Saturday 15 September 2018, 3:00pm at Etihad Stadium, Manchester
Premier League
Manchester City
3
Sané 2'; Silva 21'; Sterling 47'
Fulham FC
Fulham
0

2' Goal

Leroy Sané
Assist by Fernandinho

21' Goal

David Silva

47' Goal

Raheem Sterling
Assist by Sergio Agüero

54' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Gabriel Jesus
Off:Sergio Agüero

67' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ilkay Gündogan
Off:Fabian Delph

74' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Riyad Mahrez
Off:Raheem Sterling

56' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:André-Frank Zambo Anguissa
Off:Jean Michael Seri

69' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Floyd Ayité
Off:Luciano Vietto

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Manchester City had too much firepower for Fulham on Saturday afternoon, claiming a 3-0 win at the Etihad Stadium.

Manchester City had too much firepower for Fulham on Saturday afternoon, claiming a 3-0 win at the Etihad Stadium.

Just 98 seconds were on the clock when Leroy Sane tapped home the opener, a lead that David Silva doubled 20 minutes later with the help of the woodwork.

The Whites needed a strong start to the second period but an unfortunate sense of déjà vu struck as Raheem Sterling finished simply in the embryonic stages of the half.

Fulham refused to throw in the towel or abandon their passing style of play, but the Premier League champions were just too strong on the day.

Slaviša Jokanović made a trio of changes to the side that drew with Brighton & Hove Albion last time out. In came Cyrus Christie, Ryan Sessegnon and Stefan Johansen, with Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Maxime Le Marchand and André-Frank Anguissa the men to make way.

Fulham started on the front foot, zipping the ball around confidently inside the first minute which led to a corner won by Christie. It was only half cleared to André Schürrle, but the German’s shot was blocked.

City then showed their devastation going forward. Things appeared to be under control but a misunderstanding between Jean Michaël Seri and Denis Odoi allowed Fernandinho to break through and put it on a plate for Sane.

The home side were putting together some slick moves and in the seventh minute Sterling looked to break through, but left-back Sessegnon showed good strength to muscle the England man off the ball and win a goal kick.

A long goal kick forward from Ederson – who already has one assist to his name this season – then picked out Sergio Aguero who’d ghosted in behind the Whites backline, but Marcus Bettinelli was equal to his low strike.

It would have been 2-0 on the quarter hour mark but for Bettinelli’s heroics. Bernardo Silva’s exquisite pass put Sterling in one-on-one, but the Fulham number one made a fantastic save to deflect the shot onto the underside of the crossbar.

The second goal was just around the corner though. Despite the best efforts of Johansen, Bernardo Silva managed to keep the ball in play on the byline and cut back to Aguero. His shot deflected kindly into the path of David Silva who lashed in via the bar.

Some more good defending from Sessegnon on 25 minutes set his side up for a counter when he robbed Bernardo Silva and found Luciano Vietto. He laid off to Schürrle who took aim from distance, but his strike was always rising and missed the target.

Sessegnon then collected a Johansen pass at the City byline and drove into the box. His cross took a nick and spun up towards Aleksandar Mitrović, he rotated his body to swerve into a volley, but he got under the ball and it was an easy claim for Ederson.

Fulham fans have learnt quickly that Schürrle is always keen to try his luck, and it almost paid dividends on the half hour mark when his snapshot looked to have caught Ederson off guard, but the Brazilian was able to beat the powerful strike away.

And it was Schürrle who came closest to scoring for the Whites four minutes before the break. Vietto held the ball up on the edge of the box and squared to his teammate on the right, with Schürrle letting fly with a rasping effort that required a reflex tip over from Ederson.

The Citizens then went straight up the other end trying to put the game to bed, only to find Bettinelli in good form once again when he repelled Sane’s drilled shot.

The hosts almost got a crucial third in first half stoppage time when Sterling weaved his way into the box, but Bettinelli demonstrated some incredible agility to get down to it at the cost of a corner. City got the ball in the back of the net from that set-piece, but the flag was up for offside.

As was the case at the start of the match, City needed less than two minutes to get on the scoresheet. This time Aguero found space on the right and fizzed a low ball across goal for Sterling to tap in.

It almost got worse moments later when Bernardo Silva looked to curl one, but it deflected behind for a corner that Fulham managed to clear.

The first change of the game was made in the 53rd minute as Aguero made way for Gabriel Jesus.

The Brazil international almost converted with his first touch when he was picked out by David Silva, but Alfie Mawson made a fine block to deny him.

Jokanović then made his first switch as Seri was replaced by Anguissa.

Half the ground cheered when Fernandinho let fly with a vicious effort shortly before the hour mark. It did look to be heading in but in the end zipped inches wide of the post.

Midway through the second period Pep Guardiola made his second change, replacing Fabian Delph with Ilkay Gundogan. This was followed by a positive for the Whites, as Floyd Ayité made his first appearance since the First Leg of the Play-Offs when he came on for Vietto.

