Second-half goals from Jeremy Doku, Bernardo Silva and Erling Haaland helped Manchester City come from behind to beat in-form West Ham and continue their winning start to the Premier League season.
James Ward-Prowse’s diving header gave the Hammers the lead against the run of play, but Doku’s opening goal for City restored parity 43 seconds after the break.
Silva then collected Julian Alvarez’s looping ball over the West Ham defense before calmly slotting past Alphonse Areola.
Haaland, who had squandered several previous chances, completed the scoring at the London Stadium with a trademark finish.
“We were fantastic throughout the game, even when we were losing at half-time against an incredible team,” City manager Pep Guardiola told BBC Sport. “We were efficient and patient in the second half.
“It was a big victory after the international break. The team showed good spirit to survive.”
City maintain their two-point lead over Tottenham and Liverpool at the top of the table, while West Ham fall to sixth place thanks to their first defeat of the campaign.
The city’s patience pays off
There wasn’t much wrong with City’s first half performance but, despite recording 17 shots before the break, they failed to find a way past the back -Depth guard of Areola and West Ham.
They almost took a deserved lead after just six minutes, but Areola made some fine saves to deny Rodri and Ruben Dias either side of Tomas Soucek’s block on Haaland’s goal line.
The Norwegian – among others – wasted two glorious chances before half-time, somehow directing Doku’s low cross wide of the far post before seeing another shot cleared off the line by Nayef Aguerd in retirement.
Guardiola, back in the City dugout after surgery, will have asked the same of his players at half-time and they were level just moments after the restart as the lively Doku intervened from the left before producing a expert finish.
Reflecting on the 21-year-old Belgian’s performance, Guardiola said: “I would say in the first game (against Fulham) he was shy, but today he wasn’t. He was a good winger , he had the ball and had the ability to go one on one.
“Not only that, he has the quality of knowing when to pass to the next player. I was very happy. It was a very good performance from Jeremy.”
Alvarez rattled a post with a wonderful free-kick shortly after Doku’s leveler, but City were not denied as the Argentine collected a smart ball over the West Ham backline for Silva can return home.
Haaland delivered the icing on the cake late on, extending his championship tally to seven goals in five games this season with a smart finish from Silva’s pass.
The Valiant Hammers fail
West Ham defeated Brighton last month despite having just 22% possession, and for a long time it looked like they might pull off another famous victory against the Premier League champions despite having their backs against the wall during the big majority of the first half.
The hosts could have taken the lead before the opener, with Aguerd almost getting on the end of Soucek’s shot at the near post following a clever corner routine involving Ward-Prowse and Jarrod Bowen.
West Ham’s move for the opening goal was perfectly executed, with Vladimir Coufal firing a delicious cross for Ward-Prowse to head home from close range.
But their hard work was undone seconds after the break, much to the frustration of David Moyes, his coaching staff and the home fans.
“It was bad timing for their first goal just after half-time, but I was more disappointed with their second goal – it was really bad,” Moyes told BBC Sport.
“We had small margins in the other games we won. Today their goalkeeper made a few saves and those margins could have been in our favor. [but] doesn’t.
“We were probably as good with the ball today as we have been in a long time, but we didn’t have the chances we would have liked. We were still a threat, but not enough.”
Ederson pulled off a sensational one-handed save to deny Kurt Zouma the score at 1-1, but Silva’s goal appeared to deflate West Ham before Haaland’s late effort ended their hopes of getting anything from the competition.
Player of the match
Ward ProwseJames Ward Prowse
West Ham United
Squad number7Player NameWard Prowse
Squad number19Player NameAlvarez
Squad number23Player NameAreola
Squad numbertenPlayer NameLucas Paqueta
Squad number20Player NameBowen
Squad number27Player NameAguerd
Squad number33Player NameEmerson
Squad number9Player NameAnthony
Squad number5Player NameCoufal
Squad number28Player NameSoucek
Squad number4Player NameZouma
Squad number14Player NameWell done
Squad number22Player NameBenrahma
Squad number24Player NameKehrer
Squad number18Player NameIngs
- 5CoufalReplaced byKehrerhas 87′minutes
- 28SoucekBooked at 79 minutesReplaced byIngshas 87′minutes
- 19AlvarezBooked at 38 minutesReplaced byBenrahmahas 68′minutes
- 7Ward Prowse
- tenLucas PaquetaReserved at 90 minutes
- 9AnthonyReplaced byWell donehas 67′minutes
- 14Well done
- 3Ruben Dias
- 24GvardiolReserved at 45 minutesReplaced byAkehas 90+5′minutes
- 16RodriBooked at 89 minutes
- 20Bernardo SilvaReplaced byBobhas 90+5′minutes
- 47FodenReplaced byNuneshas 67′minutes
- 11DocumentReplaced byGomezhas 90′minutes
- 9HaalandReplaced byLouishas 90+4′minutes
- Andy Madley
The match ends, West Ham United 1, Manchester City 3.
Second Half ends, West Ham United 1, Manchester City 3.
Lucas Paquetá (West Ham United) receives a yellow card for dangerous play.
Oscar Bobb (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Lucas Paquetá (West Ham United).
Foul by Sergio Gómez (Manchester City).
Mohammed Kudus (West Ham United) wins a free kick in his own half.
Substitution, Manchester City. Oscar Bobb replaces Bernardo Silva.
Substitution, Manchester City. Nathan Aké replaces Josko Gvardiol.
Substitution, Manchester City. Rico Lewis replaces Erling Haaland.
Failed attempt. Nayef Aguerd (West Ham United) header from the left of the penalty area. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse following a free-kick situation.
Substitution, Manchester City. Sergio Gómez replaces Jérémy Doku.
Rodri (Manchester City) receives a yellow card for dangerous play.
Foul by Rodri (Manchester City).
Mohammed Kudus (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the opposing half.
Substitution, West Ham United. Thilo Kehrer replaces Vladimír Coufal.
Substitution, West Ham United. Danny Ings replaces Tomás Soucek.
Aim! West Ham United 1, Manchester City 3. Erling Haaland (Manchester City) left-footed shot from the center of the area to the bottom right corner. Corner conceded by Bernardo Silva.
Josko Gvardiol (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Mohammed Kudus (West Ham United).
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