Man City win; Reds thrash Hammers

Man City win; Reds thrash Hammers
Raheem Sterling had dribbled inside on 14minutes to make space a lash home a fierce effort to give Manchester City the lead.
London, Aug 12 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 8/12/2018 12:08:50 PM IST

Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva spoiled the Premier League debut of Arsenal manager Unai Emery as Manchester City opened the defence of their title with a 2-0 victory at the Emirates Stadium.

Sterling struck first, scoring in the 14th minute after taking possession on the edge of the area, dribbling back across the D and turning and firing through Arsenal’s defence to beat Petr Cech to his left.

Silva doubled the lead in the 64th minute, scoring at the end of a five-on-four when Benjamin Mendy ran up the left and pulled it back as Silva drifted to the spot to finish left-footed.

Meanwhile, Liverpool started the season in style as they condemned West Ham to a 4-0 defeat in Manuel Pellegrini’s first game in charge.

Mohamed Salah (19) and Sadio Mane (45+2) scored open goals after ruthless attacking moves during a rampant first half at Anfield and the home side added a third eight minutes after half-time when Mane stroked home, controversially from an offside position.

Daniel Sturridge came off the bench to score with his first touch of the game (88) to complete a miserable afternoon for Pellegrini.

Liverpool dominated both the chances and the possession as they overwhelmed West Ham in the first half and took a deserved lead through Salah on 19 minutes.

West Ham’s high defensive line was punished again in first-half injury time when Robertson’s cross was volleyed back into the middle by James Milner and Mane hooked in to an unguarded goal to double Liverpool’s lead.

Roberto Firmino was the architect of Liverpool’s third in the 53rd minute, cleverly feeding the ball through to Mane just inside the area to control and shoot low past Fabianski - though replays showed he was a yard offside.

Sturridge, who came is as substitute, scored the fourth goal when he met Milner’s corner at the back post and turned the ball in to complete a dream start for Liverpool.

Match results

Wolves 2-2 Everton

Southampton 0 – 0 Burnley

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