Riyad Mahrez missed a late penalty as Premier League leaders Manchester City could only secure a point at West Ham United in a thrilling 2-2 draw on Sunday afternoon.
Result: West Ham United 2-2 Manchester City
Date: 15 May 2022
Venue: London Stadium
Man City manager Pep Guardiola made three alterations to the team that hammered Wolverhampton Wanderers, as Riyad Mahrez, Gabriel Jesus and Jack Grealish all got starts ahead of IIkay Gundogan, Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden.
The Hammers threatened to get an early goal in the opening exchanges but City quickly grabbed the attacking momentum, as they got into their usual theme of playing with a high line.
The visitors could not translate their landslide possession into clear chances and they paid the price for it in the 24th minute after Jarrod Bowen was put through on goal by a reverse volley from Pablo Fornals, before he rounded shot-stopper Ederson and scored into an empty net.
The huge space at the other end worked in the Hammers' favour once again on the stroke of halftime, as Bowen broke away in between the two centre-backs from a pass by Michail Antonio, before firing past Ederson to complete his brace.
The Citizens had a perfect start in the second stanza as Grealish pulled a goal back within four minutes from the restart after he smashed home a knock-down by Rodri in the box on a volley that found the top corner.
David Moyes' men had a big chance to restore their lead in the 65th minute after a horrible back pass by Fernandinho sent Antonio clear on goal, one-on-one with Ederson but the English striker chipped his effort wide of the gaping net.
City's pressure finally paid off four minutes later as they got the equaliser thanks to an own goal by Vladimir Coufal, who headed Mahrez's in-swinging free-kick into his own net towards the back post.
The visitors pushed on for the winner and were awarded a penalty in the last five minutes after the referee reviewed a challenge by Craig Dawson on Jesus on the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) monitor. Mahrez stepped up for the Citizens but his spot-kick was saved by shot-stopper Lukasz Fabianski.
City camped in and around West Ham's box, forcing matters in stoppages but they could not find a way through and settled for the share of the spoils.
A point moved leaders, the Citizens only four points clear of second-placed Liverpool, who can close the gap to one point when they face Southampton on Tueday.
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