Thursday, June 4
Aug 10, 2019 at 12.30pm UK
West HamWest Ham United
Man CityManchester City
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Jesus (25'), Sterling (51', 75', 91'), Aguero (86' pen.)

Live Commentary: West Ham United 0-5 Manchester City - as it happened

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Relive Sports Mole's live coverage as Manchester City begin the new Premier League campaign with a 5-0 victory over West Ham United on Saturday afternoon.

A hat-trick from Raheem Sterling has helped Manchester City to a 5-0 victory over West Ham United in Saturday's Premier League fixture.

Each of Sterling's efforts came in the second half, after Gabriel Jesus had initially given City a one-goal lead at the break.

Sergio Aguero also netted from the spot as Pep Guardiola's side showed their ruthless streak against a Hammers team who were ultimately outclassed.

Find out how all of the action unfolded in East London courtesy of Sports Mole's minute-by-minute updates below.

Hello and welcome to Sports Mole's live coverage of the Premier League encounter between West Ham United and Manchester City. Having witnessed Liverpool make a winning start on Friday night, defending champions City will be hoping to match the Champions League winners with three points at the London Stadium. As the two teams make their way out onto the pitch, let's see who features in each starting lineup...
WEST HAM UNITED XI: Fabianski; Fredericks, Balbuena, Diop, Cresswell; Rice, Wilshere; Antonio, Lanzini, Anderson; Haller

WEST HAM UNITED SUBSTITUTES: Jimenez, Zabaleta, Ogbonna, Sanchez, Fornals, Snodgrass, Hernandez

MANCHESTER CITY XI: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Laporte, Zinchenko; Rodri, De Bruyne, D.Silva; Mahrez, Sterling, Jesus

MANCHESTER CITY SUBSTITUTES: Bravo, Cancelo, Otamendi, Gundogan, Foden, B.Silva, Aguero

KICKOFF:  West Ham get us underway!
The Hammers have had the better of the opening two minutes, keeping the ball in the left corner without getting a cross into the area. We have also had a stoppage in play due to a knock sustained by Cresswell, but he is back on his feet.
It has been a lively start from the Hammers, who are passing the ball around well and persisting with harassing City when they lose possession.
Rodri gives the ball away inside the penalty area, and Lanzini attempts to advance towards goal. However, the playmaker throws himself to the floor in a bid to win a penalty. It certainly wasn't a foul...
SHOT!  City have warmed up over the past couple of minutes, and their first shot of the match comes from Mahrez, who forces Fabianski into a fine save down to his right with a 20-yard effort.
City have gained control now. It has also resulted in less noise from the home supporters. Already, West Ham need to find a second wind to keep the pressure on City.
It is also noticeable how Lanzini is remaining on the shoulder of Rodri in an attempt to prevent City using their holding midfielder. It has worked well so far.
SHOT!  West Ham have improved over the last couple of minutes, but City get another shot away, this time through Silva. However, the Spaniard's low strike was dragged wide from 20 yards.
Sterling wins a free kick for City out on the left, but Silva's quick set piece catches everyone out, even his own teammates. Guardiola does not look amused.
City have kept the ball inside the West Ham half of the pitch for the last minute or so, but the Hammers look settled at the back.
CHANCE!  West Ham are starting to look a bit leggy. City up the tempo with Mahrez being found on the right-hand side of the area, and the Mahrez leaves a West Ham defender on the floor by cutting inside onto his left. However, a low shot is hooked into the side-netting.
You can only be impressed with how City have performed so far, but some of their players - most notably Wilshere - look tired.
GOAL!  It was coming. Walker accelerates down the right to pull the ball back into the middle and Jesus - after a deflection from Diop - is able to convert from six yards out at the near post.
City are already starting to go through the gears. Guardiola's side look to have really benefitted from last week's run-out against Liverpool.
Cresswell has absolutely no answer to Walker and Mahrez down the right flank. Time and time again, the overlap is on and the visitors are taking full advantage.
Rice successfully wins the ball in midfield, and it at least gets the West Ham fans on their feet. Things have gone a bit flat, so it was required.
We are having a stoppage in play after Rodri caught an arm in the face from Antonio. It was completely accidental, and the quick decision from VAR confirms that.
SHOT!  West Ham needed that breather and an improved period of play has followed. A ball into the box found Haller but with his back to goal, the summer signing could only hook a tame shot towards the corner which was easily claimed by Ederson.
That brief burst of energy from West Ham has taken away any complacency which may have been creeping into City's play. They are currently enjoying a prolonged period on the ball.
SHOT!  That passage of play ends with De Bruyne finding a bit of room on the edge of the area, but the Belgian's well-struck attempt is dealt with by Fabianski to his right.
Rice is getting through plenty of work in the West Ham midfield. If he isn't trying to get the ball further forward, the England international appears to be in the centre of his side's attempts to reclaiming the ball.
West Ham's sole objective now will be to get through to half time without further damage. They have definitely had their moments, but City are bossing the ball now.
City surge forward yet again and Sterling appears certain to get a shot away from distance. However, Rice gets back to make a timely intervention.
There will be one minute of added-on time.
HALF TIME:  West Ham United 0-1 Manchester City
The half-time whistle goes at the London Stadium and City lead thanks to Jesus's close-range finish in the 25th minute. The visitors will probably feel that they have should more goals to their name, but West Ham - who impressed during the early stages - remain competitive in this contest.
A quick reminder of the two benches...

