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West Bromwich Albion 2-3 Manchester City

Leroy Sane
Leroy Sane scored a brilliant opener for Manchester City at The Hawthorns

Leroy Sane inspired league leaders Manchester City to their eighth successive Premier League win with victory at West Brom, but manager Pep Guardiola warned his side must be more clinical in front of goal.

City had 78% of the possession and created 15 chances in total, but were made to hang on at the end after Albion substitute Matt Phillips scored in stoppage time.

"We create I don't know how many and just scored three," said the Spanish boss, with David Silva having missed twice from close range while Kevin de Bruyne hit the side-netting from six yards out.

"In those terms, we have to improve. We need to be clinical if we want to win titles but football is unpredictable."

Germany winger Sane sent City on their way when his vicious strike from 15 yards flew past keeper Ben Foster. That was his eighth goal of the season, the same as strikers Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus.

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The Baggies hit back only three minutes later when Jay Rodriguez lifted his effort past Ederson after Gareth Barry played him in.

But the euphoria from the home support returned to derision soon after the restart when Sane supplied Fernandinho and his drive deflected off a couple of Baggies players and hit the foot of the post before trickling in.

West Brom once again sat back after the break and were punished in the 64th minute when substitute Raheem Sterling tapped in his ninth of the season after a swift move started by the excellent Sane.

Phillips anticipated well to score Albion's second late on, after City defender Nicolas Otamendi tried to chest the ball back to his keeper Ederson, but there was barely enough time for West Brom to mount another attack as City made it 28 points from 30.

Sane more than a support act

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Sane's pedigree was never in doubt, but his rapid ascension since joining City in August 2016 might have surprised a few.

The German is only 21 but is proving to be an indispensable figure in Pep Guardiola's side.

The former Schalke midfielder, who scored nine goal in 37 appearances in his first campaign, was outstanding on the left and, with forward Gabriel Jesus off key, the most potent threat for City.

His goal was memorable. Fernandinho found his team-mate with a 10-yard pass and Sane jinked one way then the other before he arrowed in a fierce effort from the left of the area.

He turned provider when he laid the ball to Fernandinho for the second before beginning the sweeping move for the third, which started on the left and was quickly passed across the edge of the box before Kyle Walker delivered the telling cross for Sterling.

Earlier this week, Sane praised Guardiola for changing his game - his teacher will have been further pleased with his player's progress.

Baggies continue to lack bounce

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West Brom manager Tony Pulis said this week that criticism is part of the job and while the display against City might have placated some, the statistics read: drawn four, lost four of their last eight league games - although this was their first home defeat of the season in the league.

Albion were once again set up to sit deep and counter, but that was only effective on a handful of occasions, one of which led to their opener.

The result leaves the Baggies in 14th, two points above the relegation zone.

"The lads really worked hard," said Pulis afterwards. "There is a gulf in quality in certain areas of the pitch.

"You look at Salomon Rondon's chance in the first half and Grzegorz Krychowiak's chance - there were a couple of opportunities you hope you can take.

"It's difficult against a team this good, but the lads will come out with a lot of credit.

"I thought we would get chances irrespective of the City side."

Man of the match - Leroy Sane (Manchester City)

Leroy Sane
A goal, three efforts in total and an assist - Leroy Sane (centre) had an excellent game at The Hawthorns

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  • Manchester City have made the best start to a Premier League season after 10 games, collecting 28 points (won nine, drawn one) with a goal difference of+29.
  • The Citizens are now unbeaten in 21 games in all competitions (won 17, drawn four) - the longest run without defeat in their history.
  • Guardiola's side have now won their last eight Premier League games by an aggregate score of 32-5.
  • City completed 844 passes in this game; the most by a team in the Premier League since the start of the 2003-04 campaign.
  • West Brom, meanwhile, have lost 15 of their last 16 Premier League games against Manchester City (drawn one), conceding 43 goals in this run.
  • Sterling has scored nine goals in all competitions in 2017-18; the most of any Manchester City player, while only Harry Kane (13) and Romelu Lukaku (11) have netted more among Premier League players.
  • Sane has had a hand in 11 goals in his last seven Premier League games for Man City (six goals, five assists).

What's next?

The Baggies are at Huddersfield in the league next Saturday (15:00 GMT) while City are at Napoli in the Champions League on Wednesday (19:45 GMT) before hosting Arsenal next Sunday (14:15 GMT)

Line-ups

West Brom

  • 1Foster
  • 23McAuleySubstituted forPhillipsat 68'minutes
  • 26HegaziBooked at 72mins
  • 6EvansBooked at 21mins
  • 2Nyom
  • 20KrychowiakSubstituted forMcCleanat 81'minutes
  • 18Barry
  • 8Livermore
  • 3Gibbs
  • 9RondónSubstituted forRobson-Kanuat 58'minutes
  • 19Rodriguez

Substitutes

  • 4Robson-Kanu
  • 5Yacob
  • 10Phillips
  • 11Brunt
  • 13Myhill
  • 14McClean
  • 22Chadli

Man City

  • 31Ederson
  • 2WalkerBooked at 90mins
  • 5Stones
  • 30OtamendiBooked at 71mins
  • 18Delph
  • 17De Bruyne
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 21Silva
  • 20Bernardo SilvaSubstituted forSterlingat 61'minutes
  • 33Gabriel JesusBooked at 60minsSubstituted forGündoganat 82'minutes
  • 19Sané

Substitutes

  • 1Bravo
  • 3Danilo
  • 7Sterling
  • 8Gündogan
  • 10Agüero
  • 15Mangala
  • 42Y Touré
Referee:
Mike Jones
Attendance:
24,003

Match Stats

Home TeamWest BromAway TeamMan City
Possession
Home22%
Away78%
Shots
Home7
Away15
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home1
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, West Bromwich Albion 2, Manchester City 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, West Bromwich Albion 2, Manchester City 3.

Booking

Kyle Walker (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card.

Offside, West Bromwich Albion. James McClean tries a through ball, but Matt Phillips is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! West Bromwich Albion 2, Manchester City 3. Matt Phillips (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from very close range to the high centre of the goal.

Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Allan Nyom tries a through ball, but Gareth Barry is caught offside.

Fernandinho (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James McClean (West Bromwich Albion).

Attempt saved. David Silva (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.

Attempt missed. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Raheem Sterling with a through ball.

Kyle Walker (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James McClean (West Bromwich Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Ilkay Gündogan replaces Gabriel Jesus.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. James McClean replaces Grzegorz Krychowiak.

Foul by David Silva (Manchester City).

Grzegorz Krychowiak (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kieran Gibbs (West Bromwich Albion).

Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kieran Gibbs (West Bromwich Albion).

Booking

Ahmed Hegazi (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ahmed Hegazi (West Bromwich Albion).

Booking

Nicolás Otamendi (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Nicolás Otamendi (Manchester City).

Jake Livermore (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Matt Phillips replaces Gareth McAuley.

Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Gareth Barry tries a through ball, but Hal Robson-Kanu is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! West Bromwich Albion 1, Manchester City 3. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kyle Walker.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Raheem Sterling replaces Bernardo Silva.

Booking

Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City).

Jonny Evans (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Hal Robson-Kanu replaces Salomón Rondón.

Attempt missed. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Gabriel Jesus.

Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Ben Foster tries a through ball, but Salomón Rondón is caught offside.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Ahmed Hegazi.

Attempt blocked. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

David Silva (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Grzegorz Krychowiak (West Bromwich Albion).

goal

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