Michail Antonio scored an exquisite aim to earn his aspect a hard-earned level towards Manchester Metropolis, who’ve now received as soon as in 4 Premier League video games.
Antonio’s spectacular acrobatic overhead volley from Vladimir Coufal’s cross put the Hammers forward at London Stadium – and offered one other twist on this unpredictable top-flight season.
However substitute Phil Foden equalised for Metropolis six minutes after approaching at first of the second half, producing a very good flip to attain following Joao Cancelo’s move.
Metropolis dominated possession and despatched on Kevin de Bruyne, who had missed the earlier two video games by way of damage, however couldn’t discover a winner and stay anchored within the backside half of the desk after 5 video games.
In a setback for the guests, Sergio Aguero didn’t seem for the beginning of the second half due to an damage.
Arduous-working West Ham constructing momentum
Having misplaced their opening two video games, West Ham have taken eight factors from their previous 4 matches, and might add a well-earned level towards Metropolis to spectacular wins over Leicester and Wolves.
Final Sunday, it was Manuel Lanzini who got here up with an excellent aim because the Hammers battled again from 3-0 down to attract 3-3 at Tottenham.
Lanzini’s heroics weren’t sufficient to earn him a beginning place as Antonio produced a marvel aim, beating Ruben Dias to energy an overhead kick past Ederson and provides David Moyes’ aspect a lead towards the run of the play.
Metropolis complained there was a handball within the build-up by Tomas Soucek, which VAR checked. The aim would have been dominated out if Soucek, who had saved the ball in play earlier than passing for Coufal to arrange Antonio, had been judged to have intentionally dealt with – however VAR dominated that was not the case.
West Ham labored laborious however needed to dig deep to safe a primary level towards Metropolis since January 2016.
Keeper Lukasz Fabianski produced two wonderful saves to maintain out substitute De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez as Metropolis completed strongly.
Ultimately it was a powerful level for West Ham, who had misplaced their earlier eight video games towards Metropolis by an mixture rating of 25-3.
Every part however the (second) aim
Metropolis did every thing however rating a second aim as they peppered West Ham’s web with 14 makes an attempt, and have now dropped seven factors from their first 5 video games.
Regardless of dominating the opening 45 minutes, they struggled to create clear-cut probabilities and it was solely after the introductions of Foden and De Bruyne that Fabianski was significantly examined.
De Bruyne regarded sharp for the 22 minutes he was on the pitch, and his return is a big constructive earlier than a packed schedule for Pep Guardiola’s aspect; they don’t have a free midweek earlier than the following worldwide break in November.
A number of key gamers are nonetheless lacking for Metropolis, amongst them Gabriel Jesus, whose return date stays unclear.
As well as, it’s unclear if Aguero is going through one other spell out after the Argentine suffered what Guardiola described as a “muscular damage”.
With accidents impacting, Metropolis named an unchanged line-up in consecutive video games underneath Guardiola for the primary time since October 2017.
Guardiola mentioned on the eve of this sport that he anticipated “normality” to return to the Premier League, with no runaway winners as has occurred in latest seasons when Metropolis and Liverpool have gone on to assert the title.
Nevertheless, the house sport with Liverpool on 8 November already seems like a pivotal fixture by way of Metropolis’s Premier League ambitions this season.
Moyes’ first level towards Metropolis for seven years – the very best of the stats
- David Moyes registered his first level towards Manchester Metropolis within the Premier League since March 2013, when he received 2-0 with Everton. Previous to this sport, he had misplaced the previous seven towards Metropolis within the high flight.
- Metropolis have received eight factors from their 5 Premier League video games this season – their lowest complete at this stage of the season since 2014-15.
- West Ham have misplaced two of their previous 10 Premier League video games (W4 D4 L2), going unbeaten in every of the previous 4 (W2 D2).
- Metropolis have conceded in three consecutive Premier League video games in London for the primary time since January 2016 underneath Manuel Pellegrini, when the third sport in that run additionally got here towards West Ham.
- All 39 of Michail Antonio’s Premier League targets have been scored from contained in the penalty space.
- Metropolis have by no means misplaced a match in all competitions through which Phil Foden has scored (W15 D1).
West Ham have per week to arrange for subsequent Saturday’s journey reigning champions Liverpool (17:30 GMT), whereas Manchester Metropolis are in France on Tuesday to face Champions League Group C rivals Marseille (20:00 GMT).
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Match ends, West Ham United 1, Manchester Metropolis 1.
Second Half ends, West Ham United 1, Manchester Metropolis 1.
Nook, Manchester Metropolis. Conceded by Lukasz Fabianski.
Try saved. Riyad Mahrez (Manchester Metropolis) left footed shot from the left aspect of the six yard field is saved within the backside left nook. Assisted by Ilkay Gündogan.
Fabián Balbuena (West Ham United) is proven the yellow card for a nasty foul.
Rúben Dias (Manchester Metropolis) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Foul by Fabián Balbuena (West Ham United).
Foul by Phil Foden (Manchester Metropolis).
Aaron Cresswell (West Ham United) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Try missed. Rodrigo (Manchester Metropolis) proper footed shot from outdoors the field is excessive and broad to the suitable.
Try saved. Raheem Sterling (Manchester Metropolis) proper footed shot from the centre of the field is saved within the centre of the aim. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne.
Foul by Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester Metropolis).
Andriy Yarmolenko (West Ham United) wins a free kick within the attacking half.
Riyad Mahrez (Manchester Metropolis) wins a free kick within the attacking half.
Foul by Sébastien Haller (West Ham United).
Try saved. Pablo Fornals (West Ham United) proper footed shot from outdoors the field is saved within the high centre of the aim. Assisted by Andriy Yarmolenko.
Nook, Manchester Metropolis. Conceded by Arthur Masuaku.
Hand ball by Tomas Soucek (West Ham United).
Foul by Rúben Dias (Manchester Metropolis).
Pablo Fornals (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.