WEST HAM UNITED SUBSTITUTES: Jimenez, Zabaleta, Ogbonna, Sanchez, Fornals, Snodgrass, Hernandez

MANCHESTER CITY SUBSTITUTES: Bravo, Cancelo, Otamendi, Gundogan, Foden, B.Silva, Aguero

The two teams are slowly beginning to emerge for the second half. It looks like we are going to see Pablo Fornals.
KICKOFF:  City get us back underway.
Spanish playmaker Fornals has been introduced for Antonio. He has started the second half on the left, with Anderson switching to the right.
City have picked up where they left off. The ball is being sprayed about with such confidence, and West Ham are simply chasing at this stage.
DISALLOWED GOAL!  City have their second and it is Sterling who has got his name on the scoresheet. De Bruyne accelerated through the middle, leaving Balbuena behind him, and after laying the ball to his left for Sterling, the winger took his time before sending a low shot under Fabianski and inside the near post.

City think that they have scored a marvellous team goal, with Jesus converting from close range after a cross from Sterling. However, after a bit of a delay, VAR determines that the winger was millimetres offside!
There was a deafening cheer from the home supporters when that goal got ruled out. To the naked eye, it looked onside, but technology said different.
SUBSTITUTION! West Ham have also made another change, with Snodgrass being introduced to replace Wilshere. The Englishman has been off the pace today.
CHANCE!  It should be 2-1. Snodgrass whips in a fine set piece from the left, one which seems perfect for Diop to head on target. However, with Ederson nowhere to be seen, the defender directed the ball marginally over the crossbar.
YELLOW CARD!  Balbuena goes into the book for a late challenge on Jesus by the halfway line.
YELLOW CARD!  Now Anderson receives a caution for going in late on Laporte, although it looked a bit innocuous to me.
This is a big blow to West Ham. Anderson is going to have to be withdrawn due to what appears to be a thigh problem.
SUBSTITUTION! Hernandez is the player to be introduced in his place. West Ham have no changes left. City have all three.
There are still only two goals in this, but the game feels over as a contest. The two bookings a few minutes ago led to West Ham losing all of their momentum.
SUBSTITUTION! Here comes City's first alteration, with Aguero coming on for Jesus.
We have spoken a few times about West Ham being off the pace, but City's Zinchenko has not looked very assured at the back. You have to wonder how long the Ukrainian will get in the role with Cancelo able to play in that position.
CHANCE!  Out of nowhere, Ederson is forced in to making two saves of the highest order. Firstly, Hernandez appeared destined to score from close range, only for the goalkeeper to parry the ball away, before the Brazilian got across his goal to claw away Lanzini's header.
GOAL!  Game over. Mahrez provides a superb floated pass for Sterling, who has advanced behind the West Ham defender, and the winger does the rest with a cool lob over Fabianski. VAR checked the goal and it was tighter than the previous disallowed effort. However, this one stands.
That goal will likely knock the stuffing out of the remainder of the contest. This has been almost perfect from City. West Ham haven't played that badly either. They've just been outclassed.
SUBSTITUTIONS! City make their final two changes as Gundogan and Foden replace De Bruyne and Silva.
To their credit, West Ham are still doing their best to find a consolation goal. That said, City look equally determined to find a fourth.
PENALTY!  That fourth may arrive now. Diop trips Mahrez inside the area, and it is a definite spot kick.
Aguero sees his spot kick - which was poor - saved by Fabianski, but there is going to be a re-take. Fabianski had come off his line, while there were a couple of players who had encroached.
GOAL!  Aguero makes no mistake with his second opportunity, drilling his effort to Fabianski's right.
YELLOW CARD!  Walker goes into the book for kicking Snodgrass on the knee by the touchline.
There will be five minutes of added-on time.
GOAL!  This is harsh on West Ham. Mahrez threads a beautiful ball into the path of Sterling, who takes a touch before placing the ball inside the near post from 12 yards.
GOAL!  This is harsh on West Ham. Mahrez threads a beautiful ball into the path of Sterling, who takes a touch before placing the ball inside the near post from 12 yards.
YELLOW CARD!  Sterling goes into the book for a needless foul on the edge of the area. Hernandez sent the set piece over the crossbar.
FULL TIME:  West Ham United 0-5 Manchester City
The full-time whistle goes at the London Stadium and City have ran out 5-0 winners. West Ham don't deserve to lose so heavily, but City shown a ruthless streak in the final third.

That will be all from Sports Mole for this match. Thank you for joining us this afternoon and we hope to see you again soon. If you would like to read our on-the-whistle match report, you can do so by clicking here. Goodbye for now.

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