Riyad Mahrez was the final substitution to be introduced for City, as he replaced the impressive Sterling.

Fulham had a massive let-off with 10 minutes to go when Bernardo Silva inexplicably blazed over after he was neatly set up by Jesus with the goal gaping.

Ayité had been positive since his introduction and went close to a consolation in the closing stages, but his low shot whistled a yard wide of Ederson’s near post.

Mitrović then went one better by drawing a sprawling save from Ederson in the final minute of stoppage time – the last chance of a game in which Fulham far from disgraced themselves against arguably the best side in the country.

Match Information

Competition: Premier League

Date: Saturday 15 September 2018
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester
Attendance: 53,307

Referee: Stuart Attwell

Manchester City

Line-up: Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, Delph (Gündogan 67'); Bernardo Silva, Fernandinho, Silva; Sterling (Mahrez 74'), Agüero (Gabriel Jesus 54'), Sané

Unused substitutes: Muric, Stones, Zinchenko, Foden

Manager: Josep Guardiola

Fulham

Line-up: Bettinelli; Christie, Odoi, Mawson, Ryan Sessegnon; Seri (Zambo Anguissa 56'), McDonald, Johansen; Vietto (Ayité 69'), Mitrovic, Schürrle

Unused substitutes: Fabri, Chambers, Le Marchand, Fosu-Mensah, Bryan

Manager: Slavisa Jokanovic

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Chelsea 5 15
2 Liverpool 5 15
3 Manchester City 5 13
4 Watford 4 12
5 A.F.C. Bournemouth 5 10
6 Tottenham Hotspur 5 9
7 Arsenal 5 9
8 Everton 4 6
9 Leicester City 5 6
10 Manchester United 4 6
11 Crystal Palace 5 6
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers 4 5
13 Southampton 4 4
14 Brighton and Hove Albion 4 4
15 Fulham 5 4
16 Cardiff City 5 2
17 Huddersfield Town 5 2
18 Newcastle United 5 1
19 Burnley 4 1
20 West Ham United 4 0
Goals
3
0
Total Shots
28
9
Shots On Target
9
3
Passing Accuracy
91%
80%
Fouls
7
7
Corners
10
4
Offsides
5
2
Bookings
0
0
Sending Offs
0
0
Manchester City (4-3-3)
  • 31Ederson
  • 2Kyle Walker
  • 30Nicolás Otamendi
  • 14Aymeric Laporte
  • 18Fabian Delph
  • 20Bernardo Silva
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 21David Silva
  • 7Raheem Sterling
  • 10Sergio Agüero
  • 19Leroy Sané
Substitutes
  • 49Arijanet Muric
  • 5John Stones
  • 8Ilkay Gündogan
  • 26Riyad Mahrez
  • 35Oleksandr Zinchenko
  • 47Phil Foden
  • 33Gabriel Jesus
Manager
  • Josep Guardiola
Fulham (4-3-3)
  • 1Marcus Bettinelli
  • 22Cyrus Christie
  • 4Denis Odoi
  • 26Alfie Mawson
  • 3Ryan Sessegnon
  • 24Jean Michael Seri
  • 6Kevin McDonald
  • 8Stefan Johansen
  • 19Luciano Vietto
  • 9Aleksandar Mitrovic
  • 14André Schürrle
Substitutes
  • 31Fabri
  • 5Calum Chambers
  • 20Maxime Le Marchand
  • 21Timothy Fosu-Mensah
  • 23Joe Bryan
  • 29André-Frank Zambo Anguissa
  • 11Floyd Ayité
Manager
  • Slavisa Jokanovic
Goals
0
0
Total shots
0
0
Ball played into the final third of the pitch
0
0
Minutes played by player
0
0
Assists from open play
0
0
Crosses
0
0
Tackles
0
0
Successful aerial duels
0
0
Duel over the possession of the ball where a player wins the ball
0
0
Pass forwards
0
0
Successful dribbles
0
0
Sum of all a players ball events
0
0
Accurate passes
0
0
Key passes
0
0
Player intercepts a pass
0
0
Goalkeeper saves
0
0
Goalkeeper catches a cross
0
0
  • Match ends, Manchester City 3, Fulham 0.
  • 90'+4' Second Half ends, Manchester City 3, Fulham 0.
  • 90'+3' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Ederson.
  • 90'+3' Attempt saved. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ryan Sessegnon.
  • 90'+2' Attempt blocked. Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Bernardo Silva.
  • 90'+2' Attempt missed. Floyd Ayité (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Cyrus Christie.
  • 90'+1' Attempt blocked. Kyle Walker (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez.
  • 90' Attempt blocked. Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Bernardo Silva.
  • 88' Attempt missed. Floyd Ayité (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Cyrus Christie.
  • 83' Attempt blocked. André Schürrle (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 81' Attempt missed. Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Gabriel Jesus.
  • 78' Foul by Nicolás Otamendi (Manchester City).
  • 78' Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 77' Attempt missed. Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Ilkay Gündogan.
  • 74' Substitution, Manchester City. Riyad Mahrez replaces Raheem Sterling.
  • 73' Offside, Manchester City. Fernandinho tries a through ball, but Raheem Sterling is caught offside.
  • 69' Substitution, Fulham. Floyd Ayité replaces Luciano Vietto.
  • 69' Foul by Nicolás Otamendi (Manchester City).
  • 69' Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 68' Attempt blocked. Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 67' Substitution, Manchester City. Ilkay Gündogan replaces Fabian Delph.
  • 66' Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Denis Odoi.
  • 66' Attempt blocked. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 65' Offside, Fulham. Kevin McDonald tries a through ball, but André-Frank Zambo Anguissa is caught offside.
  • 63' Offside, Manchester City. Raheem Sterling tries a through ball, but Gabriel Jesus is caught offside.
  • 62' Attempt missed. Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Raheem Sterling with a cross.
  • 60' Foul by Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City).
