Result: Manchester City 2-1 West Ham United
Date: 27 February 2021
Premier League leaders Manchester City extended their lead at the top of the Premier League table to 13 points with a hard-fought win over West Ham United on Saturday afternoon.
Man City made wholesale changes, with Sergio Aguero getting a first start since October last year, alongside the return of Kevin De Bruyne and Fernandinho while the Hammers were without goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski due to injury.
The Citizens had a tough task of getting past the West Ham high press in the early stages, with David Moyes' charges looking to force them into errors and pounce on counter-attacks.
However, Ruben Dias broke the deadlock for Pep Guardiola's charges on the half-hour mark with a close-range header after a sublime cross by De Bruyne.
Michail Antonio was unlucky not to get the equaliser for the visitors with a half-volley that came off the outside of the post five minutes before the break but the burly striker eventually levelled matters for West Ham soon after, turning home Jesse Lingard's shot on the line.
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The Hammers were dropping deep in the early stages of the second stanza, allowing City to have the momentum and John Stones finally broke their resistance in the 68th minute with a low strike across towards the bottom corner after a cut-back by Riyad Mahrez.
Guardiola's men were in control of the contest in the closing phase, putting West Ham under pressure looking to kill of the match but Tomas Soucek gave them a scare with a header in stoppage time that missed just wide.
In the end City held on to win their 20th match in a row in all competitions, 14 in the league and went 13 points clear at the top of the log.
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