Manchester City 3 West Ham United 0
Friday, 4th August 2017
by Staff Writer
Slaven Bilic's side featured all four key summer signings on the day - but still failed miserably to cope with a far superior City side in Reykjavik this afternoon.City ran out 3-0 winners in the first meeting between two Premier League teams in Iceland, which the Hammers marked by temporarily changing their usual sponsor Betway to the DT38 Foundation for the day.
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Despite fielding a fairly strong starting XI, including new boys Joe Hart, Pablo Zabaleta and Marko Arnautovic, the Hammers found themselves a goal behind as early as the 7th minute when a totally-unmarked Gabriel Jesus found the back of the net from close range.
Although that was to prove the only goal of the opening 45 minutes, it was an entirely one-sided half with the Citizens enjoying nine efforts on goal and 65 per cent of possession to West Ham's one shot - an off-target header from Toni Martinez.
Despite introducing latest signing Javier Hernandez after the break, it made little difference to the Hammers who found themselves two behind when David Silva?EUR(TM)s cross was neatly converted by Aguero, a carbon copy of the opening goal.
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And City rounded off an easy victory with a third goal on 71 minutes, when Raheem Sterling found himself unmarked with just the 'keeper to beat after United's defence had been left flat-footed once again.
Although they barely threatened the City goal all afternoon, West Ham were somewhat unfortunate to have a late Andre Ayew effort ruled out - their only shot on target all afternoon - for a foul, despite TV replays indicating that he'd won the ball fairly.
Sadly for the Hammers, their misery was compounded by fresh injury concerns with record-signing Arnautovic limping off midway through the second half (to be replaced by the ineffective Robert Snodgrass) and Andre Ayew also feeling a thigh.
They end pre-season having managed to win just one of their six outings - a 2-1 success against Championship side Fulham.
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West Ham Utd: Hart, Zabaleta (Byram 46), Fonte, Ogbonna, Masuaku, Obiang, Noble (Rice 46), Ayew (Holland 86), Fernandes (Makasi 86), Arnautovic (Snodgrass 62), Martinez (Hernandez 46).
Subs not used: Adrian, Collins.
Manchester City: Ederson, Kompany (Adarabioyo 71), Stones (Mangala 57), Otamendi (Roberts 71), Yaya Toure (Fernandinho 57), De Bruyne (Sterling 57), Sane (Foden 57), Silva (Diaz 71), Danilo (Walker 57), Jesus (Zinchenko 57), Aguero (Bernardo 57).
Subs not used: Muric, Grimshaw.
Goals: Jesus (8), Aguero (56), Sterling (71).
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Player RatingsJoe Hart
A first glimpse at West Ham's new on-loan goalkeeper.
Played for an hour before being replaced by Sam Byram.
Replaced Aaron Cresswell from yesterday's line-up.
His first appearance since returning from injury.
Played an hour before being replaced.
Captained the side in the absence of Mark Noble.
A second start in 24 hours for the highly-rated young midfielder, who is pushing for a place in Slaven Bilic's first team squad.
In the starting line-up today having featured from the bench yesterday.
A debut goal in claret and blue for the former Stoke City man.
Decent run-out for the Scottish international, who continues to be linked with a move elsewhere during the transfer window.
A full 90 minutes minutes under his belt, coupled with an assist.
(Replaced Zabaleta) One of eight players introoduced on the hour mark, as agreed between both managers.
(Replaced Fonte) Another half-hour with the first team for the promising young centre half.
(Replaced Ogbonna) The veteran defender may have been linked with a move to Everton but he continues to give 100 per cent - even in a pre-season friendly such as this.
(Replaced Obiang) A shing light in yesterday's 1-0 defeat, he enjoyed a decent cameo here too.
(Replaced Masuaku) A decent 30-minute run-out for the England full back.
(Replaced Cullen) On for young Josh Cullen for the last 30, having enjoyed a full 90-minute run-out yesterday.
(Replaced Fernandes) Lively as usual and always seeking out that killer ball.
Match FactsWest Ham United: Joe Hart, Pablo Zabaleta, Arthur Masuaku, Angelo Ogbonna, Jose Fonte, Pedro Obiang, Josh Cullen, Edimilson Fernandes, Marko Arnautovic, Robert Snodgrass, Andre Ayew.
Goals: Marko Arnautovic 26 Toni Martinez 62 .
Booked: n/a .
Sent Off: None sent off. .
Manchester City: Pavlenka, Caldirola, Sane, Bauer, Augustinsson, Delaney, M Eggestein, Bartels, Kainz, Kruse, Zhang.
Subs not used: tbc.
Goals: Caldirola (15), Zhang (81).
Sent off: None.
Man of the Match: Marko Arnautovic.