Sterling stuns as Man City claim last-gasp win
- Mike Dean
Raheem Sterling scored with the last kick of the game as AFC Bournemouth were cruelly denied in a 2-1 loss against Manchester City.
Charlie Daniels put Bournemouth ahead with a simply sensational half volley from the left side of the penalty area, though Gabriel Jesus' quick thinking soon brought the visitors level.
Both Joshua King and Nicolas Otamendi hit the post for their sides after the break, and while the Cherries seemed to have survived a late City push the visitors stole the points deep into added time through a deflected strike from Sterling.
There were three changes from last Saturday’s Watford match, Jermain Defoe, Tyrone Mings and Dan Gosling – who all started the Carabao Cup win midweek – were in from the off against City.
The home fans were in good voice in the Vitality sunshine at kick-off and the Cherries started with high energy.
King pushed forwards, found Adam Smith’s right-wing run but as the ball was returned to the striker his shot was blocked.
Kevin De Bruyne’s cross took a touch off Nathan Ake and into Asmir Begovic’s grateful gloves, but there was no doubting that hosts had the better of the opening ten minutes.
The good start soon became great as Daniels smashed home a simply stunning opener.
Dan Gosling’s cross from the left was headed away by Vincent Kompany but only into the path of the Cherries left-back, who caught a half volley with a purity that saw the ball arrow across goal, off the underside of the cross bar and into the net.
Bournemouth’s first Premier League goal of the season further buoyed the home fans, and a second nearly followed when Andrew Surman’s pinpoint ball allowed Defoe to volley in a shot that was blocked well by City ‘keeper Ederson.
Sterling curled in a shot to give Begovic his first save to make before, with one of their first attacks of the game, the visitors levelled through the quick thinking of Jesus.
The young Brazilian started the 21st-minute move with a free-kick taken rapidly to David Silva, the Spaniard returning swiftly for the forward-running Jesus to poke home a smart finish and level proceedings.
City with their tails up, Jesus soon fired just wide from a low centre while David Silva’s volley dipped a couple of yards over the Bournemouth bar.
The sky blues were buzzing, a sharp save from Begovic keeping Danilo’s shot out, before the Bosnia international held a shot from Bernardo Silva after the Cherries had given the ball away.
The Cherries began to win back possession and re-find their feet in the game, though Begovic was called on again before the half-time break to save from Fernandinho.
The second period started with the away side dominating possession and looking to pull the Cherries apart to find space.
The Cherries won a free-kick when Kompany felled King, but when their training-ground routine backfired City were soon four on one in attack. De Bruyne’s ball across was aimed for Bernardo Silva, but the summer signing from Monaco couldn’t take the pass in his stride and the hosts cleared.
Bournemouth then came within the width of the upright from re-establishing their lead. Harry Arter won back possession on the edge of the City area and his ball across picked out King - only for the Norwegian’s effort to canon back off the post.
Arter’s shot deflected over for a Cherries corner as the home momentum started to build again. The surge was nearly stopped by Fernandinho, however, who again tested Begovic’s handling with a low drive.
The visitors soon levelled the post-hitting stakes when Otamendi’s header from a corner bounced off the inside of the woodwork and kindly into the hands of Begovic.
City's high pace was draining the Cherries going into the closing ten minutes, Daniels brilliant in tackling David Silva, who looked certain to score.
Sterling slashed a shot over in the five minutes of injury time, while King forced a save from Ederson.
There was drama at the very last, however, Sterling pouncing in the box to convert - the England man shown a second yellow card in the aftermath for his part in the celebrations.
But the defeat was after a brilliant effort from the Cherries who, on another day, could've taken a point.