cross, but the ball is cleared to safety by one of the defending players. Manchester City earn a corner.
12′
Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) finds himself beyond the last defender, but the game is stopped by the referee after the linesman signals for offside.
9′
Mark Noble (West Ham) takes the corner kick, but Joe Hart (Manchester City) reads it well and stops the effort.
9′
Diafra Sakho (West Ham) fashions a shot from the edge of the box after receiving an accurate pass. Joe Hart makes a stunning save and denies the effort which is headed for the underside of the crossbar. West Ham have been awarded a corner kick. The main referee and one of the assistants point at the corner flag.
8′
Vincent Kompany (Manchester City) leaps high to meet a beautiful cross from the resultant free kick deep inside the box and glances a header goalwards which is not accurate and goes narrowly over the bar.
8′
Jesus Navas (Manchester City) is going to send the ball in from the free kick.
7′
This foul is worthy of a card! And it is a yellow shown by referee Martin Atkinson to the guilty Morgan Amalfitano (West Ham). Manchester City gets a free kick opportunity.
6′
David Silva (Manchester City) takes the free kick and curls the ball just over the crossbar. That was close!
5′
Manchester City are given a goal-scoring opportunity in form of a mid-range free kick. All the fans are curious about how they’ll take it.
5′
Referee Martin Atkinson sees tripping by Mark Noble (West Ham) and doesn’t hesitate to blow the whistle.
4′
Winston Reid (West Ham) is adjudged offside.
3′
The corner from David Silva (Manchester City) is intercepted by the defence.
2′
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) meets a delivery on the edge of the penalty area and finishes to the left post. He didn’t put enough power into the effort, and the keeper pulls off an easy save. The ball is out-of-play, and the assistant referee points at the corner flag. Manchester City will take it.
2′
The players are on the pitch and Manchester City will have the kick-off.
1′
The referee blows his whistle and we are underway.
Today’s referee will be Martin Atkinson.
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