  • 60' Luciano Vietto (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 59' Attempt missed. Fernandinho (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.
  • 56' Substitution, Fulham. André-Frank Zambo Anguissa replaces Jean Michael Seri.
  • 56' Foul by Fabian Delph (Manchester City).
  • 56' Luciano Vietto (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 55' Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Marcus Bettinelli.
  • 55' Attempt saved. Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by David Silva.
  • 54' Substitution, Manchester City. Gabriel Jesus replaces Sergio Agüero.
  • 52' Attempt blocked. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 52' Fernandinho (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 52' Foul by Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham).
  • 50' Attempt blocked. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.
  • 48' Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Kevin McDonald.
  • 48' Attempt blocked. Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Leroy Sané.
  • 47' Goal! Manchester City 3, Fulham 0. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sergio Agüero.
  • Second Half begins Manchester City 2, Fulham 0.
  • 45'+3' First Half ends, Manchester City 2, Fulham 0.
  • 45'+2' Offside, Fulham. Marcus Bettinelli tries a through ball, but André Schürrle is caught offside.
  • 45'+2' Offside, Manchester City. Aymeric Laporte tries a through ball, but Leroy Sané is caught offside.
  • 45'+2' Attempt blocked. Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 45'+1' Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Marcus Bettinelli.
  • 45'+1' Attempt saved. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Fernandinho.
  • 45' Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 45' Foul by Stefan Johansen (Fulham).
  • 44' Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 44' Foul by Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham).
  • 42' Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Marcus Bettinelli.
  • 42' Attempt saved. Leroy Sané (Manchester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by David Silva.
  • 41' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Ederson.
  • 41' Attempt saved. André Schürrle (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Luciano Vietto.
  • 40' Attempt missed. Nicolás Otamendi (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Aymeric Laporte following a corner.
  • 40' Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Alfie Mawson.
  • 35' Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 35' Foul by Kevin McDonald (Fulham).
  • 34' Foul by Bernardo Silva (Manchester City).
  • 34' André Schürrle (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 33' Attempt missed. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by David Silva with a cross.
  • 31' Attempt blocked. Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.
  • 30' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Fabian Delph.
  • 30' Attempt saved. André Schürrle (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Jean Michael Seri.
  • 28' Offside, Manchester City. Leroy Sané tries a through ball, but Sergio Agüero is caught offside.
  • 28' Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ryan Sessegnon.
  • 25' Attempt missed. André Schürrle (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Luciano Vietto.
  • 22' Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Ryan Sessegnon.
  • 22' Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Cyrus Christie.
  • 21' Goal! Manchester City 2, Fulham 0. David Silva (Manchester City) right footed shot from very close range to the high centre of the goal.
  • 21' Attempt blocked. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Bernardo Silva.
  • 18' Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 18' Foul by Jean Michael Seri (Fulham).
  • 17' Foul by Bernardo Silva (Manchester City).
  • 17' Kevin McDonald (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 16' Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 16' Foul by Stefan Johansen (Fulham).
  • 15' Attempt missed. Nicolás Otamendi (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Leroy Sané with a cross following a corner.
  • 15' Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Marcus Bettinelli.
  • 15' Attempt saved. Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sergio Agüero.
  • 14' Attempt saved. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Bernardo Silva with a through ball.
  • 12' Hand ball by David Silva (Manchester City).
  • 12' Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Denis Odoi.
  • 11' Attempt saved. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ederson.
  • 9' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 8' Delay in match Kyle Walker (Manchester City) because of an injury.
  • 6' Leroy Sané (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 6' Foul by Cyrus Christie (Fulham).
  • 5' Attempt missed. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Bernardo Silva.
  • 4' Offside, Manchester City. David Silva tries a through ball, but Leroy Sané is caught offside.
  • 2' Goal! Manchester City 1, Fulham 0. Leroy Sané (Manchester City) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Fernandinho.
  • 2' Attempt missed. André Schürrle (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.
  • 1' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Fernandinho.
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.