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Posted Mon 13 Feb 17 at 22:00 PM

Report: AFC Bournemouth 0-2 Manchester City

AFC Bournemouth were beaten 2-0 by Manchester City at Vitality Stadium.

Having already hit the woodwork, Raheem Sterling opened the scoring on 29 minutes while a delayed decision ruled out Joshua King's strike, which meant City were ahead at the interval.

The Cherries went toe-to-toe with the visitors after the break until a Tyrone Mings own goal knocked the stuffing out of home chances in the encounter.

There were three changes to the Cherries line-up from the defeat at Everton; the trio of Adam Smith, Charlie Daniels and Jordon Ibe in as Mings, Dan Gosling and Marc Pugh dropped to the bench.

The match started at a racing race, Kevin De Bruyne mis-kicking from inside the box while a Cherries break saw Charlie Daniels fizz in a cross the Willy Caballero was able to claim.

After 15 minutes City were dealt an injury blow as Gabriel Jesus pulled up, replaced by a more than able deputy in Sergio Aguero.

Some intricate attacking play allowed the hosts to get within a toe-end of taking the lead. 

Ibe exchanged passes with Jack Wilshere on the edge of the box and through on goal; the winger knocked the ball round Caballero but the City 'keeper's outstretched boot just managed to poke the ball away.

Midway through the half Bournemouth suffered their own early injury setback as Francis left the field and was replaced by Mings.

Steve Cook produced a stunning block as he diverted Sterling's strike onto the post, the visitors showing their attacking potency following Leroy Sane's left-wing run.

However, the same three players were in the thick of the action as City took the lead minutes later.

Sane was the instigator, crossing low with Cook's deflection diverting the ball into the path of Sterling, who tapped home at the far post.

Within two minutes it seemed the Cherries were level as Ibe's inswinging ball was expertly swept home by King. 

The home players celebrated but the play was pulled back late by the referee as he judged there to have been a foul by King on John Stones in the build-up.

David Silva saw a shot gathered by Artur Boruc, though the Cherries' search for an equaliser before the break weren't over, Ryan Fraser's dangerous ball deflected just wide by a City defender.

In injury time at the end of the half Wilshere hobbled off having previously had treatment on his ankle, replaced by Benik Afobe.

The second half started without further changes to the line-ups, and the home side quickly had the bit between their teeth.

Daniels probed and forced a terrific Stones challenge in his box, while Bacary Sagna's loose back-pass was within inches of playing King through on goal. 

A searching Fraser ball set Afobe free down the right, the striker cutting inside and teeing up Harry Arter who forced a good Caballero save from 20 yards out.

City showed their ruthlessness on 68 minutes as they doubled their lead.

Stirling weaved past Smith on the left and pulled back for Aguero to stab at a shot, the final touch coming off Mings for an own goal.

With City increasingly exploiting the space granted as Bournemouth pushed for a way back into the game, Fernandinho wastefully headed over from a cross.

The away side were taking the sting out of the game, but after Mings lost possession Sane pounced and fired a left-footed shot against the bar. 

Aleksandar Kolorov tested Boruc's wrists with a fierce late drive as City claimed the points at Vitality Stadium.

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