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Posted Sat 17 Sep 16 at 16:49 PM

Report: Manchester City 4-0 AFC Bournemouth - Cherries well beaten at Etihad Stadium

AFC Bournemouth were well beaten by Manchester City at Etihad Stadium.

The home side, out to maintain their 100 percent record in the Premier League, made a fast start from which the Cherries never really recovered.

Kevin De Bruyne was the star of the show, and after he opened the scoring on 15 minutes City never looked back.

Bournemouth did threaten on the counter, with Josh King particularly lively up top, but in the end the hosts were much the better side and would run in three further goals over the piece.

Eddie Howe made a solitary change to the starting line-up that had seven days earlier secured victory against West Bromwich Albion. Jack Wilshere was in for his first Premier League start in AFC Bournemouth colours, with Callum Wilson dropping to the bench.

Within ten seconds De Bruyne had stung the palms of Artur Boruc with a swirling shot from 25 yards out.

Up until the 15-minute mark the Cherries restricted the hosts to very few opportunities, but after Jack Wilshere was deemed to have unfairly barged Nolito off the ball on the edge of the area, De Bruyne stepped up to break the deadlock.

From 20 yards out the Belgian sent a low free-kick under the wall and into the bottom corner of Boruc’s net.

Immediately from the restart City regained possession, with De Bruyne once again feeding Nolito who fluffed his lines when unmarked in the left channel.

For all City’s possession, the pace of lone frontman Josh King was a constant threat to central defensive pair Aleksandar Kolarov and Nicolas Otamendi.

But City soon doubled their lead following a swift counter attack. 

De Bruyne was once again at the heart of the move releasing Raheem Sterling, who after drawing Boruc out of his goal squared for Kelechi Iheanacho to tap in to an empty net from close range.

The remainder of the first passed without any real further goalmouth action, aside for a half-chance for the Cherries. Once again, King scampered into the channel, with his run picked out by a well-weighted Jordon Ibe pass. On the stretch, King’s effort was well blocked by Claudio Bravo in the City goal.

Wilson was introduced in place of Ibe at half time, as Bournemouth went in search of a route back into the game.

Stanislas failed to connect with Charlie Daniels’ pull back from the left, and just as it seemed the Cherries would begin the half on the front-foot City effectively put the game to bed.

Iheanacho escaped in behind the Bournemouth backline before rolling the ball across the face of goal for Sterling to bundle home at the back post.

Despite the scoreline, Bournemouth continued in their efforts to get back in the game. Wilson combined with Wilshere before skipping infield and unleashing a shot that was well held by Bravo.

Either side of the hour-mark Sterling twice went close to extending City’s lead, first with a left-footed effort from range before seeing Boruc block following a mazy run into the Bournemouth area.

A fourth City goal did arrive on 66 minutes, with De Bruyne feeding Ilkay Gundogan who finished when arriving into the penalty area.

Much of the second half then petered out. Adam Smith sent a low daisy-cutter wide before Wilson saw an unorthodox effort bounce into the ground and off the crossbar.

Nolito was sent off late on for putting his head towards Adam Smith but in the end, the travelling Bournemouth fans had little to cheer with City comfortably seeing the game out.

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