Bournemouth 0-1 Manchester City: Phil Foden goal cuts gap to Liverpool- QHN

Phil Foden scores for Manchester City in their Premier League match against Bournemouth at Vitality Stadium
Phil Foden now has 16 goals in all competitions this season, his joint-most from a single campaign

Manchester City moved a point behind Premier League leaders Liverpool with a hard-fought victory over Bournemouth at Vitality Stadium.

City started slowly but took the lead midway through the first half when Phil Foden steered home after Erling Haaland’s shot was saved by Neto.

The visitors dominated the rest of the half but were fortunate not to be pegged back early in the second, Marcus Tavernier scuffing a shot into the ground from Antoine Semenyo’s cross before shooting wide after fine work from Dominic Solanke.

Solanke had a header punched off the line by Ederson as Bournemouth continued to apply pressure, while Haaland had another shot saved by Neto with a quarter of an hour remaining.

Second-half substitute Enes Unal headed agonisingly wide in stoppage time for the hosts, as City held on to consolidate second place ahead of crucial games at home to Manchester United and away to Liverpool in early March.

Bournemouth, now without a win in their last seven league matches, stay eight points above the relegation zone but drop a place to 14th.

Champions get job done

Pep Guardiola’s team were made to work hard for three points against Brentford on Tuesday, and they were perhaps a little fortunate to get the win from a testing encounter at Vitality Stadium.

Haaland got the all-important goal against the Bees and the Norwegian should have given the visitors the lead here, sending a right-footed shot off target after running on to Foden’s exquisite cushioned pass.

Haaland was denied by Neto midway through the first half, but Foden – who has now scored in his past five appearances against the Cherries – was on hand to guide home his 16th goal of the season. That is his joint-most in a single campaign.

John Stones, operating in a more advanced role than usual, was outstanding in the first half in particular, repeatedly marauding upfield and almost setting up Rodri for a second City goal not long after Foden’s opener.

The visitors rode their luck after half-time as Bournemouth pushed for an equaliser, with a combination of wasteful finishing by the hosts and smart goalkeeping from Ederson securing City a hard-earned three points.

City have won all 14 of their Premier League games against the Cherries – the best 100% record by one team against another in top-flight history.

Their next five league matches – all against teams currently in the top seven – will go a long way to defining their campaign.

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AFC Bournemouth

  1. Squad number1Player nameNeto

  2. Squad number15Player nameA Smith

  3. Squad number27Player nameZabarnyi

  4. Squad number25Player nameSenesi

  5. Squad number3Player nameKerkez

  6. Squad number10Player nameChristie

  7. Squad number4Player nameL Cook

  8. Squad number24Player nameSemenyo

  9. Squad number19Player nameKluivert

  10. Squad number16Player nameTavernier

  11. Squad number9Player nameSolanke

  1. Squad number8Player nameFaivre

  2. Squad number11Player nameOuattara

  3. Squad number14Player nameScott

  4. Squad number17Player nameSinisterra

  5. Squad number26Player nameÜnal

Manchester City

  1. Squad number11Player nameDoku
  2. Squad number17Player nameDe Bruyne
  3. Squad number19Player nameÁlvarez



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Neto
  • 15A Smith
  • 27Zabarnyi
  • 25SenesiBooked at 70minsSubstituted forFaivreat 80′minutes
  • 3KerkezSubstituted forSinisterraat 88′minutes
  • 10ChristieSubstituted forÜnalat 88′minutes
  • 4L CookBooked at 38mins
  • 24Semenyo
  • 19KluivertSubstituted forScottat 69′minutes
  • 16TavernierSubstituted forOuattaraat 68′minutes
  • 9Solanke


  • 6Mepham
  • 8Faivre
  • 11Ouattara
  • 14Scott
  • 17Sinisterra
  • 20Radu
  • 26Ünal
  • 42Travers
  • 48Kinsey-Wellings

Man City

Formation 3-2-4-1

  • 31Ederson
  • 6Aké
  • 3Rúben Dias
  • 25Akanji
  • 8KovacicSubstituted forDe Bruyneat 84′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 5Stones
  • 47Foden
  • 16Rodri
  • 27NunesSubstituted forDokuat 63′minutes
  • 20Bernardo SilvaBooked at 87mins
  • 9HaalandSubstituted forÁlvarezat 75′minutes


  • 2Walker
  • 10Grealish
  • 11Doku
  • 17De Bruyne
  • 18Ortega
  • 19Álvarez
  • 21Gómez
  • 52Bobb
  • 82Lewis

Live Text

  1. Match ends, Bournemouth 0, Manchester City 1.

  2. Second Half ends, Bournemouth 0, Manchester City 1.

  3. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Foul by Romain Faivre (Bournemouth).

  6. Attempt missed. Dominic Solanke (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

  7. Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  8. Foul by Adam Smith (Bournemouth).

  9. Attempt missed. Enes Ünal (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Antoine Semenyo with a cross.

  10. Substitution, Bournemouth. Luis Sinisterra replaces Milos Kerkez.

  11. Substitution, Bournemouth. Enes Ünal replaces Ryan Christie.

  12. Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Foul by Bernardo Silva (Manchester City).

  14. Antoine Semenyo (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  16. Foul by Ryan Christie (Bournemouth).

  17. Attempt missed. Dango Ouattara (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ryan Christie.

  18. Substitution, Manchester City. Kevin De Bruyne replaces Mateo Kovacic.

  19. Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Alex Scott.

  20. Attempt blocked. Jérémy Doku (Manchester City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Rodri.

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