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Player Ratings: City Cling to Victory Over Bournemouth

Premier League Thriller: Man City Edge Past Bournemouth

In a match that was a true testament to the drama and excitement of the Premier League, Manchester City edged past Bournemouth with a slender 1-0 victory. The win has now narrowed the gap to a mere point behind league leaders Liverpool, setting the stage for an enthralling title chase.

Foden’s Magic Secures Vital Win for Cityzens

Phil Foden emerged as the hero for Manchester City, scoring the only goal at the Vitality Stadium. The match saw the Cityzens dig deep to claim a hard-fought victory against a resilient Bournemouth side. Despite the Cherries’ valiant efforts and increased pressure late in the game, they fell just short of finding the back of the net.

Action-Packed First Half

The game kicked off with intensity as City nearly grabbed an early lead. Bernardo Silva’s visionary play set up a chance for Erling Haaland, but his effort astonishingly missed the target. Bournemouth quickly responded with Ederson forced to make a spectacular save from Milos Kerkez’s long-distance attempt. The deadlock was broken by City in the 24th minute, courtesy of Foden’s awareness and positioning, capitalising on a parried save from Neto.

Cherries Fight Back But Fall Short

The second half saw Bournemouth intensify their efforts. Antoine Semenyo’s pace caused problems, leading to Marcus Tavernier’s near-miss. Despite the Cherries’ increased pressure and a close call from a Tavernier corner, City’s defence, led by Ruben Dias, stood firm. Bournemouth’s hopes were further dashed when Enes Unal’s header in the dying minutes struck the post, allowing City to breathe a sigh of relief.

Bournemouth Player Ratings

  • Neto (GK): 4/10
  • Adam Smith (RB): 6/10
  • Illia Zabarnyi (CB): 5/10
  • Marcos Senesi (CB): 5.5/10
  • Milos Kerkez (LB): 6.5/10
  • Lewis Cook (CM): 5/10
  • Ryan Christie (CM): 6/10
  • Antoine Semenyo (RM): 5.5/10
  • Justin Kluivert (AM): 5/10
  • Marcus Tavernier (LM): 5.5/10
  • Dominic Solanke (CF): 6/10
  • Substitutes
  • Dango Ouattara: 5/10
  • Alex Scott: 5/10
  • Romain Faivre: 5/10
  • Enes Unal: N/A
  • Luis Sinisterra: N/A
  • Manager: Andoni Iraola: 6/10

Manchester City Player Ratings

  • Ederson (GK): 7/10
  • Manuel Akanji (CB): 6/10
  • Ruben Dias (CB): 5.5/10
  • Nathan Ake (CB): 6/10
  • John Stones (DM): 6.5/10
  • Rodri (DM): 7.5/10
  • Bernardo Silva (RW): 6/10
  • Mateo Kovacic (AM): 5.5/10
  • Phil Foden (AM): 8.5/10
  • Matheus Nunes (LW): 4.5/10
  • Erling Haaland (CF): 6/10
  • Substitutes
  • Jeremy Doku: 5/10
  • Julian Alvarez: 5/10
  • Kevin De Bruyne: 6/10
  • Manager: Pep Guardiola: 6/10
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